Hybrid Heaven: 4 of the Best Toyota Hybrid Cars of 2019
Driving is a convenient way to get around, especially outside of large metro areas. Driving is also a great way to hurt our already fragile environment.
So how can we balance the convenience of driving while reducing our carbon footprint? That’s where hybrid cars come in.
Hybrid cars combine gas and electric power to greatly reduce the amount of fuel used per mile of driving. Hybrid cars are extremely common now, so you might need some help choosing one. That’s where we come in.
Toyota is the pioneer of hybrid cars, and are still the leaders in the industry. So, we’re going to look at the masters.
Read on to see our favorite Toyota Hybrid cars, and why you should choose one of them for your next vehicle.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Everyone knows about the Toyota Prius, and rest assured, we’ll be covering several different versions of the famous hybrid, but we’re going to start with something a little different.
The Toyota Yaris is a pint-sized hybrid that offers phenomenal mileage and won’t take up much space in the driveway.
The biggest draw of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is its price. For those looking to buy a Toyota hybrid, the Yaris is by far the least expensive. There are quite a few options available, but even when upgrading to the Icon (our preferred version) the Yaris is still an economical choice.
Despite its small exterior, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid offers a surprisingly spacious interior. Drivers both short and tall will find the front seats comfortable and spacious, with plenty of places to store loose change and other knick-knacks.
The rear space is a little more cramped, and while three adults probably won’t have a great time riding together, two adults or three children should be just fine.
The hatchback trunk space is where the Yaris shines. With the rear seats folded down, it has one of the largest carrying capacities of all of the super small hatchbacks. The Yaris Hybrid has a little less space than the standard due to the battery, but still more space than you would expect.
Overall, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is the ultimate company car. With incredible reliability (top in the small car class) and fuel economy around 80mpg in urban settings, this is the car you want to be driving every day for work.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The hybrid SUV class is fairly new and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is emerging as the leader in the midsize SUV class.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is on the more expensive side of the midsize SUV class, but that’s because it’s the only hybrid in the class at this time. So if you want fuel efficiency with your SUV, it’s absolutely worth the money.
The Highlander Hybrid clocks in at an amazing 29mpg city and 27mpg highway, the best fuel economy amongst midsize SUVs.
If you want the Highlander for cargo space, you’ve got plenty of it. With all the seats up it has a modest 13.8 cubic feet of space. However, the Highlander Hybrid really shines when you fold down the back row of seats, opening up to 42.3 cubic feet and with the middle row down it has a whopping 83.7 cubic feet of space, amongst the best in its class.
It has just as much driving power as most SUVs in the class, which is impressive for a hybrid. Whether you’re taking tight city streets or passing cars on the highway, the Highlander will get you there fast.
Overall, if you need cargo space and power without hurting the environment, this is your clear choice. However, if you want to save a bit of money in exchange for cargo and passenger space, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a great alternative.
Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry has been a staple in Toyota’s lineup for years, and the hybrid upgrade is even better.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid ranked #1 in two US News’ categories: midsize cars and hybrid cars. If you’re looking for a hybrid car that has a little more space than the classic Prius, this is your car.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid has the largest trunk amongst midsize Hybrids, which if you’ve shopped around for hybrid cars you know is a big deal. Hybrids commonly forsake trunk space for the battery, but it’s not the case here.
The Camry Hybrid also has impressive power for a Hybrid car, boasting a whopping combined rating of 208 horsepower. This is especially impressive when you consider that the Camry Hybrid gets 51mpg in the city and 53mpg on the highway.
The Camry Hybrid does come at a pretty price tag, but when you consider the amount you’ll save on fuel without sacrificing luxury or power, it’s totally worth it. And if money is a concern, we have plenty of deals on brand new Camry Hybrids that will soften the blow.
Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, and Prius c
Ah, the great Prius. Once the punchline of many jokes when people still didn’t understand the importance of hybrid vehicles. Now it’s synonymous with the term, and still one of the leaders in the class.
The Prius now has several siblings, the Prius Prime and Prius c. The Prime is a plug-in hybrid version of the Prius and can drive up to 25 miles without using any gas on a full charge, saving tons of money at the pump. The Prius c is a cheaper, compact version of the Prius, not quite as small as the Yaris, but along the same lines.
All of the vehicles are great in their own right; however, the original Prius is still the best in our opinion. There’s a reason it’s a classic, and still one of the best selling hybrid vehicles in the world.
Buying Toyota Hybrid Cars
Now that we’ve gone over a few of our favorites, it’s time to get one for yourself.
At Wilde Toyota, we have a wide selection of Toyota hybrid cars at the most competitive prices. Whether you’re looking for a brand new Highlander Hybrid or looking to save a few dollars on a quality certified pre-owned hybrid, we have it all right here.