What is a Hybrid?

Toyota Hybrid

It's time to leave the old way of driving behind. Toyota Hybrids save fuel, reduce emissions and even recharge their batteries without being plugged in. You might think they are complicated to own, yet the opposite is true – they are designed to make your life easier.

Hybrid Synergy Drive technology

There's nothing complicated about driving a Hybrid. See how Toyota's designed them to be as easy to live with as any conventional car.

Double the power, double the response

Our Hybrids comprise two engines: one petrol, one electric. They work together to deliver smooth power and responsive torque, as and when you need it. Should you need any extra performance – for instance, when you're overtaking – simply press the Power button and enjoy an immediate reply.

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Intelligent power whatever the journey

Uphill: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance
Deceleration and Braking: The system recycles kinetic energy to charge the battery
Overtaking: Both engines power the vehicle to deliver maximum performance. 
Standstill: Both engines are automatically switched off so no energy is wasted idling

Fuel economy that doesn’t waste a drop

It’s no secret that, on most cars, driving in the city increases fuel costs. Hybrids don't behave like most cars. For a start, they recycle energy and have two engines working in harmony to deliver figures as impressively low as 3 litres of petrol consumed per 100km. A noticable return indeed and one that can befurther reduced when driving in Eco Mode. Of course, if you want to eliminate that figure completely, simply select electric EV-mode, go easy on the pedal and you won’t use a single drop when accelerating up to 50km/h.

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A quiet feeling of tranquility

When you select the electric EV-mode on our Hybrids you'd notice something quite special – nothing at all! The silence and sheer tranquility of the engine really is something you have to experience to believe. Electric EV-mode also produces zero emissions and provides an ultra-smooth ride. In fact, it’s a very calm place to be.

Low emissions you can't ignore

The perfect partnership of an electric motor and a petrol engine means our Hybrid emissions start as small as 70g per km, which is an amazingly low statistic for a family car. In fact, when driving in electric EV-mode, they can drive up to 50km/h without producing any emissions whatsoever – you’d find more CO2 in a spent balloon.

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What is a plug-in Hybrid?

Think of a plug-in Hybrid as an electric car and a Hybrid rolled into one. With all the benefits of our Hybrid models, but boasting an extended electric driving range for even more zero-emission journeys, a Plug-in Hybrid is even kinder to your wallet and the environment. Discover the Prius Plug-in here.

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