Changing your engine oil regularly is one of the most essential maintenance tasks for keeping your Toyota RAV4 running smoothly. But before changing the oil, you need to know how much to put back in. That’s where knowing your TOYOTA RAV4 ENGINE OIL CAPACITY comes in handy. The oil capacity refers to the total amount of oil needed to fill the engine, oil filter, and oil passages.

This blog post will summarize the recommended oil capacity by RAV4 model year. We’ll discuss why using the correct amount of oil is essential. And we’ll We’ll also provide some tips on checking your oil level and deciding when it’s time for an oil change. You can keep your RAV4 engine properly lubricated and running well for years with the correct information.



The oil capacity for your RAV4 model year can be found in the owner’s manual for quick reference. We’ve included the oil capacities in a handy guide to streamline your maintenance process. Search for the model year of your RAV4 below like, and you’ll find the corresponding oil capacity listed next to it. This information will help you ensure you use the correct amount of oil during routine maintenance.

Model YearOil Capacity
20234.8 qt. (4.5 L)
20224.8 qt. (4.5 L)
20214.8 qt. (4.5 L)
20204.8 qt. (4.5 L)
20194.8 qt. (4.5 L)
20184.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20174.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20164.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20154.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20144.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20134.6 qt. (4.4 L)
20122.5 L 4-cylinder: 4.7 qt. (4.4 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20112.5 L 4-cylinder: 4.7 qt. (4.4 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20102.5 L 4-cylinder: 4.7 qt. (4.4 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20092.5 L 4-cylinder: 4.7 qt. (4.4 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20082.4 L 4-cylinder: 4.5 qt. (4.3 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20072.4 L 4-cylinder: 4.5 qt. (4.3 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20062.4 L 4-cylinder: 4.5 qt. (4.3 L)
3.5 L 6-cylinder: 6.4 qt. (6.1 L)
20054.0 qt. (3.8 L)
20044.0 qt. (3.8 L)
20034.4 qt. (4.2 L)
20024.4 qt. (4.2 L)
20014.4 qt. (4.2 L)
20004.3 qt. (4.1 L)
19994.3 qt. (4.1 L)
19984.3 qt. (4.1 L)
19974.3 qt. (4.1 L)
19964.1 qt. (3.9 L)


Maintaining the correct oil capacity is crucial for your vehicle’s health. Underfilling the engine can lead to insufficient lubrication, resulting in increased friction and potential damage to vital components like the pistons and crankshaft. ]

Overfilling the engine can cause excessive pressure within the system, leading to oil foaming and reduced lubrication efficiency. This can ultimately result in overheating and premature wear of engine parts.

Overfilling the oil can cause these problems:

  • When the crankshaft contacts the oil, it creates aeration, leading to foamy or frothy oil that can’t effectively lubricate the engine.
  • As a result, excessive pressure builds up within the engine, seeking an outlet for release.
  • This increased pressure can cause damage to seals and gaskets in the engine as it tries to escape.
  • The foamy oil cannot correctly lubricate, putting the engine at risk of wear and tear.
  • Aeration also leads to decreased oil viscosity, further impacting its ability to protect moving parts.

Underfilling the oil can cause these problems:

  • Insufficient lubrication causes friction between the metal parts within the engine.
  • Friction requires the engine to exert more effort, leading to overheating.
  • Reduced horsepower and diminished fuel economy result from the engine working harder.
  • Lubrication is essential for preventing wear and tear on engine components.
  • Proper lubrication helps maintain peak performance and efficiency of the engine.
  • Inadequate lubrication can lead to permanent damage to engine parts.



It’s essential to watch for signs of excess or insufficient oil in your system. These symptoms can sometimes overlap with other issues, so monitoring them closely is crucial. You may need to adjust the oil level if you observe any signs following an oil change. Signs of excessive oil include foamy or frothy oil on the dipstick, a strong smell of burning oil, or white smoke coming from the exhaust. 

High oil level warning signs include:

Blue exhaust smoke indicates burning oil, which can indicate internal engine damage or worn piston rings.

Leaking oil may lead to low engine lubrication and potential damage to engine components.

The burning smell could be due to leaking oil onto hot engine parts or an overheating engine.

High or fluctuating oil pressure gauge readings could indicate a clogged oil filter, a faulty pressure relief valve, or worn bearings.

Rough idle and stalling engine symptoms of poor fuel mixture, dirty fuel injectors, or malfunctioning spark plugs.

Check the Engine Light on the dashboard this suggests a fault in the engine management system requiring diagnosis with an OBD scanner.

Overheating or hot engines may stem from coolant leaks, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a clogged radiator.

Increased engine noise could result from worn-out bearings, loose components, or timing chain issues requiring inspection.

Poor or hesitant acceleration is caused by fuel delivery issues, vacuum leaks, or a malfunctioning throttle position sensor.

Low oil level warning signs include: 

  • If the Check Engine Light on your RAV4’s dashboard comes on, it may signal various engine or other systems issues.
  • If you hear clunking sounds from the engine or notice it overheating or running excessively hot, these could be signs of serious trouble. 
  • A burning smell emanating from the engine compartment is cause for concern and should prompt immediate action.
  • Poor performance, such as difficulty accelerating or a significant loss of power, can indicate underlying mechanical problems.
  • An engine stalling while driving is dangerous and should be addressed immediately. 

These symptoms could all indicate problems with critical engine components and should never be ignored.


Checking your RAV4’s oil level is a crucial maintenance task that shouldn’t be neglected. Doing this simple check once a month ensures that your engine is properly lubricated and running smoothly. It’s also important to check the oil level right after an oil change to ensure it’s at the correct amount. You can efficiently perform this quick DIY task at home with a paper towel or rag.


Regularly monitoring your RAV4’s oil level helps maintain your vehicle’s health and gives you control over its performance. Taking a few minutes each month for this essential check could save you from potential damage or costly repairs. 

Here are some basic steps to check your RAV4’s oil level.

  • Park your SUV on a level surface to ensure an accurate oil level reading.
  • Start the engine briefly to warm it up, then turn it off.
  • Allow five minutes for the oil to drain back down to the bottom of the engine.
  • Use a paper towel or rag to remove the dipstick and catch any drips.
  • Wipe off the dipstick and reinsert it into the engine.
  • Pull the dipstick again while holding the rag underneath and check the oil level.
  • The oil should fall between two dots on the indicator stick, indicating sufficient oil levels.
  • If it’s below the first dot, more oil is needed; above the second dot means there’s too much.
  • Wipe off the dipstick once more and reinsert it to complete the process.


Performing an oil change on your RAV4 is made easier with the help of the chart above, which indicates how much oil is required. If you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, visiting a local mechanic or Toyota service center is best. Regardless of who performs the oil change, checking the oil to ensure no issues regularly is essential.

Taking charge of your RAV4’s maintenance can save you time and money in the long run. Even if you opt for professional help with oil changes, checking your vehicle’s oil level is crucial for ensuring its optimal performance and longevity. By actively monitoring RAV4 parts and your car’s maintenance needs, you can address potential problems early on and keep your RAV4 running smoothly for years.


How many Liters of oil does a RAV4 take?

A RAV4 typically takes 4.5 liters of oil with a filter change. After refilling, check the oil level to ensure it is appropriate for optimal performance.

How many liters of gear oil does a Toyota RAV4 take?

The total dry Toyota Rav4 automatic transmission fill capacity is 6.5 liters or 6.9 quarts. Check your specific model’s manual for the most accurate information on gear oil capacity.

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