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 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.

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 that work in harmony to deliver 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. Learn more about Toyota Hybrid car benefits here!

2023 Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2023 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 52 MPG city fuel economy rating* on Cincinnati roads. Camry Hybrid features an advanced design, refined aerodynamics, and lightweight materials which contribute to outstanding efficiency. Choose between the XSE hybrid or the XLE hybrid.

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2021 Toyota Prius

2023 Toyota Prius

57 CTY / 56 HWY / 57 Combined Est. MPG*

Toyota Prius is back for 2023 with impressive drivetrains, advanced technology, and fuel-efficiency. There is a reason that the 2023 Toyota Prius is known as the definitive hybrid vehicle with up to 57 MPG on Mason drives. Enjoy 194 hp on the FWD option or 196 hp on the AWD option, along with the impeccable Electronically controlled Continuous Variable Transmission. Be sure also to enjoy Hybrid Synergy Drive®, which 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, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and Smart Key System.

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2023 Highlander Hybrid

35 CTY / 35 HWY / 36 Combined Est. MPG* (Toyota Highlander LE)

Remarkable fuel efficiency doesn’t have to mean sacrificing power and capability. The 2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid achieves an impressive 36 MPG city fuel economy*, making it easy to zoom past gas stations. 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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2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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

RAV4 Hybrid brings efficiency, style, and technology to every adventure. Enjoy a 219 combined hp alongside the 2.5L 4-Cylinder with Front/Rear Electric-Drive Motors. The RAV4 Hybrid has a unique gauge cluster that lets you monitor the Hybrid Synergy Drive® system with just a glance.

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2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

53 CTY / 46 HWY / 50 Combined Est. MPG*

Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 features an advanced suite of integrated active safety features to help you stay ahead of the unexpected such as pre-collision systems with pedestrian detection. Advanced tech features found inside the interior allow you to stay connected and monitor your efficiency.

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2021 Toyota Sienna

2023 Toyota Sienna

36 CTY / 36 HWY / 36 Combined Est. MPG*

The original Swagger Wagon is now more stylish and fuel-efficient than ever before. Equipped with an innovative hybrid powertrain, the dynamic Toyota Sienna offers a class-leading EPA-estimated 36 combined MPG to help you and your family make memories that last a lifetime. Better still, the Sienna can also be optioned with an available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system for exceptional control across the entire spectrum of weather conditions. A tech-focused interior, configurable seating arrangements, and confident styling help make the Toyota Sienna a minivan that the whole family can agree on.

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2021 Toyota Venza

2023 Toyota Venza

40 CTY / 37 HWY / 39 Combined Est. MPG*

Drivers can now experience the versatility of a crossover blended with the driving comfort of a hybrid sedan with the sophisticated Toyota Venza. Powered by the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, choosing the Venza allows you to enjoy a combination of smooth acceleration and go-anywhere capability in harsh weather conditions. Inside the cabin, you’ll find premium comfort features such as available heated and ventilated perforated SofTex®-trimmed seats. Thanks to standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, you’re never alone behind the wheel of the fuel-efficient Toyota Venza.

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Toyota Hybrid Comparisons

Starting MSRP** MPG* (city/hwy/combined) Horsepower Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
2023 Camry Hybrid $28,355** 51 / 53 / 52 176 15.1 (rear seatbacks up)
2023 Prius $27,450** 57 / 56 / 57 150 23.8 (rear seatbacks up)
2023 Highlander Hybrid $40,220** 35 / 35 / 36 186 84.3 (behind front seats)
2023 RAV4 Hybrid $30,725** 41 / 38 / 40 176 69.8 (rear seatbacks up)
2023 Corolla Hybrid $22,800** 53 / 46 / 50 96 13.1 (rear seatbacks up)
2023 Sienna $36,135** 36 / 36 / 36 189 101 (behind front seats)
2023 Venza $34,120** 40 / 37 / 39 176 55.1 (behind dolded front seats)

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*.

*2023 EPA-estimated MPG. Actual MPG will vary based on driving habits, weather, temperature, and road/traffic conditions. For more information on MPG, please see

**MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 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.