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Are you considering a new car in the new year? Do your new year resolutions also include becoming more environmentally conscious? Good. Then this article is for you.
As the leader in eco-friendly driving, Toyota has instituted its groundbreaking Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. The initiative sets a series of goals to eliminate nearly all of its carbon emissions (vehicles, production, and plants) over the next 35 years. By considering Toyota for your next vehicle, you've already taken the first step towards achieving your own new goal.
What sets Toyota even further apart, is that we understand the challenge of balancing environmental considerations with practicality. Whether you need your automobile for work, suburban life, off-road expeditions, or all-of-the-above you demand a vehicle that suits your lifestyle on the road without leaving a carbon footprint. The following Toyota vehicles will help you do your part for the environment without sacrificing either aesthetic appeal or performance.
Industry Leading Eco-Friendly Toyota Vehicles to Buy in 2016
The new RAV4 Hybrid offers drivers the best of both worlds. As an eco-friendly vehicle, this compact SUV is available with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive®. This system is the ultimate in smart-driving technology. It tells the vehicle when to switch between petrol and electric power, and when both should be combined for maximum efficiency. This guarantees optimal on-road performance while at the same time minimizing fuel consumption and exhaust pollution. The technological intelligence is truly impressive. When the engine is running petrol, it charges the battery and when the vehicle brakes, energy is converted to electricity for the RAV4 to use later. Since the battery is able to charge in this manner, you never need to plug-in your RAV4 Hybrid. The RAV4's Hybrid Gauge Cluster and Energy Monitor allow you real time information through the entire driving/charging process.
The fuel economy and power that the compact SUV is known for is also intact within the 2016 hybrid. With an EPA-estimated 34 mpg (city) this RAV4 delivers 194 horsepower with exceptional acceleration and comes available with Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with intelligence (AWD-i). Drivers experience an electric motor that delivers instant torque to the rear for those moments when you need superior traction in a flash. Aesthetically, the new RAV4 is also something to admire! The Limited Hybrid is outfitted with gorgeous 18-inch SuperChrome wheels and a distinctive Hybrid badge that allows you to wear your allegiance to performance and the environment on your proverbial sleeve. View more on the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid.
2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The best selling car in America has extended itself to the hybrid market in 2016. Like the RAV4 the Camry Hybrid is outfitted with the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, delivering an unmatched combined output of 200 horsepower from both the gas and electric motors.
The vehicle offers two modes for driving - ECO Mode, which maximizes fuel economy, and EV Mode which drives solely on battery power for up to half a mile. Fuel economy is superior with this eco-friendly sedan, with an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city for the LE and 40 mpg for the SE and XLE. Factor in state-of-the-art design, lightweight materials, enhanced aerodynamics, dynamic suspension tuning and a stability control system and you've got a hybrid that allows you to drive farther and faster for less, sans the carbon footprint. View more on the 2016 Camry Hybrid.
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The best family vehicle on the continent now accommodates households with environmental mandates. Pile-in up to 8 passengers (LE/XLE or 7 in the Limited) comfortably in the Hybrid Synergy Drive system driven addition to the hybrid SUV line. The tough and sporty family vehicle comes with 3.5 litre V6, delivers 280 net horsepower, has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg, and also drives in ECO and EV Modes. Because Toyota knows that you demand the most from a family SUV the Highlander Hybrid can also tow an impressive 3,500 lb (1,587 kg). Thanks to Toyota, you no longer have to feel guilty about taking a spacious and powerful SUV out on the road. View more on the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
2016 Toyota Prius
It's no surprise that this eco-friendly line-up concludes with a peak at the Toyota Prius, the vehicle that set the tone for all hybrid technology. The Prius was the very first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in the world when it was introduced in 2000.
To date, over 95% of all Toyota Prius models sold over the past 10 years remain on the road. More recently, the EPA deemed the Prius the Best Hybrid Electric Vehicle. In 2016, you can expect more from this revolutionary car.
With an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined (Prius v), this adventurous automobile allows you and your passengers a multitude of eco-conscious miles of driving. The 2016 Prius v is a full series-parallel hybrid that applies a distinct electric motor and generator. Like its cousins above, the Prius v drives in ECO and EV Mode but adds an additional POWER Mode, a version that increases gas pedal response for ramped-up acceleration. In addition to the Hybrid System Indicator the Prius v fuel-usage screen allows you to monitor gas mileage and receive instantaneous readouts regarding your current and average mpg. Essentially, you can customize your driving habits to optimize fuel efficiency. View more on the 2016 Prius v.
When it comes to compromising between environmental consciousness and practicality Toyota is the world's leader with the legacy to back it up. Greater Vancouver residents are welcome to test drive any one of the vehicles found in our 2016 eco-friendly line-up. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.