Toyota ECO Mode: Efficiently Enhancing the Toyota Driving Experience
If we doubled the fuel efficiency of new motor vehicles, we could reduce the amount of oil we use by 5 million barrels per day by 2035.
If you own a Toyota with eco mode, you’re already well on your way to doing your part. But first, you have to know when and how to use it.
Using Toyota eco mode can save you money on gas. But there’s a time and a place to use it — otherwise, you risk performance when you really need it.
Keep reading to learn what eco mode is, when to use it, and how it differs from other Toyota driving modes.
What Is Eco Mode?
When you turn the eco mode on, the system regulates air conditioning, heated seats, and other instruments that use power in your vehicle. This alleviates pressure from the engine. And when your engine isn’t working as hard to drive and power all of those instruments, it contributes to better fuel efficiency.
In comparison to other driving modes, the eco mode makes driving more economical. That means that you’re saving money on fuel costs. But you’re also contributing to fewer emissions and, ultimately, reducing your ecological footprint.
Toyota’s are already among some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. And putting them on eco mode gives you even more miles to the gallon.
When to Use Eco Mode
Turning on eco mode means your main priority is optimizing fuel use in the vehicle. This is because it takes away from the power of your engine and other functions you may need in certain situations.
Eco mode will reduce power demands by various receptacles in the vehicle. It will adjust power output and seating, as well as heating and cooling to prioritize fuel use.
When these things aren’t a priority, then use eco mode. You may also consider using it for stop-and-go driving when accelerator sensitivity is important.
Although eco mode doesn’t greatly reduce the amount of power you have available for driving, it’s not the ideal mode for a situation in which power is needed. If you’re driving up a hill or accelerating to pass people on a highway, you probably shouldn’t use eco mode. If you need an optimum performance in terms of speed, it’s better to drive in either Normal or Sport mode.
And when you need complete control over the heating or cooling inside the vehicle, it’s also not wise to use eco mode.
Eco Mode vs. Other Driving Modes
Toyotas come equipped with other driving modes, which optimize the performance of your vehicle for their own specific driving scenarios. These modes include Normal, Sport, and Snow modes.
Normal Mode is what you would use for everyday driving. When in this driving mode, all aspects of the vehicle performance are balanced. The system considers performance, efficiency, and comfort and creates the optimal conditions for balancing all three.
When you want more performance and handling, then you might switch your Toyota into Sport Mode. This mode puts the priority on the response of your accelerator. It improves your acceleration levels by making your accelerator more sensitive to the touch.
And if you live in a climate that experiences winter, Snow Mode will come in handy. You use this mode to give you more control when you’re driving in slippery conditions. It increases the traction of the vehicle so you can accelerate and drive safely in snow or slippery conditions.
Eco Mode vs. Eco Indicator Light
Some Toyotas come with an eco indicator light. Although related to fuel efficiency, this feature is different from eco mode.
An eco indicator light helps the driver drive in a more fuel efficient way. It does this by monitoring your acceleration and indicating when you’re driving in a way that wastes gas.
If you step too hard on the accelerator, the eco indicator light disappears from your instrument display. The bar will also start flashing.
As long as you apply the right amount of pressure to your accelerator, the bar stays in the eco range and the indicator light stays on. Remember that the closer the bar is to the left, the better your driving is in terms of saving fuel.
So while eco mode actually adjusts and regulates components of your vehicle to save fuel, the eco indicator light relies on your to adjust your driving. You can turn the eco Indicator light on and off from the Multi-Information Display — and it won’t affect any of the controls in your car.
Eco Mode vs. EV Mode
While many Toyota vehicles come equipped with eco mode, only Toyota hybrid vehicles come with EV mode. Also known as Electrical Vehicle mode, this is completely different than adjusting your power output with eco mode.
When you turn on the EV mode in your hybrid vehicle, it means your car is no longer using its engine to propel itself forward. Instead, it is pulling all of its power from the battery.
Because you’re not burning fuel, it’s excellent fuel efficiency. But you can’t drive in EV mode for long distances or in fast driving conditions. It should only be used for a mile of driving and even then, at very low speeds.
Another thing to keep in mind when driving in EV mode is the noise level — or lack thereof. When your car is running solely on the battery, it’s basically silent. You need to pay extra attention to other vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians who may not hear you approaching.
Looking for a New Toyota?
Your Toyota comes with eco mode to help you save on fuel. When you turn it on, your power output is adjusted so that there’s less pressure on your engine. And the less work your engine does, the more mile you get to the gallon.
But great fuel economy isn’t the only thing Toyota’s have to offer.
Contact us to find the perfect Toyota vehicle for your driving needs.