Engine oil: What oil for my Toyota?

The right grade of oil is vital to keep your Toyota’s engine working at its best. The vehicle specification chapter in the owner’s manual will confirm the right grade for your car and your region.

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. The wrong grade of lubricant can cause the Diesel Particulate Filter to fail, which could land you with a four-figure repair bill.

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 as 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.

TOYOTA MODELRECOMMENDED ENGINE OIL GRADE
Aygo0W-16
Yaris0W-16
GR Yaris0W-20
Yaris Cross0W-8
Corolla0W-16
Camry0W-16
C-HR0W-16
RAV40W-16
RAV4 Plug-in0W-16
Highlander0W-16
GR 86TBC
GR Supra0W-20
Prius0W-16
Prius Plug-in0W-16
Land Cruiser (all)0W-30
Hilux (all)0W-30
Proace (all diesels)Please refer to your local Toyota centre
Proace Verso (all)Please refer to your local Toyota centre

Engine oil: older Toyota models

The following table displays the recommended oil specification
for the most frequently requested older Toyota models and engine types.

MODEL GENERATION / YEARS ENGINE RECOMMENDED OIL 
Aygo First-gen / 2005-2014 1.0-litre petrol 0W-20 or 5W-30 
Yaris First-gen / 1999-2005 1.3-litre petrol 5W-30 
Yaris Second-gen / 2006-2009 1.3-litre petrol 5W-30 
Yaris Second-gen / 2009-2011 1.33-litre petrol 0W-20 
Yaris Third-gen / 2011-2017 1.33-litre petrol 0W-20 
Corolla Ninth-gen / 2000-2006 All petrol and diesel 5W-30 
Auris First-gen / 2007-2012 1.6-litre petrol 5W-30 
Avensis Second-gen / 2003-2009 1.8-litre petrol 5W-30 
Avensis Second-gen / 2003-2009 2.0-litre diesel 5W-30 
Avensis Third-gen / 2009-2018 1.8-litre petrol 5W-30 
Avensis Third-gen / 2009-2018 2.0-litre diesel 0W-30 
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.

1,139 comments

    1. Hi Deas,
      We would recommend using 0W-20 oil for your Auris.
      If SAE 0W-20 oil is not available, SAE 5W-30 oil may be used.
      However, it should be replaced with 0W-20 at the next oil change.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Nadia,
      0W-20 is recommended for your RAV4.
      5W-30 oil may be used if 0W-20 is not available.
      However, it should be replaced with 0W-20 at the next oil change.
      Thanks.

  1. Hi, what oil is needed for a 2021 Toyota Corolla hatchback 1.8 design ?
    I went to Halfords and they only mentioned the 5w30.
    Thanks

  2. What oil would you recommend for a toyota yaris 2010 petrol CP10 xfg. I am sure it was 5w30 last time, it just needs a top (not a full oil change) but your list shows 0w20 and so does a couple automotive stores, with winter coming what is best?

    1. Hi James,
      We would recommend 0W-20 for your RAV4.
      If 0W-20 oil is not available, 5W-30 oil may be used.
      However, it should be replaced 0W-20 at the next oil change.
      Thanks.

  3. Hello ToyotaUK!
    Do you recommend the same engine oil for all climates? I just wonder what engine oil will be used for Toyota Rav4 Hybrid in hot climates. For example in UAE.
    Thank you in advance for your answer!

    1. Hi Rostyslav, thanks for your comment.

      We are not able to comment on this. We can only advise on our own climate and products here in the UK.

      Thanks.

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