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.

1,431 comments

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Thanks for your question.
      Our technical team have advised engine oil 0W-20.
      This is available to purchase from Toyota Parts Centre.
      Thanks.

  1. Hi i live in Greece with hot climate.I own a Toyota Auris 1,4 d4d.Everybody says i should use 5w30 .Can i use 5w40 or even 0w40 acea. C2 or c3?it over 40c in summer and i think its not good for the engine. Thanks .

  2. Hi there, I have recently bought an old 1994 Toyota lucida, may be down as the Estima Emina model, has lost a bit of engine oil recently and need to know which type I need please. It’s got 240k on the clock but pretty sure this is still in km as was imported and don’t think converted. It hasn’t come with a manual and the only ones I can find online aren’t really for this model. There are a few bits I need to source and would love further help, but for now the pressing issue is the oil if you can help with this. Many thanks

    1. Hi Darren.

      Congratulations on your new vehicle!

      We’d recommend contacting Toyota of the country in which your vehicle was produced for and supplied. As it’s not a UK spec vehicle, we wouldn’t have the technical details. Sorry about that.

      Thank you.

    1. Hi Yvonne,
      Thanks for your question.
      Our technical team have advised Engine Oil 5W-30 FE for this vehicle.
      This is available to purchase at Toyota Parts Centre.
      Thanks.

  3. Hi,
    I have a 2011 Toyota Avensis 2.2 diesel (reg EY61YPT).
    What engine oil would you recommend for UK driving please?
    Thanks.
    Terry.

    1. Hi Terry,
      Thanks for your question.
      Our technical team have advised Engine Oil 5W-30 PFE C2.
      Thanks.

  4. I read on the Toyota web site that home charge points are included with a new EV, or PHEV cars, when did this offer start?

    1. Hi Jan,
      Thanks for your question.
      Home Chargers became included with our PHEVs and EVs on 1st April 2022.
      Thanks.

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