Engine Toyota 3ZR-FAE

The 2.0-liter Toyota 3ZR-FAE engine has been assembled since 2008 at enterprises in Japan and the United States and put on front-wheel drive models such as Avensis and all-wheel drive crossovers such as RAV4. The motor is equipped with two variable valve timing systems Valvematic and Dual VVT-i.

The ZR family includes engines: 1ZR‑FE, 1ZR‑FAE, 2ZR‑FE, 2ZR‑FAE, 2ZR‑FXE, 3ZR‑FE, 3ZR‑FAE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Toyota Allion 2 (T260) since 2008;
  • Toyota Avensis 3 (T270) since 2009;
  • Toyota C-HR 1 (AX10) since 2016;
  • Toyota RAV4 3 (XA30) in 2008 – 2012; RAV4 4 (XA40) in 2012 – 2018;
  • Toyota Wish 2 (AE20) in 2009 – 2017;
  • Lexus NX 1 (AZ10) since 2014.


Production years since 2008
Displacement, cc 1987
Fuel system MPI
Power output, hp 148 – 158
Torque output, Nm 190 – 200
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 80.5
Piston stroke, mm 97.6
Compression ratio 10 – 10.5
Features Valvematic
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual VVT-i
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.2
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Toyota RAV4 2011)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 126

Disadvantages of the 3ZR-FAE engine

  • Most often, drivers complain about extraneous noises and knocks at work;
  • In second place are stories about how much this engine consumes oil per 1000 kilometers;
  • The water pump is often rented out at 50,000 km, and after 150,000 km the chain is pulled;
  • The intake manifold is quickly overgrown with coke, which leads to floating rpm;
  • The Valvematic system delivers a lot of problems, the control unit is regularly buggy.

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