2014 Toyota Tacoma Oil Capacity

The 2014 Tacoma’s oil capacity depends on its engine type and drivetrain. Here’s what you need to know.
Written by Julian de Sevilla
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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2014 Toyota Tacomas take either 4.8, 5.5, or 6.1 quarts of oil depending on their engine size and drivetrain. Four-cylinder engines take 0W-20 oil and six-cylinder engines take 5W-30 oil.
If you have the tools and space to do it carefully, changing your car’s oil is fairly easy and takes just a few minutes. It’s essential to keeping your engine in good shape, so it’s worth it to know how to do it yourself. 
Here’s everything you need to know about changing the oil in a 2014 Tacoma, including the engine’s oil capacity, what kind of oil you need, and how often to change it.

2014 Toyota Tacoma engine oil capacity

The 2014 Tacoma’s oil capacity depends on its engine size and drivetrain:
  • Models with four-cylinder engines: 6.1 quarts
  • Two-wheel drive models with six-cylinder engines, except PreRunner: 4.8 quarts
  • Four-wheel drive models with six-cylinder engines and PreRunner: 5.5 quarts
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What kind of oil does a 2014 Toyota Tacoma need?

The manual recommends using only Toyota Genuine Motor Oil, which has,
according to Toyota
, “a Toyota-specific additive package that will provide the best results for oil performance and fuel economy.” 
However, any ILSAC-certified synthetic oil of the correct viscosity will work. 
The 2014 Tacoma’s manual recommends oils of different viscosities for each engine: 
  • Four-cylinder engines: 0W-20 oil, or 5W-20 in a pinch (must be replaced with 0W-20 at next oil change) 
  • Six-cylinder engines: 5W-30 oil, or 10W-30 in a pinch (must be replaced with 5W-30 at next oil change)
These letters and numbers represent the oil’s viscosity and how it performs at different temperatures. The “W” stands for “winter” and the number before it represents its performance in cold weather. A lower number before the W indicates better performance in lower temperatures. 
The second number indicates its performance at higher temperatures—oils meant for engines constantly running at high speeds or under heavy loads will have a higher second number.

How often to change the oil on a 2014 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota recommends changing the Tacoma’s oil every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. 
A “MAINT REQD” warning light will appear on the dashboard 5,000 miles after the last time it was reset to remind you that it’s time to change the oil—this is why resetting the maintenance warning light after each oil change is so important. Forgetting to do so could disrupt your maintenance schedule.

How to change your oil and oil filter

Here’s what you’ll need to change a 2014 Tacoma’s oil and filter:
  • Socket wrench
  • Shop towels, paper towels, or rags
  • Drain pan
  • Gloves
  • Ramps, a jack stand, or some other way to safely access the car’s undercarriage
  • New motor oil (see above for quantities and oil types)
  • A funnel
Here’s what to do:
  • Run the engine for a few minutes to warm the oil up. 
  • Pop the hood and locate the oil cap (It’ll be near the engine and say “Engine Oil” and the type of oil it needs on it). Unscrew the cap, but don’t remove it. This will allow the old oil to flow out of the engine more smoothly while still keeping dust and debris out of the engine.
  • Raise the front end of the car with a jack stand or ramps, then slide underneath it and find the oil drain plug. 
  • Place a drain pan underneath the plug and loosen the bolt with a wrench, then carefully unscrew it the rest of the way with your hand. Be careful, the oil will be hot. While the oil drains, replace the oil filter. 
  • Find the old oil filter next to the engine under the hood and unscrew it carefully, making sure the old rubber seal along the edge of the filter comes with it. It may leak some oil. Wipe the area clean. 
  • Place a few drops of clean oil along the new filter’s rubber seal, then screw it into place. Tighten it as much as you can with your hand. 
  • Once all the old oil is drained, wipe the area clean and replace the drain bolt. Tighten it snugly, but don’t overtighten. Lower the car.
  • Fill the engine with the appropriate amount of oil using a funnel to avoid spills. Run the engine for a few minutes, checking underneath the car for leaks. 
  • Finally, reset the maintenance light. Start with the engine off. Turn the key to the “On” position while holding the odometer button on the gauge cluster. Continue to hold the button until the odometer reads 000000, then the light will reset.
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