Beginning with the 2010MY, the Toyota Camry is now equipped with an all-new 2.5L four-cylinder engine. This engine replaces the aging 2.4L. Unfortunately, the new 2.5L engine (2AR-FE) requires the usage of 0w-20 synthetic oil. It also uses a cartridge oil filter. Yet, the service intervals are still set at 5000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. So, "everyday Joes" will now be forced to pay a significant premium for their oil changes. On average, five quarts of Amsoil 0w-20 and a Toyota cartridge filter will cost about $45. If you pay someone else perform the oil changes, add on an additional $25 for labor. Now, you're looking at ~$70 per oil change, several times a year as opposed to the normal ~$40 for a conventional oil change. For a mainstream car that is known for its appeal to cost-conscious individuals, do you folks feel that a synthetic oil requirement goes against the Toyota philosophy of low cost of ownership? Do you folks feel that it is unreasonable for an inexpensive car to require synthetic oil? Or is it something that we should learn to accept, as advances in engine technology and fuel economy will require increased maintenance costs. Because I for one, would not be too pleased if a relatively inexpensive, mainstream car require such "premium treatment." And I'm sure that many of my friends would feel the same way. Thoughts?
Engine oil selection “Toyota Genuine Motor Oil” is used in your Toyota vehicle. Use Toyota approved “Toyota Genuine Motor Oil” or equivalent to satisfy the following grade and viscosity. Oil grade: ILSAC multigrade engine oil
- 2.5 L 4-cylinder (2AR-FE) engine