Engine oil: What oil for my Toyota?

The right grade of oil is vital to keep your Toyota’s engine working at its best. Your vehicle handbook will confirm the right grade for your car and your region. Alternatively, use this official online tool to identify which oil you should use.

Engine oil isn’t something you want to compromise on. Using the right lubricant keeps your engine running smoothly and preserves the life of its components. In fact, using the wrong grade of oil could be a costly mistake.

That’s especially true for diesels, which are very sensitive to the wrong grade. If you or whoever services your car replaces your diesel engine’s oil with the wrong type of lubricant it can cause the Diesel Particulate Filter to fail. You could be looking at a four-figure bill to put it right.

Engine oil: what the digits mean

There are a lot of numbers, letters and jargon surrounding engine oil, which can make finding the right grade confusing.

Essentially, you need to use oil that is the recommended viscosity. This is the ‘thickness’ of the oil and is usually displayed prominently on the packaging. A high viscosity oil will be more treacle-like in consistency, whereas a low viscosity oil is thinner and more free-flowing. Modern Toyota engines generally use low viscosity oils. They reduce friction within the engine, cut down on wear and tear and contribute to better fuel economy.

The following table displays the recommended oil specification for all current Toyota models and engine types.

Yaris 1.00W-16
Yaris 1.50W-20
Yaris Hybrid0W-20
Corolla 1.2T0W-20
Corolla 1.8 Hybrid0W-16
Corolla 2.0 Hybrid0W-16
C-HR 1.2T0W-20
C-HR 1.8 Hybrid0W-20
GR Supra0W-20
Prius Plug-in0W-16
Land Cruiser (all)0W-30
Hilux (all)0W-30
Proace (all)Please refer to your local Toyota centre
Proace Verso (all)Please refer to your local Toyota centre
right oil for toyota engine

How a specialist can help

If in doubt, seek help from your local Toyota centre. Our trained technicians and service advisors know Toyota cars inside out, and will be able to advise on the correct oil for your vehicle and maintenance schedule (Proace and Proace Verso). Toyota Genuine Motor Oil has been specifically formulated for use with our engines. You can’t buy better oil for your Toyota.

Whether you replace the engine oil yourself or ask a Toyota centre to do it for you, a regular oil change at the specified mileage or time is important. Even long-life oils become less effective over time, as the repeated cycles of heating and cooling steadily degrades the oil’s properties.

Your local Toyota centre isn’t the only place where you can buy Toyota Genuine Motor Oil. Head over to our eBay store and you can order oil to be delivered to your home or office. Wherever you buy your Toyota Genuine Motor Oil from, using the right grade is vital to preserve the performance, economy and reliability of your car.


  1. hello , greedings from Greece , i have a 2021 yaris hybrid 1.5 M15A-FXE toyota greece says 5-30 i read in the ouners manual 0w-8 what type do you use ? tnx

    1. Hi George,
      Thanks for contacting us.
      As we are Toyota UK, we can only advise on UK specification vehicles.
      We would recommend contacting Toyota Greece for further help regarding your query.

  2. Hi, I have a Toyota Yaris 09 plate. I have read online that 5W30 is best but I get confused when there are lots of versions of these at the shops with different car makers on (BMW, Ford etc), I never see one that has Toyota on it. Which one do I pick?

    1. Hi Kim,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      Could you please provide us with your reg? We can then explore this further for you.

  3. Hi,

    Can you advise if 5w-30 grade oil would be a suitable alternative for a 2013 Aygo? It shows up on Halfords/Eurocarparts as compatible when I put in my reg plate but I would like confirmation if possible.


    1. Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for contacting us.
      Please provide us with your UK reg, and we’ll look into this for you.

  4. Hi,
    I have a tot yoga Yaris hybrid 2016 petrol, looking to change the oil and I can see that the oil recommended is 0w-20, however on Toyota owner manual is showing 5w-30. Could you please advise me which one should I use it.

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Marcus,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Could you please provide us with your UK reg? We can then look into this for you.

      1. Hi Marcus,
        Thanks for your reply.
        Our technical team recommends 0W-20 AFE API SN/SM; ILSAC GF-5 (available in 1ltr part no: 08880-83264).
        Also, 0W-20 AFE Extra API SN Plus; ILSAC GF-5 (available in 5ltr part no: 08880-83886 or 1ltr part no: 08880-83885).

  5. Hi

    Can you recommend the best oil and filter for my Yaris? My Reg is MT51 GYK I’ve heard 5W30 is best but I want confirmation


    1. Hi Tobias,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      We’ve checked with our technical team, and Toyota genuine motor oil 5W30 is recommended for your vehicle.
      Regarding the filter, our advice is to use genuine parts that can be ordered or provided by your Toyota Centre.

  6. Hi,

    I wanted to find the correct fully synthetic oil for my 2009 Auris 1.6 Petrol. The reg is EK09YNO.

    Which correct one is suitable for my car?


    1. Hi Zakir, thanks for your comment.

      The engine oil required for your Auris is 0W-20 AFE (API SN/SM). The part number for that is 08880-83264 and it can be sourced through your local Toyota Centre.


      1. Hi,

        Thanks for your response. I see that this oil is recommended for Hybrid engines (Hybrid Synergy Drive). However my car (Auris MK1) is not an Hybrid. Is that still ok?


      2. Hi Zakir,
        Thanks for your reply.
        Our technical team have recommended the above engine oil for use with your vehicle.
        As long as you are using the recommended engine oil, this should be fine to use.

  7. Hi Toyota UK,
    Can you please tell me which engine oil would be best for my Land Cruiser (OC54 NHS) between a choice of either 5W40 Fully Synthetic Oil or 10W40 Part Synthetic Oil?

    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Oliver,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      We’ve checked with our technical team, and the engine oil grade listed for your vehicle is actually 5W30 PFE C2.

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