Hybrid Simple Truths

With questions ranging from “Do they need plugging in?” to “Aren’t they really expensive?” as hybrid leaders we know there can be a lot of misunderstanding around hybrid cars, so here’s some definitive answers to five common myths.

10 Million Toyota Hybrids
1. Only a few people have bought Hybrids

For some people, hybrid technology is still thought of as a new technology.

However since our hybrid story began in 1997, with the launch of the first Prius, over ten million people have chosen to move forward with a Toyota hybrid and not looked back.

Toyota Hybrid Instrument Panel
Toyota Auris Hybrid Front
2. Hybrids need to be plugged in

No cables, no sockets, no waiting around to charge, just jump in behind the wheel and drive.

When the hybrid battery runs low, the petrol engine charges it back up again. And when you brake or coast, that energy is recycled and used to charge the battery. Meaning your car's battery is always ready and charged!

3. Hybrids are really expensive to buy and service

It costs about the same to service a hybrid as a conventional Toyota and can be carried out by any Toyota Authorised Reparier.

In fact, some parts like brake pads may, in fact, wear less due to the benefits of the hybrid's regenerative braking. All hybrids come with a 5 year/100,000 mile *manufacturer warranty and a 8 year/100,000 hybrid battery warranty.

Toyota Prius Hybrid
Toyota Interior
4. There isn't a Hybrid model that's right for me

If you ask most people to think of a hybrid, the iconic Toyota Prius – the car that started it all – would be front of mind. Our most celebrated model is now in its fourth-generation and is back where it belongs, at the cutting-edge of innovation and design.

As the hybrid leader, Toyota offer an ever-growing range of seven hybrid models for everyone and everything. From the city-slicking Yaris Hybrid, the spacious Auris Hybrid hatchback and Touring Sports, the RAV4 – the original compact SUV – to the three-car Prius family, there’s sure to be a Hybrid match for you. With the dynamic Toyota C-HR crossover set to join our ranks at the end of 2016 our hybrid range continues to go from strength to strength.

5. Hybrids are complex and boring to drive

"A lovely smooth and comfortable ride" Mr Gru. One of the reasons why our customers rarely change back after owning a hybrid is that they love how smooth and easy to drive they are. You’ll notice how all our Hybrids are automatic and come equipped with keyless start systems, so you just jump in, hit the start button, put the lever in Drive and go.

Once on the way, our full Hybrid system offers a smooth and seamless transition between electric-only drive and petrol-powered progress – or both together – which is relaxing, rewarding and cost-efficient. With the introduction of the all-new Prius we now offer a truly dynamic and involving driving experience. Why not try one for yourself and join over 10 million people who’ll never look back.