Engine Toyota 1AR-FE

The 2.7-liter Toyota 1AR-FE engine has been assembled since 2008 at factories in Japan and the United States. This motor is put on a very wide range of concern models with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. All versions of this unit are equipped with the Dual VVT-i variable valve timing system.

The AR family includes engines: 6AR‑FSE, 8AR‑FTS, 2AR‑FE, 2AR‑FXE, 2AR‑FSE, 5AR‑FE, 1AR‑FE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Highlander 2 (XU40) in 2009 – 2013; Highlander 3 (XU50) since 2013;
  • Toyota Sienna 3 (XL30) since 2010;
  • Toyota Venza 1 (GV10) in 2008 – 2017;
  • Lexus RX270 3 (AL10) in 2008 – 2015.


Production years since 2008
Displacement, cc 2672
Fuel system injector MPI
Power output, hp 180 – 190
Torque output, Nm 245 – 255
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 90
Piston stroke, mm 105
Compression ratio 10.0
Features ACIS and ETCS-i
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual VVT-i
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3/4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota Venza 2013)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 139

Disadvantages of the 1AR-FE engine

The Toyota 1AR engine is quite reliable and durable. Its service life with high-quality and regular maintenance can exceed 300 thousand km. However, no matter how perfect it is, it also has some disadvantages:

  • Owners complain about loud engine operation, especially during cold starts;
  • The pump has a small resource and sometimes gives up on low runs;
  • After 150,000 km, a single-row timing chain often stretches;
  • There are cases of loss of compression, but this is only at high mileage.

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