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.

GR Yaris0W-20
Yaris Cross0W-8
Toyota C-HR0W-16
RAV4 Plug-in0W-16
GR Supra0W-20
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.

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. HI. I have recently bought a Jap Import: 2.4ltr Estima Hybrid 2009/10. MX59VZT. Which Oil? And is there a difference if i use C2 or C3?

    Also, please can you advise if there is a CVT transmission service required in regular intervals?

    The manual is in Japanese, so am clueless.

    1. Hi Shaz,
      Unfortunately, we do not have any information on imported vehicles.
      We would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota Centre to see if they can assist you further.

  2. Hi ,
    I am using toyota Verso 2011 2.0 dcat Diesel, could you please advice me the motor oil number and details?

    Thanking you


  3. Hi, Could you please, help me to decide whether it is good to use Castrol Edge 5W30 LL Fully Synthetic Engine oil for my Toyota Auris 1.6 petrol 2009?
    Thank you for your reply in advance.

  4. Hi,
    My name is Tabs just need to know as I have toyota Auris Hybrid 1.8 petrol which Engine oil is suitable for my car???

  5. Hi Toyota,
    I own Toyota proace Verso 2020, reg no. HJ20HRP
    Can you please tell me what engine oil I need as it is not mentioned in the owners manual.
    Thanks, Ole

    1. Hi Ole,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our Technical Team have recommended that Engine Oil (ACEA C2) 0W-30 PFE is suitable for your Proace Verso.

    1. Hi Nebil,
      Thanks for your comment.
      As stated in your Owner’s Manual, SAE 0W-20 is filled into your Toyota vehicle at manufacturing, and the best choice for good fuel economy and good starting in cold weather.
      If SAE 0W-20 oil is not available, SAE 5W-30 oil may be used. However, it should be replaced with SAE 0W-20 at the next oil change.

    1. Hello Akhlas, thanks for your comment.

      We are only able to advise on UK vehicles. Please contact Toyota in your local area directly.


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