Many oil marketers did not anticipate SAE 0W-16 passenger car motor oils to be recommended in key applications in North America until it became an approved viscosity grade in the ILSAC GF-6 specification. But with the delays to the new lubricant standard, Japanese automaker Toyota decided not to wait to take advantage of the additional fuel economy benefits it believes these oils can deliver.
Toyota now recommends SAE 0W-16 oils for the current-year 2.5-liter engine model of the Camry. The Camry, which comes with 2.5- and 3.5-liter engines, is Toyotas best-selling mid-sized sedan in North America, with more than 388,000 sold last year in the United States alone. In the owners manual, the car manufacturer directs consumers to look for an API SN service category donut symbol for SAE 0W-16, but allows the use of SAE 0W-20 oils (identified with the ILSAC GF-5 starburst) when the thinner oil is not available.