Motor1 Reviews Team Take: 

  • Toyota’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes bumper-to-bumper exclusionary coverage for up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. 
  • The factory warranty also covers powertrain and restraint systems for up to 5 years or 60,000 miles.
  • New Toyota vehicles come with two years of maintenance coverage and 24/7 roadside assistance through the ToyotaCare program.
  • Toyota Certified Used Vehicles come backed by strict qualification requirements and the company’s TCUV limited warranties.

*Based on data from our users.

Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs consistently rank highest among car manufacturers for performance and dependability. But even with the brand recognition, buying a new Toyota is a major investment, and understanding what’s included in your Toyota warranty can be an overwhelming and confusing part of the buying process.

While factory warranties give Toyota drivers peace of mind for their first few years of ownership, over time, many seek out extended warranties to cover the repairs that can pop up as a vehicle ages. Below, we explain the different options for Toyota warranties on new and used vehicles, as well as extended car warranties that offer customizable, affordable plans to extend the life of your vehicle. We also researched the best extended car warranty providers to help you make an informed decision. 

 


 

Overview: Toyota New Car Warranty

Through its New Vehicle Limited Warranty, Toyota offers warranty coverage for repairs on new cars. Any new Toyota will come with a factory or bumper-to-bumper warranty to cover faulty parts for three years. Your warranty will start on the vehicle’s in-service date, which is the date the car is either delivered to an ultimate purchaser, leased, or first used as a company car.

Toyota’s factory warranty provides coverage for repairs or replacements needed due to material or workmanship defects. Here’s what you can expect to see covered upon purchase of your new Toyota:

Toyota WarrantyTermsDescription
Basic coverage (bumper-to-bumper)3 years/36,000 milesBasic coverage includes repairs and adjustments for most issues that may arise. Air conditioning recharge, wheel alignments, and wheel balancing are also covered under this plan but only for 12 months/12,000 miles.
Powertrain5 years/60,000 milesThis covers repairs and adjustments on the major power components of the vehicle like the engine, transmission, transaxle, front-wheel-drive system, and rear-wheel-drive system.
Restraint systems5 years/60,000 milesYour faulty seat belts and airbag systems are covered under this warranty.
Corrosion perforation5 years/unlimited milesThis protects your car from any perforation from corrosion or rusting.
Federal emissions*VariesYour Toyota is covered under federal and California regulations that ensure that the vehicle meets emission standards. Terms range from 2 years/24,000 miles to 8 years/80,000 miles.
Accessories3 years/36,000 milesThe Toyota Accessory Warranty covers Genuine Toyota accessories that come with your vehicle. Accessories purchased later are covered for 12 months/unlimited miles.

*The length of coverage varies by the state in which your car is registered, so review your Toyota Warranty & Maintenance Guide for details.

Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

Your Toyota hybrid vehicle comes with the same 3-year/36-month basic coverage plus the 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It also carries coverage of certain parts specific to your hybrid. Hybrid-related components are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles. This includes the battery, battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter with converter.

Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUV)

Toyota currently has two certified used-vehicle programs in the works – Gold Certified and Silver Certified. Vehicles sold through each program come with different levels of Toyota used car coverage.

Toyota Gold Certified Program

Gold Certified vehicles must be newer than six model years old and have less than 85,000 miles. These vehicles also must pass a minimum 160-point inspection. Gold Certified TCUVs come with coverages including:

  • Limited Comprehensive Warranty: This plan is valid for 12 months/12,000 miles after vehicle purchase date and provides exclusionary coverage for most manufacturer or dealer-installed equipment parts.
  • Limited Powertrain Warranty: Valid for up to 7 years/100,000 total vehicle miles, whichever comes first, this plan covers any repair or replacement of numerous critical engine, transmission, axle assembly, and alternative fuel components.
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance: This service is valid for up to 7 years/100,000 miles from the date of TCUV purchase. It includes lockout service, flat tire changes, jump-starts, fuel deliveries, and towing services.

The Gold Certified Limited Comprehensive Warranty carries a $0 deductible. The Limited Powertrain Warranty and 24-hour Roadside Assistance coverages are transferable to a new owner at no cost.

Toyota Silver Certified Program

Silver Certified offers access to quality used Toyotas of older model years. To qualify as Silver Certified, Toyota vehicles must be newer than 10 model years old and have between 60,000 and 125,000 miles. The vehicles must fall outside of Gold Certified eligibility, and pass a 136-point minimum quality assurance inspection.

Silver Certified vehicles offer less built-in protection than Gold Certified Toyotas. However, you’ll still receive the following coverages:

  • Limited Powertrain Warranty: Valid for up to 12 months/12,000 miles from the date or purchase, whichever comes first, this warranty covers repairs and replacements for many components in the engine, manual or automatic transmission, axle assembly, and alternative fuel systems.
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance: This service is valid for 12 months or 12,000 miles from the date of vehicle purchase. It includes towing services, lockout assistance, flat tire changes, fuel deliveries, and jump-starts.

Coverage for both Gold and Silver Certified programs also includes the remainder of the vehicle’s existing 8-year/100,0000-mile Fuel Cell Vehicle Warranty, if applicable, or the existing 8-year/100,000-mile or 10-year/150,000-mile Factory Hybrid Vehicle Battery Warranty, if applicable.

Both Gold and Silver Certified Toyota warranty coverage is honored at more than 1,400 Toyota dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. Vehicles in both programs come with free Carfax® Vehicle History Reports. 

 


 

Toyota Factory Warranty Coverage Exceptions

There are several exceptions to Toyota factory warranty coverage. Damage resulting from fire or theft is excluded, as are breakdowns that result from using fluids or fuel not specified in your owner’s manual. Here are some other causes of damage that won’t be covered under your factory warranty:

  • Airborne chemicals
  • Tree sap
  • Road debris (including stone chips)
  • Salt
  • Acts of nature like hail, floods, wind storms, or lightning
  • Water contamination

It’s also worth noting that tires, normal wear and tear, vehicle software updates, and maintenance expenses are not covered by Toyota’s factory warranty. 

Toyota drivers will need to plan for “normal wear and tear” expenses like engine tune-ups, spark plug or fuse replacements, wiper blade repairs, brake pad issues, and cosmetic problems, none of which are covered under the basic Toyota warranty. This includes noises and vibrations your car may make, but also cosmetic conditions or deterioration caused by normal wear and tear on the road.

ToyotaCare Maintenance Services

The ToyotaCare No Cost Maintenance Plan provides added incentive to new Toyota drivers by covering maintenance costs for 2 years/25,000 miles and providing free roadside service for 2 years/unlimited miles. However, this service ends after two years unless the owner purchases an extension through the ToyotaCare Plus program.

 


 

Toyota Repair Costs

Even given the overall dependability of Toyota, vehicles will inevitably require servicing and part replacement with age and mileage. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that drivers put an average of 13,476 miles on their car each year, which means your Toyota warranty could expire in under three years. This leaves the bulk of your car’s repair costs to be paid out of pocket.

Extended auto warranty coverage can save you money and give you added protection on your vehicle. Compare what these common Toyota repairs cost without coverage, according to RepairPal*:

Toyota ModelNeeded RepairCost
CamryPower steering hose replacement$757 to $786
4RunnerStarter replacement$458 to $610
CamryPower steering pump replacement$425 to $640
CamryOxygen sensor replacement$378 to $431
CamryValve cover gasket replacement$162 to $193
CorollaHeadlight bulb replacement$76 to $90

*RepairPal is a trusted site that analyzes average repair prices, part replacement costs, maintenance costs, recalls, and mechanical problems across many auto manufacturer brands and models.

 


 

Extended Warranty Provider Options

Extended warranties are good options if you’re concerned about the additional cost of upkeep for your Toyota. They’re available from Toyota or through a third-party supplier like Carchex, CarShield, and Endurance. A survey our team conducted in 2023 showed that these three third-party providers were the most popular in the industry.

Bar graph depicting the four most popular extended auto warranty companies, as reported by respondents in our 2023 customer survey.

Some of the benefits that come with third-party extended warranties include:

  • Roadside assistance, towing and rental car reimbursement, gas delivery, and trip interruption services (meals and lodging)
  • Your choice of repair shop from any licensed repair facility in the U.S. instead of being limited to a Toyota-approved facility and technicians
  • Affordable payment options through low monthly payment plans (some brands like CarShield have month-to-month contracts)
  • More than three coverage levels, so your service contract is tailored to your vehicle

If you’re looking for extended coverage through the manufacturer, many dealerships also offer Toyota extended warranties through a Vehicle Service Agreement (VSA). These VSAs allow for some customization and extend coverage for most components of the factory warranty. Below are details of the three coverage levels:

  • Platinum: The highest level of coverage, Platinum protects nearly everything in your vehicle save for a small list of exclusions (as listed in the contract).
  • Gold: This mid-tier coverage level protects everything in the Powertrain plan plus additional systems and parts.
  • Powertrain: The cheapest form of coverage, Powertrain protects the most important components in your car, like the engine and transmission.

For further context of Toyota extended warranty options, the graphic below shows the major differences between the two most popular coverage choices in the extended warranty industry: the bumper-to-bumper contract and the powertrain plan.

Venn diagram that shows the similarities and differences between bumper-to-bumper warranties and powertrain warranties

Here are some additional highlights of Toyota extended warranty plans:

  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • Reimbursements for vehicle rentals, meals, and lodging necessitated by a breakdown
  • Added coverage terms from 5 to 10 years and up to 125,000 miles
  • Access to the nationwide Toyota service network
  • Available on new, used, and certified used vehicles

What Toyota Customers Think Of Extended Coverage

In 2023, our team surveyed 1,000 consumers who had purchased a manufacturer extended warranty. Out of the total, 187 respondents had purchased extended coverage from Toyota.

Most customers in our survey were satisfied overall. Here are a few examples of positive customer comments:

  • “I’m completely satisfied with my warranty. If anything happens I take it to my dealership and they handle all the issues.”
  • “I am somewhat satisfied with the warranty. It has paid for most of the repairs for my vehicle and all I have to do is pay the deductible.”
  • “I am extremely satisfied with the warranty coverage that I have purchased as it makes me feel less stressed since I have costs covered.”

That said, some people weren’t satisfied for various reasons:

  • “I’m very dissatisfied. Getting an existing brake issue took over a year and I had to fight a lot with them.”
  • “I’m not super satisfied just because they overprice the warranty but it doesn’t fix anything for you.”

 


 

Toyota Warranty: Bottom Line

Toyota’s factory warranty coverage comes with up to 3 years/36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage with up to 5 years/60,000 miles of coverage for powertrain and restraint systems. Every new Toyota vehicle owner also benefits from Toyota’s included two years of free maintenance service.

Since Toyota vehicles are known for their considerably long lifespans, our team recommends exploring your extended warranty options before the life of your original Toyota factory warranty is up. By checking out your options early, you’ll be able to make the best choice between Toyota’s extended warranty program and coverage offered by third-party companies. 

 


 

Toyota Warranty: FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about Toyota warranty programs:

 


 

Methodology

In an effort to provide accurate and unbiased information to consumers, our expert review team collects data from dozens of extended auto warranty companies to formulate rankings of the best providers. Companies receive a score in each of the following categories, as well as an overall weighted score out of 5.0 stars.

  • Industry Standing: Warranty providers with a history of strong business practices and endorsements from experts receive the highest scores in this category.
  • Coverage: This rating is based on types of extended warranty plans available, coverage terms, and added benefits like roadside assistance.
  • Cost: Our research team reviews sample quotes for a variety of plans and vehicles. Companies with lower prices per year of coverage receive the best scores.
  • Transparency: This score takes into account contract transparency and the availability of a money-back guarantee.
  • Customer Service: We comb through customer reviews and perform our own shopper analysis to get a sense of the responsiveness and helpfulness of each warranty company.

*Data accurate at time of publication.