Some of the best Toyota engines

Some of the best Toyota engines

When most people think of “Toyota,” the first word that comes to mind is “quality.” If Toyota is known for anything, it’s building reliable vehicles that run for years. Of course, inside every reliable car is a reliable engine. When you buy a Toyota vehicle, you’re buying a quality piece of machinery that will last you many years to come. A big reason for this is the engines that are inside these vehicles. At Orangeville Toyota in Orangeville, ON, we have a massive selection of new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles that are waiting for you to take out for a test drive. In this blog, we will be sharing some information about some of the best Toyota engines ever made. 


The 2JZ-GTE is the Toyota Supra’s famous turbocharged inline 6-cylinder. Extremely durable, it features a cast-iron engine block, aluminum heads, and perhaps the smoothest acceleration ever found in a twin-turbo engine.

The 22R-E

The 22R-E helped solidify Toyota’s reputation for building tough, reliable trucks. First produced in 1982, the 22R-E became the standard option on Toyota pickups and 4Runners in 1984. Toyota continued to offer the 22R-E in their pickups and on the 4Runner through 1995. The 22R-E was the final version of Toyota’s “R” series of engines, which were first produced in 1953. Much like Chevrolet’s small-block V8, the R engine series has a long, storied history. The 22R-E was a fitting end to one of the longest production runs for a Toyota engine.

The 4U-GSE

The 4U-GSE engine powers the Scion FR-S (aka GT-86) rear-wheel-drive coupe. A horizontally opposed 4-cylinder, the 4U-GSE was co-developed with Subaru. The engine combines Subaru’s proven reliable “boxer” design along with Toyota’s innovative D4-S combination port and direct injection system. Designed to rev, the engine produces 197 horsepower at 7,000 RPM. Placed in the 2,800lb Scion FR-S (aka Toyota GT-86 aka Subaru BRZ) and paired with a 6-speed transmission, the engine is highly regarded among enthusiasts.

The T Engine Series 

Produced between 1970 and 1985, the T series engine basically powered Toyota’s rise to a global juggernaut. With bulletproof reliability, excellent fuel efficiency, and decent performance, the T-series was offered in the Corolla, Celica, and Corona. The engine’s reliability is exceptional, and many examples can still be found on the road today.


One of Toyota’s newest engines, the 1GD-FTV is a super-efficient 4-cylinder 2.8L diesel engine. Producing 174-horsepower and 330 ft-lb of torque, you can find the 1GD-FTV on Toyota Hilux trucks and Land Cruiser Prado SUVs. The 1GD replaces the 1KD, producing 25% more torque while also being 15% more fuel-efficient. With the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR), NOx emissions are reduced by 99%. The 1GD-FTV is arguably the most advanced diesel engine available. 

Toyota engines are some of the most reliable engines out there today. When you buy a Toyota vehicle from Orangeville Toyota, you can expect to experience these engines first hand. We encourage you to schedule a test drive on our Orangeville Toyota website today. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative. 


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