How Often Should You Change the Synthetic Oil in Your Toyota?

Synthetic Oil Change Intervals for Toyota Models

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your new 2016 Toyota Tacoma and regular maintenance will ensure that your new pickup will run clean and healthy well into the future. Perhaps the most important aspect of vehicle maintenance is changing your oil at regular intervals.
The majority of Toyota models require a standard oil change interval that is applicable to nearly any brand. Many next-generation Toyota models, however, employ refined powertrains that employ synthetic oil for improved performance, and that will alter oil change intervals. Take a closer look at synthetic oil change intervals for Toyota models and keep your Toyota in tip-top shape.

Standard Oil Change Intervals

A good rule of thumb when it comes to standard oil change intervals is — every 5,000 miles or every six months between scheduled oil changes. Following this rule will keep your engine well lubricated and running smoothly, ensuring that your 2016 Toyota Camry will maintain peak performance. Bear in mind, that if you drive a Toyota model that is compatible with synthetic oil, recommended oil change intervals may change.

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Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Several new editions in the Toyota model lineup require that you use 0W-20 synthetic oil and have been approved for longer oil change intervals. Many Toyota models that require synthetic oil recommend an oil change every 10,000 miles or every 12 months, though you should always check your oil levels regularly and top off as needed. Additional vehicles will employ 0W-20 synthetic oil as an alternative to 5W-20 mineral oil and still recommend standard oil change intervals. If you are unsure of where you stand, check with the Downeast Toyota Service Department to determine how often you should get your oil changed.

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We recommend that if you own a vehicle that uses synthetic oil, you still adhere to standard maintenance checks every 5,000 miles or every six months — to include tire rotations and brake fluid inspections. Toyota models that require synthetic oil and still recommend an oil change at shorter intervals include several Toyota editions that are destined for extensive use on off-road adventures or those that support E85 Flex Fuel. Models that you will find on this list include the 2016 Toyota 4Runner and redesigned Toyota Tacoma as well as the Flex Fuel variants of the 2016 Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia.
If you are looking for a more definitive answer to your questions about synthetic oil change intervals for Toyota models, you should check your owner’s manual. If the owner’s manual does not have the answer you are looking for, schedule a service appointment at Downeast Toyota and let our skilled service technicians take care of it for you. Regular oil changes will go a long way towards improving the performance of your new Toyota, and it is important that you know how often you should change your oil. Stay up to speed on regular vehicle maintenance to ensure your Toyota is in peak condition and running like a champ.

March 28, 2016
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