Toyota Hybrid Comparison Guide

Toyota Hybrid Buying Guide at Beechmont Toyota

How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

Synergy Drive

Most of us are aware that hybrid vehicles are very fuel-efficient and deliver substantial savings at the gas pump – factors that have helped them grow in popularity among eco-conscious drivers. Beechmont Toyota carries a full lineup of Toyota hybrid cars and SUVs packed with this impressive technology. Ever wondered how these systems work? Below you can learn all about how a hybrid vehicle works.

The majority of Toyota hybrid vehicles use a sophisticated system known as Hybrid Synergy Drive®. Look under the hood and you will find a gasoline engine and an electric motor which work in harmony to deliver the incredible fuel economy and reduced emissions. On the highway, these vehicles have power similar to a traditional gasoline-powered car. In town, drivers of hybrid vehicles can enjoy a quiet, smooth ride thanks to the system relying primarily on electricity.

Hybrid Synergy Drive® systems can seamlessly switch between gas and electric power depending on how much power is required for the situation. Toyota vehicles like the Prius can rely solely on one form of power depending on the scenario. The gasoline engine will not be in use at low speeds, but drivers will feel the gasoline engine come to life under heavy acceleration. Regenerative braking systems allow for recovering energy during braking and returning it to the battery for later use. Toyota hybrid vehicles often have aerodynamic-focused designs to help maximize efficiency.


2019 Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

43 CTY / 44 HWY / 44 Combined Est. MPG*

Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers luxurious comfort, sleek exterior styling, and unrivaled fuel efficiency. Standard power comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine with Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology which produces 215 horsepower. Experience an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 44 MPG combined*, saving you trips to the gas pump. This impressive fuel economy earns a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) rating for the Avalon Hybrid. Standard features across all three available Avalon Hybrid trims are leather seating, Toyota Safety Sense™ P, and Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus.

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2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

51 CTY / 53 HWY / 52 Combined Est. MPG* (Camry Hybrid LE)

A seasoned favorite among midsize sedan buyers, the Toyota Camry Hybrid combines remarkable efficiency with bold styling and driving dynamics. Hybrid Synergy Drive® combines the output of both the gas and electric motors to achieve an impressive 176 hp, while earning a 51 MPG city fuel economy rating*. Camry Hybrid features an advanced design, refined aerodynamics, and lightweight materials which contribute to the outstanding efficiency. Choose between ECO mode to help maximize fuel economy or EV mode to rely solely on electric power for up to one half-mile under certain conditions. Camry Hybrid XLE offers luxurious interior appointments while Camry Hybrid SE delivers responsive driving manners.

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2019 Toyota Prius

2019 Toyota Prius

54 CTY / 50 HWY / 52 Combined Est. MPG*

Toyota Prius is back for 2019 sporting bold sculpted body lines, dynamic LED lighting, and an athletic stance. Prius delivers legendary efficiency with an incredible 54 MPG city fuel economy rating*. Aerodynamics play a vital role in not only the striking appearance of the Prius, but also in helping it cut through the air and get more MPG out of every drive. Hybrid Synergy Drive® maximizes the output of both the gas and electric motors on Toyota Prius. Offering more than outstanding gas mileage, standard tech features on the Prius include an Integrated Backup Camera, Entune™ Audio with 6-inch Touch-screen and Smart Key System.

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2019 Toyota Prius Prime

2019 Toyota Prius Prime

55 CTY / 53 HWY / 54 Combined EPA Est. MPG & 133 EPA Est. MPGe**

The Prius Prime is the most efficient hybrid vehicle ever made by Toyota. It has the power to run solely in either EV or hybrid driving modes. A combination of Hybrid Synergy Drive® along with an optimized Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) system maximize efficiency and optimize performance. Drivers can fill up and drive Prius Prime in hybrid driving mode and achieve up to 55 MPG city fuel economy*. Unique to Prius Prime, drivers can charge via a standard household outlet and drive solely on electric power while getting up to 133 MPGe*. Total EPA-estimated range for Prius Prime is an outstanding 640 miles*, the highest range in its class. Advanced lightweight materials, striking design, and innovative tech features make Toyota Prius Prime an excellent choice for eco-conscious drivers.

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2019 Toyota Prius c

2019 Toyota Prius c

48 CTY / 43 HWY / 46 Combined Est. MPG*

Proven Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology, an edgy new body kit and two-tone color scheme, and cutting edge technology are only a few highlights of the compact Toyota Prius C. 5-door flexibility means loading up passengers or cargo is effortless. Prius C boasts an outstanding 48 MPG city fuel economy rating* making frequent trips to the gas station a thing of the past. Prius C offers two selectable driving modes, an energy monitor, drive information screen, and ECO savings data readout. The eco-conscious emphasis continues beyond MPG ratings for the Prius C. Available SofTex® seat trim material weighs approximately half that of conventional leather and generates approximately 85% fewer CO2 emissions and 99% fewer Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during the manufacturing process.

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2019 Highlander Hybrid

2019 Highlander Hybrid

30 CTY / 28 HWY Combined Est. MPG* (Toyota Highlander LE)

Remarkable fuel efficiency doesn’t have to mean sacrificing power and capability. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid achieves an impressive 30 MPG city fuel economy*, making it easy to zoom past gas stations. Power is not lacking either, as the Highlander Hybrid generates as much as 306 hybrid system net horsepower that is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds. Electronic On-Demand AWD system with intelligence (AWD-i) means that Highlander Hybrid can conquer even the most adverse weather conditions.

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

41 CTY / 38 HWY / 40 Combined Est. MPG*

RAV4 Hybrid brings efficiency, style, and technology to every adventure. 219 hybrid system net horsepower and Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with intelligence (AWD-i) prove the capability of the RAV4 Hybrid. Fewer trips to the gas station will make your wallet happy thanks to the 41 MPG city EPA-estimated fuel economy rating*. RAV4 Hybrid has a unique gauge cluster that lets you monitor the Hybrid Synergy Drive® system with just a glance.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

53 CTY / 52 HWY / 52 Combined Est. MPG*

For the first time in the model’s storied history, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is now infused with Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive to deliver unparalleled efficiency. Both agility and ride comfort have been improved over the previous generation Corolla thanks to a revised multi-link rear suspension. Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 features an advanced suite of integrated active safety features to help you stay ahead of the unexpected. Advanced tech features found inside the interior allow you to stay connected and monitor your efficiency.

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Toyota Hybrid Comparisons

  Starting MSRP** MPG* (city/hwy/combined) Horsepower Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
2019 Avalon Hybrid $37,580** 43 / 44 / 44 215 16.1 (rear seatbacks up)
2019 Camry Hybrid $29,330** 51 / 53 / 52 208 15.1 (rear seatbacks up)
2019 Prius $24,700** 54 / 50 / 52 121 27.4 (rear seatbacks up)
2019 Prius Prime $28,280** 55 / 53 / 54 121 19.8 (rear seatbacks up)
2019 Prius C $22,460** 48 / 43 / 46 99 17.1 (rear seatbacks up)
2019 Highlander Hybrid $38,415** 30 / 28 / 28 306 83.7 (behind front seats)
2019 RAV4 Hybrid $28,795** 41 / 38 / 40 219 69.8 (behind front seats)
2020 Corolla Hybrid $23,880** 53 / 52 / 52 121 11.4 (rear seatbacks up)

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Toyota Hybrid?


Hybrids are environmentally friendly.

Using a combination of electric and gas power reduces fuel consumption and conserves energy, meaning a less harmful impact on our environment.

Financial advantages.

Less money spent on gasoline means more money in your pocket. Several tax credits and incentives may also be available for certain hybrid vehicles.

Less dependance on fossil fuels.

Using less fuel reduces reliance on fossil fuels, which also helps reduce the domestic price of gasoline.

Higher resale values.

As hybrid vehicles grow in popularity, many shoppers are turning towards hybrid vehicles. More demand for hybrids raises values in the used market.

Quicker acceleration.

Compared to non-hybrids which require high engine revolutions (RPM) to generate maximum torque, hybrid vehicles deliver maximum torque upon acceleration. Even from a standstill, you’ll experience virtually instantaneous response and nimble handling due to this advantage.


Common Toyota Hybrid Questions

How long do hybrid car batteries last?

Toyota engineers consider the batteries installed in Toyota hybrid vehicles to be a life-of-the-car component, meaning that replacement is very rare. It could be hundreds of thousands of miles and several owners down the line until a battery pack experiences a significant dip in performance. In fact, Toyota stands behind the batteries installed in hybrid vehicles by offering up to an 8 year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Again, it is highly unlikely that you will incur the cost of having the replace the battery in your hybrid Toyota vehicle.

Are all hybrid cars electric?

The most common form of hybrid vehicle is one with an on-board gasoline engine and fuel tank combined with some form of an electric motor and battery pack. If the hybrid system has enough strength it is possible to run solely in electric mode, albeit often only for short distances. Dedicated plug-in EV vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Prime have the ability to run on electric power alone. Hybrid vehicles typically rely on power from an internal combustion engine first, with electric power available as a complement to increase efficiency.

Do you charge hybrid cars?

It is important to note that Toyota offers two types of hybrid vehicles. Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology blends electric and gas power and relies on both forms to propel the vehicle down the road. These vehicles do not require plug-in charging as the gas-powered motor generates power to charge the batteries while the vehicle is in use. Toyota Prius Prime is able to rely on either Hybrid Synergy Drive® OR an all-electric EV mode which does require plug-in charging. Charging is possible from a standard home outlet or a dedicated EV charging station.

Which Toyota Hybrid gets the best gas mileage?

Toyota Prius Prime is the most efficient hybrid vehicle ever made by Toyota. It is rated with an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 54 MPG* along with an astounding 133 MPGe* rating. Drivers can commute up to a 25 mile range solely on electric power. When not in EV mode, Toyota Prius Prime is capable of driving up to 640 miles*.


*2019 EPA-estimated MPG. Actual MPG will vary based on driving habits, weather, temperature, and road/traffic conditions. For more information on MPG, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

**MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.