Toyota Hybrid Models

2019 Ford F-150

Overview

In a game of word association, the response to the phrase “hybrid car” would most commonly be “Prius.” Some people might even answer “Toyota,” since this Japanese automaker leads the world in production and sales of hybrid vehicles, led by the unmatched success of its Prius model. Toyota deserves highest credit for its trailblazing work in the development of gas-electric hybrid cars. Now there are hybrid crossovers and SUVs as well, with Toyota offering a lineup of seven hybrids for the 2019 model year. We’ll look at each of them below.


In a game of word association, the response to the phrase “hybrid car” would most commonly be “Prius.” Some people might even answer “Toyota,” since this Japanese automaker leads the world in production and sales of hybrid vehicles, led by the unmatched success of its Prius model. Toyota deserves highest credit for its trailblazing work in the development of gas-electric hybrid cars. Now there are hybrid crossovers and SUVs as well, with Toyota offering a lineup of seven hybrids for the 2019 model year. We’ll look at each of them below.

 

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The Prius, Prius Prime, and Prius c

Ah, the Prius: king of the hybrid cars! Now in its fourth generation, the simply named Prius (as opposed to the other model names with Prius plus a suffix) is being offered in all-wheel drive for the first time ever. The innovative AWD-e system available in the ’19 Prius uses an electric motor full-time at the lowest speeds, reverting to typical AWD fashion (meaning it engages the rear wheels only when it senses a need for more traction) at cruising speeds below 43 mph. Above that speed, it shuts off entirely, leaving the front wheels and traction control system responsible for keeping contact with the road. Its impressive fuel economy of 54 mpg city/50 highway (for the FWD version) will continue to attract eager buyers.

Formerly known as the Prius Plug-In, the Prius Prime combines all-electric range with the traditional gas-electric hybrid power to achieve an estimated MPGe of 133 miles and a total driving range up to 640. The subcompact member of the Prius family, the Prius c, is built on the Yaris platform and gets up to 48 mpg around town and 43 mpg on the interstate.


Toyota Hybrid Sedans and SUVs

The Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid offer a more eco-friendly alternative to Toyota’s mid- and full-sized sedans, while keeping the same stylish appeal of the gasoline-burning versions. The Camry is rated by the EPA to reach up to 51 city miles per gallon and 53 mpg highway. The Avalon packs in some more bells, whistles, and plush features, especially since it’s just been completely redesigned.

The hybrid SUVs in the Toyota lineup are also greener versions of the conventional models, and both come standard with all-wheel drive. The RAV4 Hybrid claims best-in-class fuel economy and presents some noteworthy improvements in its horsepower and standard equipment. It uses Electric On-Demand AWD with Intelligence (AWD-i), an innovative system that uses its own electric motor, differential, and reduction gear, which send up to 30 percent more torque to the rear axle.

The Highlander Hybrid is naturally very popular with families, as it seats seven or eight, depending on which second-row configuration is ordered. It too uses the AWD-I system and offers lots of interior comforts and connectivity features.