About Hybrids

Environmentally friendly. Fuel efficient to the last drop. And designed with power and performance in mind. Toyota’s latest generation hybrid vehicles offer the most desirable features of both a gasoline engine and an electric motor system. They don’t just raise the bar, they carry it to heights that few thought possible. The ever-expanding Toyota hybrid fleet: allowing us all to breathe more easily.

How Hybrids Work

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is a full hybrid because it can operate in three distinct modes. Gas only, electric motor only, or a combination of the two. It doesn't have to ever be plugged in!

Benefits of Hybrid Technology

Fewer emissions and pollutants. More kilometres on less fuel. Power and performance second to none, and a ride with the quiet smoothness of a luxury vehicle.

The Future of Hybrids

Hybrids are here to stay with the technology being integrated into more and more of the Toyota lineup. At present, that includes the Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid.

Important Note

Unless otherwise stated in an individual myth or claim, all comparisons are between a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicle and a comparable conventional gasoline engine vehicle (comparable in size, class, equipment) when identically driven under identical conditions.


Hybrids are expensive

New pricing for all 2017 Toyota hybrids is lower than ever before. The new Prius c will change the pricing landscape for hybrids. Prius c currently has an MSRP price of $23,705*.


Hybrid batteries need to be replaced

Hybrid batteries are designed to last the life of the vehicle. Backed by an 8 year, 160,000 km warranty, hybrid taxies have gone well over half a million kilometres on the original battery. The fact of the matter is 99% of the hybrid vehicles we have sold since 2006 have never had their original battery replaced.

Hybrid performance doesn't last long

Taxi fleets in Vancouver and Winnipeg have been using hybrids for over a decade logging millions of kilometres, some with over 1,000,000 km on the odometer.

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries are inferior to Lithium Ion (Li-Ion batteries)

NiMH works well for hybrid applications that don't see deep charging cycles without the added cost of Li-Ion. NiMH chemistry is appropriate for a hybrid application.

Operation Hybrids have to be plugged in

Hybrids never have to be plugged in. EVs have to be plugged in, PHVs can be plugged in, hybrids never need to be plugged in.

Hybrids are only for city driving

While hybrids benefit from engine-shut-off and more EV driving in the city, Toyota's hybrid engines are of an Atkinson cycle design, which is more efficient even on the highway than comparable conventional gas engine vehicles. Atkinson cycle design (vs Otto cycle in conventional engines) is more efficient but lacks low-end torque - which when mated to the electric motors of Hybrid Synergy Drive, provide instantaneous low-end torque.

Hybrids require premium fuel

Toyota hybrids do not require premium fuel.

Ownership & Maintenance

Hybrids are small and underpowered

The Highlander Hybrid is an SUV that can tow with a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs and Camry Hybrid packs 200hp in a mid-size package. Hybrids will be racing in LeMans this year and have competed in the Newfoundland Targa Rally twice.

Hybrids require more maintenance

In a Hybrid, the engines are off some of the time, the brakes are regenerative, saving pad and rotor life, there is no transmission fluid under load, there are no starters, alternators or belts to be replaced. In fact, much of the hybrid maintenance schedule is nearly identical to a conventionally powered vehicle's maintenance schedule.

Hybrids do not have a warranty

Toyota hybrid component warranty is 8 years or 160,000 km.


Hybrids have expensive components

The e-CVT transmission has fewer components than a traditional automatic transmission and there is only a battery and inverter as extra parts. Batteries are reliable and approx $2,500.

The technology is too new / Hybrids are only a fad

Hybrids have been around for over 10 years now with over 3.3 million sold worldwide. The trend will grow as other manufacturers develop hybrids.

Hybrid batteries are filling up landfills

Hybrid batteries can be dismantled and recycled. Toyota Canada has a battery recycling program in place that recycles over 90% of a Hybrid's used battery.


Hybrids are not safe to drive

Hybrids are as safe to drive as comparably equipped gas vehicles. Hybrids cause no greater concern for passengers or rescuers in the event of a collision than non-hybrid vehicles. The batteries are sealed in a protective metal case and insulated from the vehicle body. Toyota locates the battery packs near the rear axle, a location well-protected in the event of a collision. Hybrid vehicles must conform to the same government crash standards as all other passenger vehicles. Additionally, hybrids shroud their battery cables in bright orange cladding as a warning to emergency workers.

Hybrids pose a threat to emergency responders

The battery pack is completely sealed. As well, all high voltage circuits are protected against accidental contact. They are marked, colour-coded and have warnings indicating their presence. There are also emergency response guides and dismantling guides published online.

Hybrids cause pacemakers to stop working

Pacemakers and other electronic devices are affected by large electromagnetic fields. All of our cables are shielded and the measured EMF from inside and outside of Toyota hybrid vehicles in the 50-60 Hz range is at the same low levels as conventional gasoline vehicles. Therefore there are no additional health risks to drivers, passengers or bystanders.

Hybrids are a silent menace to blind people

Starting in 2012, Toyota has begun equipping our full-model change hybrids with a Vehicle Approach Notice system, which audibly mimics the sound pressure of a conventional engine.

Hybrids are not healthy due to electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields or EMF exposure is actually all around us. As mentioned, all of our cables are shielded and the measured EMF from inside and outside of Toyota hybrid vehicles in the 50-60 Hz range is at the same low levels as conventional gasoline vehicles. Therefore there are no additional health risks to drivers, passengers or bystanders.

Competitor's Hybrids

Competitor hybrids are the same as Toyota hybrids

Although almost every manufacturer has a hybrid, our hybrids actually provide superb fuel efficiency because of the nature of our patented technology (that some other manufacturers even license). Full EV-only driving, engine-start-stop, highly efficient Atkinson cycle engines, regenerative braking, electric motor assist are featured on Toyota's full hybrids.

Competitors are using Li-Ion batteries

Li-Ion batteries, while packing more energy density than NiMH batteries, are more costly than Ni MH batteries and are better suited for deep cycle discharges. Our proven Ni MH batteries have lasted well over our warranty periods and provide robust durable service. We expect Li-Ion battery technology will continue to improve and is best suited for use by deep-cycle technologies like EVs, PHVs and FCEVs.

*MSRP does not include freight and PDI of $1,565, license, insurance, registration, applicable taxes, levies and fees. Dealer may sell for less.