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.

1,435 comments

  1. Hi, folks.

    Just wanted to check how much Engine Oil I need for my 1st Gen Toyota Aygo and how to measure it properly. As it has 2 dots to measure between but I had put 1L in and the dark solid colour was only to the 1st mark? i have used 15W-30 Engine Oil I think?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi,

      This depends on how much engine oil is already in the vehicle. The oil level should be between the first and second dot. Make sure your vehicle is on a flat surface to ensure an accurate reading.

      Thanks

  2. Hi there,

    Is it recommended to use 0w-16 on older Prius models too? We have a second-generation and a third-generation. They’re both over 100k mileage, if that has any effect. Cheers,

    1. Hi Rich,
      Please could you provide us with your vehicle registration so that we can look into this further.
      Thanks.

      1. Is there an email address I can send these details to? I could just cell the dealership I guess..

  3. HI, I have 3 Toyotas in my household! Please can you confirm the engine oil required for each ( I think it’s 5W30) – but in particular should it be C3 or A5? Reg no’s:
    WV57CZG
    GW55FNA
    AU05SBX
    Thanks

    1. Hi Gulnesha,
      Please could you provide us with your vehicle registration so that we can look into this for you.
      Thanks.

  4. Hi I would like to change engine oil my prius 2015 reg
    Which oil you recommend for buy and where I can buy genuine. Thanks

    1. Hi Iftekhar,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Please provide your vehicle registration so we can look into this for you.
      Thanks.

      1. Hi Iftekhar,
        We can only advise on vehicles built in the UK market.
        As stated in the blog, we recommend 0W-16 engine oil for the UK Prius.
        Thanks.

  5. Hi there I have auris 2014 1.6 petrol my registration number is RK14LHW can you please recommend which is the best oil to use? 15W 30 or 0W 20? Has currently 99k every dealership tells me different number and I am confused.

    Many thanks looking forward to hearing from you

    1. Hi Christos,
      Thanks for your question.
      Our technical team have advised the engine oil 0W-20 AFE.
      These are all available from a Toyota Centre or our eBay and Amazon stores.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Gary,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our technical team have advised that this vehicles oil grade is 5W30 PFE C2.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your question.
      As stated on this blog article, we recommend you use engine oil 0W-30.
      Thanks.

  6. Please can you advise which engine oil I should use for 2015 Toyota Verso Icon 1596cc. It is not included in the list shown on you website. Is there any particular brand which I must use or is any off the shelf brand with the specification OK? Many Thanks

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