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
Toyota 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.

1,391 comments

    1. Hi,

      That is not a vehicle we sold/sell in the UK.

      Please contact Toyota in your region for assistance.

      Thanks

      1. Hi Victor,

        We can only advise on UK specification vehicles. Please contact Toyota in your area for further assistance.

        Thanks,

        Toyota UK

    2. Hi,
      Im looking for suitable engine oil for japanise made 2002 Yaris I pre-facelift, 1,4 diesel d4d with high millage.
      Thanks in advance

      1. Hi Luke, thanks for your comment.

        If your Yaris is a UK specification vehicle, please provide us with your registration number.

        Thanks,

        Toyota UK

      1. Hi Gail,
        Please provide the vehicle registration so we can look into this for you.
        Thanks.

  1. Hi .
    I have just purchased a Toyota Aygo
    X plore the dealership are recommending 5W 30 engine oil but this site is recommending
    OW 16 .
    Why so different ?
    Who is right , any help greatly appreciated.

  2. HiAce Panel Van, 2494 cc Diesel, September 06, Vin No:JT121JK1100026586

    What triggers the ‘Oil Change’ light, I know how to reset it, not that I have ever had too, but I don’t know what triggers it to come on. I have never seen mine illuminated and I have gone over 10,000 miles between an oil change, in error.

    I was wondering if something like a sensor could be faulty and therefore not reminding me to change the oil.

    1. Hi Alan, thanks for your comment.

      We’d recommend getting in touch with your local Toyota Centre. The team there will be able to check over your Hiace and make sure everything is running smoothly, including the ol change light itself.

      Thanks,

      Toyota UK

  3. Hi I just want to double check what would be the best engine oil to use for my petrol Toyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i Icon Tech 5dr? I can see 0w-16 is recommended but all I can find is 0w-20 or 5w-20 which is better?

    1. Hi Junaid,
      Please provide the vehicle registration so we can look into this for you.
      Thanks.

      1. MF68WBM aswell can you find where I can buy the engine oil and which would be the best to use.

  4. What oil should I used for my Toyota Auris MK2 2013 model 1.3 litre engine .I was trying to use
    Castrol 5W-30 Magnatec (A5) is that ok to use this oil or should I use 5W-30 (C3)
    What is (A5) or (C2) or (C3) ?
    Please help me …

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Please provide the vehicle registration so we can look into this for you.
      Thanks.

  5. Can you advice Engine Oil required for Aygo 2005 Diesel?, doesn’t apart to be listed on the chart.

    1. Hi Jake,
      This vehicle registration is not showing up on our system.
      Please confirm that it is correct.
      Thanks.

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