It's hard to believe that 2017 is just around the corner. In less than three months you'll be knee deep in your resolutions for the next year. Like many, your pledge will be to reduce your carbon footprint while better balancing your budget. You also hope to accomplish this without sacrificing aesthetics and good taste. In anticipation, Toyota has released one of the most epic hybrid lineups to date. The tough part, for you, is choosing one that's best for your household. Let's see if we can help you narrow it down.
The new Prius just may become the most Instagrammable car of 2017 thanks to its athletic, daring, trendsetting, and futuristic new look. But we all know technology is what really drives this new beauty. That tech begins with three driving modes that can be accessed with the touch of a button. ECO Mode maximizes fuel economy. EV Mode runs entirely on battery power for up to one-half mile (over .8 km), when needed. And POWER Mode does what the name promises, increasing throttle response for added oomph. What you get is an efficient driving machine that provides up to an EPA-estimated 58 mpg.
The same attention to technological advancement is found throughout the entire vehicle. This includes (but is not exclusive to) Bluetooth, available Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, Smart-Flow Climate Control, and the available color Head-Up Display that taps into aircraft-inspired technology to project driver-centric data on your windshield.
Safety is also paramount in the new Prius. Available Intelligent Clearance Sonar, Parking Assist, Integrated Backup Camera, Pre-collision System, Lane-Departure Alert, and Toyota's standard Star Safety System make this vehicle of the future a part of your very long and healthy future.
Expect the phrase "Prius and Chill" to catch on soon, because the Prius v provides a smooth drive with every tech bell and whistle you could want outside of Netflix. Toyota's sedan version of the iconic Prius is tailor made for forward thinking couples and professionals. The thoughtful interior design is a big part of this. The 8-way power adjustable seat, sliding/reclining rear seats, and available panoramic moonroof make sitting within a figurative and literal breeze. You will be able to throw in any accessories you need, with the pop-open rear hatch-style door that unveils a full 34.3 cubic feet for cargo.
The at-home feel is accentuated by the on-screen technology on the dash. There you will find available touch-screen integrated navigation, an energy monitor, trip information display, SIRI Eyes-Free, and a backup camera display. Your command console extends to steering wheel audio controls that allow you to express your inner-DJ with taps of your fingertips.
The Prius v also comes with ECO, EVO, and POWER Modes and a Hybrid System Indicator that conveys your EPA-estimated 41 mpg (combined).
The new RAV4 Hybrid is already making the list among the best vehicles for empty nesters, recreational cruisers, mountain bikers, and more. This is the most versatile of the hybrid lot. The over 73 cubic feet of cargo space allows you to pack it all in, without losing power and fuel efficiency. That fuel efficiency comes in at an EPA-estimated 34 mpg city, impressive for an SUV! This crossover also redefines hybrid power, with 194 net horsepower and outstanding acceleration. Knowing that you plan on taking your SUV on extended road trips, the RAV4 was built with Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with intelligence, available audio systems with Integrated Navigation, and XLE/SE Connected Navigation. Other features such as SIRI Eyes-Free and SiriusXM Satellite Radio will make long drives seem shorter for drivers and passengers alike.
Efficiency aside, the RAV4 Hybrid is also notable for its smaller but no less important high-tech conveniences. For instance, the available integrated HomeLink feature lets you seamlessly control the world around you, including your garage door, front gate and home security system. And when it comes to security, the RAV4 Hybrid takes Toyota's standard Star Safety System a step further with the newly developed (for 2017) Toyota Safety Sense P (TTSP).
The 2017 Camry Hybrid has gone beyond its reputation as a sensible vehicle, and has now thrown its hat into the ring as a weekend road warrior too. This is all thanks to a surprising amount of power that is complemented by dynamic suspension tuning, a stabilizer bar and a stability control system that ensures a smooth drive in the fast lane. This vehicle balances power and stability with fuel efficiency. It's Hybrid Synergy Drive system (with ECO and EVO Modes) which combines gas and electric motor output delivers an impressive 200 horsepower while maintaining an EPA-estimated 42 mpg city.
The interior is superior too. The LE is ignited by a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, USB 2.0 port, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel-mounted controls and SIRI Eyes Free. The XLE interior shines even brighter with a 7-inch touch-screen, an AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback, 10 JBL GreenEdge speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, wireless smartphone charging and much more. The SE's interior, for all of its exciting tech, is actually most notable for its sport fabric SofTex trimmed front seats, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and silver interior trim. the options available to you when considering a 2017 Camry Hybrid are practically innumerable.
Last but not least is one of the most exciting hybrid vehicle additions of the new millennia. Prius Prime is on the scene, and is making its way into Canadian dealerships soon! While we'll feature this revolutionary (in look, function, and feel) vehicle in greater detail on our blog in the weeks ahead, we can give you a sneak peak. The Prime will have an EPA-estimated 54 mpg city, an EPA-estimated total driving range of 640 miles, and a large battery capacity that will allow you to drive longer than ever in EV Mode. With a standard plug-in, your Prime will be primed to hit the road in just 5.5 hours, or only just over 2 hours when using a public 240V charging station.
What else will set Prime apart from the other Prius models? For starters, the sneak peak image above hints at the completely revamped front and rear design. The Prime's advanced Quad-LED projector headlights, LED taillights and signals don't just light the road ahead, they will turn heads in a dramatic fashion. This new hybrid's aerodynamic rear glass and hatch are also revolutionary, integrating carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer construction to provide an inexplicably lightweight, easy-to-lift hatch. Stay tuned for more from this exciting 2017 development.
Want to feel what it's like to cruise behind the wheel of a 2017 hybrid from the original mass-market hybrid manufacturer? Greater Vancouver residents can book a test drive by contacting Westminster Toyota today.