For decades, Toyota has been Canada’s leader for drivers looking to make the switch to a hybrid vehicle. From the debut of the Prius to the addition of powerful hybrid options for the Tundra and Sequoia, there’s no brand out there that does hybrid better than Toyota.
If you’ve considered making the switch to a hybrid for any reason — whether it’s lowering your fuel costs or decreasing your carbon footprint — you may have questions about how it differs from your current driving situation. What you’ll likely find is that a Toyota hybrid is one of the easiest ways to embrace a more sustainable approach to driving.
The benefits of driving a Toyota hybrid
The clearest benefit of driving a hybrid is saving money and reducing your reliance on fuel. Hybrid electric powertrains pair a conventional engine with battery packs and electric motors, easing the burden on the former and lowering the use of fuel. That means less money out of pocket at the pump, which can add up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in savings over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Another advantage is that driving a hybrid isn’t different at all from driving a vehicle powered only by an engine. You won’t need to charge your vehicle’s battery like you would with a plug-in hybrid — it recharges as you drive.
And because hybrid vehicles are more common, maintenance is just as easy and isn’t required any more frequently. You can expect to bring your hybrid in for service at High River Toyota only as regularly as you would your non-hybrid vehicle, and the work won’t cost you any extra. If and when your Toyota hybrid needs work done, our expert technicians can perform the work quickly so that you’ll get back on the road quicker.
And you can be confident in the long-lasting capabilities of your Toyota hybrid. Every vehicle from the Prius to the Tundra to the Sequoia is backed by an eight-year/160,000-kilometre Hybrid Component Warranty and a 10-year/240,000-kilometre Hybrid Battery Warranty.
Beyond cost and convenience, hybrid vehicles are great because they make a positive impact on the environment. Because they use less fuel, hybrid vehicles like the new Venza and Sienna produce fewer tailpipe emissions, cutting down on greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Over the past 25 years and counting, Toyota hybrid vehicles have cut more than 94 million tons of CO2 pollution.
What makes a hybrid different?
Hybrid vehicles are in all practical senses not that different from a typical vehicle with an engine. The difference is that a hybrid pairs an internal combustion engine with electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, which helps cut down on fuel consumption.
The work of a hybrid is almost entirely invisible. When you start the vehicle and accelerate, the motor is doing the work, providing nearly instant torque to the wheels. Once you get up to speed, the motor and gas engine work in concert to ensure an optimal mix of power and efficiency. With powertrain components functioning in tandem, you won’t need to worry about having passing power or being able to reach highway speeds.
Because of the way hybrid powertrains work, you won’t need to worry about charging the battery. Hybrids offer a feature called regenerative braking, which converts braking energy into energy for the battery, recharging it on the go. The vehicle can automatically switch between motor and engine when decelerating, idling, and reserving, ensuring that power delivery is constant and consistent.
When your fuel levels get low, you’ll stop and fill up just as you would with a Toyota powered only by an internal combustion engine. The difference is that you’ll quickly realize that you’re stopping less frequently and saving more money over time.
What hybrid vehicles does Toyota offer?
If you’re considering upgrading to a hybrid, there’s simply no brand that offers more options than Toyota. Today’s Toyota lineup offers tons of electrified options, including hybrid variants of some of the brand’s most popular models and dedicated hybrid models.
With this deep roster of hybrids, Toyota shows that there’s an option for any driver looking to make a positive change. And you can save tons of money compared to fuel costs for non-hybrid versions of the same vehicles But these Toyota vehicles aren’t just efficient — they’re fun to drive, powerful, spacious, and intelligent. With a Toyota hybrid, you get features like Toyota Safety Sense™, luxurious interiors, and tons of curb appeal.
There’s a lot to love about the new Toyota hybrid lineup, especially if you’d like to do your part to make the world a better place for future generations. And you can do just that without having to sacrifice what you love about driving.