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 CrossTBC
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
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.

1,127 comments

    1. Hi Riztiyaz,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Unfortunately we are only able to advise on UK specification vehicles.
      Please contact Toyota in your region for further assistance.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi J,
        Thanks for getting in touch.
        Please can you provide us with your full registration? We can then look into this for you.
        Thanks.

  1. Hi, can you recommend correct engine oil and general service replacement parts for my Toyota Prius 2007 model (LR57 LUY) Thank you.

    1. Hi Naresh,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The engine oil grade for this vehicle is 5W30 PFE C2.
      There are a range of parts that can be replaced during service that will depend on age of vehicle and mileage covered, so unfortunately we are unable to be specific.
      Thanks.

  2. Good morning, Could you please tell me if my Avensis reg no RK10XJT has a DPF fitted before I order oil for it. If it does then I understand a C2 oil is best for it. Is that correct? Many thanks

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Your vehicle is not fitted with a DPF. It is fitted with oxidation catalysts.
      The recommended engine oil for your Avensis is 0W-30 PFE ACEA A5/B5 C2.
      This Toyota Genuine Motor Oil has the part number 08880-82871 (5 litre) or 08880-82870 (1 litre) and is available from your nearest Toyota Parts Centre.
      Thanks.

  3. Hello there ,
    I have a Toyota Aygo 2008 petrol manual car

    I just purchased triple qx c3 engine oil from my local car parts dealer. I told the staff I want a c2 NOT c3 he said to him doesn’t really matter it’s the same product . Could I please get clarification from Toyota please

    1. Hi Jilani,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you could please provide us with your UK registration, we can look into this with our technical team for you.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi Jilani,
        Thanks for your reply.
        We’ve checked with our technical team, and the specified grade of oil for your vehicle is 5W30 PFE C2.

        There is a difference between the two classifications C2 and C3 as can be seen below from the ACEA website:
        C2 Stable, stay-in-grade Engine Oil with Mid SAPS-Level, intended for use as catalyst compatible Oil at extended Drain Intervals in Vehicles with all Types of modern Aftertreatment Systems and High Performance Passenger Car & Light Duty Van Gasoline & DI Diesel Engines that are designed to be capable of using Low Viscosity Oils with a minimum HTHS Viscosity of 2.9 mPa⋅s.
        C3 Stable, stay-in-grade Engine Oil with Mid SAPS-Level, intended for use as catalyst compatible Oil at extended Drain Intervals in Vehicles with all Types of modern Aftertreatment Systems and High Performance Passenger Car & Light Duty Van Gasoline & DI Diesel Engines that are designed to be capable of using Oils with a minimum
        HTHS Viscosity of 3.5 mPa⋅s.

        With the increase in level often comes in cost. The C3 appears to be higher spec, so can be used.
        Thanks.

      1. Hi Saikat,
        Thanks for your comment.
        Unfortunately, we are only able to advise on UK specification vehicles.
        Please contact Toyota in your region. They should be able to assist you further.
        Thanks.

    1. Hi Stan,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      Our technical team have advised that the oil grade for this vehicle is 5W30 PFE C2.
      Thanks.

  4. Hi, I have a Toyota Yaris hybrid (CY66 GJZ) could you please tell which oil I need for my car please
    Thank you

  5. Hello.

    I have a 2002 Toyota Land Cruiser Colorado (j90) D4D 3.0 Diesel which has done just over 70k miles.
    I want to do an oil change but don’t have the owners manual and keep finding conflicting information online about the best oil to use. I haven’t had the car long and dont know what spec oil has been used previously
    The genuine Toyota LandCruiser oil i found being sold on eBay is 5w30 fully synthetic, but I have seen online that a 10w40 is recommended for a diesel engine of this age.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks

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

      1. Hi Kev,
        Thanks for getting back to us.
        Our technical team have advised that Toyota Genuine Motor Oil 5W-30 PFE API CF; ACEA A5/B5 C2 is recommended for your vehicle.
        Thanks.

      1. Hi Ajaz,
        Thanks for your comment.
        Our technical team have advised that the engine oil grade for your Corolla is 5W-30 FE.
        Thanks.

    1. Hi Simon,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Unfortunately, we can only offer advice on UK specification Toyota vehicles.
      Please contact Toyota in your region for further help.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Thanks for your comment. Our technical team have advised that Toyota Genuine Motor Oil 0W-20 AFE or 0W-20 AFE Extra is recommended for your vehicle.
      Thanks.

  6. Hello there I have a Toyota Aygo 2008 model petrol manual (AY08 YTT) UK reg.

    Toyota Says car should give me approx 450 miles to the tank. But I don’t seem to get 450 . The highest I’ve got is 360 . Any suggestions

    1. Hi Jilani,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with your Aygo.
      There are many factors that impact fuel economy, such as driving style, driving conditions and the use of elements such as air conditioning.
      Although, there are some general driving tips that can help to maximise fuel economy. As with any vehicle, minimising hard acceleration, keeping your overall speed down, maintaining a smooth, constant speed whenever possible and planning ahead to manage your interactions with other vehicles and conserve your car’s momentum are all fuel-saving essentials. Keep acceleration light and gentle, but consistent.
      However, if you believe that there is something wrong with your vehicle, your nearest Toyota Centre will be able to look over it for you and make any necessary recommendations.
      Thanks.

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