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. Can you advise about the oil engine for my toyota yaris 2001 vehicle registration: rj51vkn.
    5w-30 castrol, manganet…

    Thank you so.much.

    1. Hi Raquel,
      Our technical team have recommended that 5W-30 FE is best for your Yaris.

      1. Hi Mikail,
        Please provide the vehicle registration so we can assist you with this.

    1. Hi Jess,
      SAE 0W-20 is filled into your Yaris at manufacturing.
      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.

  2. New Toyota Argo x wn22 zwp. Could you recommend correct engine oil I have been told 0w-8. Thanks. Tony

    1. Hi Tony,
      Thanks for your comment.
      As stated in the Aygo X Owner’s Manual, SAE 0W-16 is filled into your Aygo X at manufacturing.
      If SAE 0W-16 oil is not available, SAE 0W-20 oil may be used.
      However, it should be replaced with SAE 0W-16 at the next oil change.
      We hope this helps.

  3. Hi please whats the best engine oil for my automatic Toyota Auris 2007 WG09 HNE?

    And do you have any recommendations for anti-freeze/coolant and break fluid or transmission fluid? I’m a new driver 🙂

    Thank you

    1. Hi Ab, thanks for your comment.

      We can only advise on UK vehicles. Please contact Toyota Dubai directly.


      Toyota UK

    1. Hi Helen, thanks for your comment.

      We will need your full registration number to obtain the correct information.


      Toyota UK

    1. Hi,

      The recommended oil for your vehicle is listed in the article above – 0W-20 or 5W-30.


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