2016 Toyota Camry Oil Capacity Guide

Learn everything you need to know about changing your 2016 Toyota Camry’s oil, including its oil capacity.
Written by Emily Maracle
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
A consistently reliable vehicle, the Toyota Camry has been one of the most popular mid-size vehicles manufactured by Toyota. While the Camry isn’t groundbreaking, it’s a car you can depend on. To maintain its reliability, you’ll need to know your Toyota Camry’s oil capacity.  
Car ownership and maintenance are expensive, even when you own a reliable vehicle. Thankfully, you can save money on car maintenance by completing DIY tasks, like only changes. But, if you want to avoid a larger bill, you’ll need to know your Toyota’s oil capacity before continuing.
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2016 Toyota Camry oil capacity 

Before you start any car maintenance task—like
changing the oil and filter
in your Camry—the best place to read up on it is with your owner’s manual. Your car’s owner’s manual is a treasure trove of information and can provide you with basic information, like your Toyota’s oil capacity and the recommended oil. But if your owner’s manual has disappeared in the last six years—no worries! We have all you need to know. 
The size of your 2016 Toyota Camry’s engine will determine its oil capacity. 
  • 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine: 4.6 quarts or 4.4 liters
  • 3.5 L V6 engine: 6.4 quarts or 6.1 liters
Since there are a lot of numbers involved, don’t confuse your engine oil capacity with your engine’s liters. This measurement is your
engine displacement
or how much volume your engine takes up. Engine oil capacity is how much oil you’ll need when you change your oil. 

What kind of oil does a 2016 Toyota Camry need?

Almost as important as the amount of oil you need is the type. If you walk into an auto parts store, you’ll find an overwhelming amount of choices for engine oil. However, you can’t just pick one off the shelf—you’ll need a specific kind for your Toyota. Using the wrong oil can potentially damage your engine and turn this DIY maintenance task into a nightmare. 
For engine oil, Toyota recommends using Toyota Genuine 0W-20 Motor Oil, but if that’s not available, the next best option is any other brand of SAE 0W-20. While these numbers are pretty straightforward, we’ll break them down a bit, so you understand what you’re actually looking at.
The 0W refers to the viscosity—how thick it is—of the oil during cold weather, so the smaller the number, the easier the engine will start in cold temperatures. The 20 is the viscosity of the oil at higher temperatures, typically normal engine operating temperatures. 
Toyota recommends this as it provides good fuel economy and easy starting in cold weather. You can also use
synthetic over conventional oil
to extend your engine oil's lifespan. 
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How often to change oil on a 2016 Toyota Camry

After you’ve purchased the oil you need, you can get ready for your oil change. 
However, before you get started, it’s essential to know whether it’s actually time to change it. You should complete an oil change in your 2016 Toyota Camry's engine every 5,000 miles or six months as part of
Toyota's recommended maintenance schedule
. But, if you use a high-quality synthetic oil that’s 0W-20, you can extend your oil changes to every 10,000 miles or 12 months
Even so, you should still keep an eye out for any signs that it’s time to change your oil—regardless of your odometer. When checking your oil, here’s what to keep an eye out for:
  • Black oil:If your oil is no longer the color of tea, it’s time for a change.
  • Coarse oil: Contaminated oil will feel gritty from dirt and debris.
  • Strange engine noises: If unfamiliar noises are coming from your engine, it’s likely working harder than it should. 
  • Different smells: New smells, including oil, burning, or smoke smells mean it’s time for a change.

How to change your oil and oil filter

Once you know it’s time to change your oil, you’ll have to gather a few tools. Grab a socket wrench, drain pan, a filter wrench to remove the old filter, a replacement filter, and at least five quarts—but up to seven if you have a 3.5L engine—of 0W-20 synthetic oil
Before you can begin changing your oil, you’ll need to warm up your engine. Let your car run for about five minutes (potentially up to fifteen if it’s cold out). Then turn off your Camry,
open the hood of your car
, and get started:
  • Find the drain plug underneath your car
  • Put the drain pan under the plug 
  • Open the plug with your wrench to drain the old oil
  • Take off the oil fill cap—it’s at the top of your engine
  • Remove the old oil filter and replace it with a new one 
  • Replace the oil drain plug
  • Add new engine oil and replace the oil fill cap
After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
Although you know exactly how much oil your Toyota Camry needs, you’ll still want to check the oil levels as you fill. You can use the dipstick to measure when you’ve added enough oil. After you’ve completely filled the engine, turn on your car. Check for leaks and make sure that the
oil pressure light
on your dashboard has turned off.
Finally, do not throw your old oil away. Disposing of oil in the garbage or dumping it on the ground is not safe! Take your old oil to a repair shop or local recycling center to dispose of it properly. 

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