What To Know About Owning A Hybrid

Choosing the right car can be difficult — but we’re here to help. If you’re thinking about buying a hybrid from Toyota’s extensive hybrid line, there are a few things to think about. Here are some things you should know about owning a hybrid vehicle.

What Is It?

This might be your biggest question. What actually is a hybrid vehicle? A hybrid uses two powertrains: an electric motor and a gasoline engine. While the engine uses gasoline to drive it (like all gas engines), the electric motor draws its power from the battery. These two different powers (the electric motor and the gas engine) work together to power the car.

What Maintenance Does It Require?

Once you own a hybrid, you need to know how to take care of it. Hybrids require little maintenance, many times, even less than gas-powered vehicles. When it does come time for maintenance, just make sure you’re going to a professional, since coolant changes will be more complicated than in a typical vehicle. And of course, keep an eye on the battery’s charge.

Is the Fuel Mileage Accurate?

Of course, one of the motivations behind getting a hybrid vehicle is the incredible fuel mileage. So, is the increased mileage worth it? Absolutely. A hybrid’s reliance on the electric motor greatly limits the amount of gas that the gasoline engine burns. To maximize efficiency, be sure to practice good driving habits, like stopping and accelerating gradually.

Will It Still Get Good Performance?

Since hybrids get great efficiency, many assume that they won’t provide good performance. However, hybrids also offer plenty of power, like the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, which offers 215 horsepower. Since hybrids still rely on a traditional gas engine, this engine can do the work when it comes to horsepower.

What Are My Toyota Hybrid Options?

Have you decided that a hybrid is right for you? Here are the Toyota hybrid models you should consider:

  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Prius c
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If you’re ready to upgrade your ride for something eco-friendlier, stop into Wondries Toyota and browse our selection.

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