Toyota Hybrid's Detailed Guide For New Westminster, BC

Toyota Hybrid History Overview

Toyota launches its first hybrid vehicle in 1997, which was the Prius model, a sedan that took the market by storm for its amazing fuel efficiency and reliability. The first-generation Prius had a gasoline 1.5-litre engine paired with an electric motor and a power splitting device to achieve low fuel consumption. From there, Toyota's vision to produce low emission vehicles started, as the 1997 model received the Overall Car of the Year award, paving the path for more models to come. Through the years, Toyota's focus on electric vehicles expanded to include plug-in hybrids, hybrids and fully electric models. Innovative safety features were also another priority, and today you will find Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and 2.5+ packages across their hybrid lineup models as standard.

Toyota Hybrid Models

Camry Hybrid

The Camry Hybrid comes in four trims: LE Hybrid, SE, Hybrid, XSE Hybrid and XLE Hybrid. You will have a comfortable ride driven by the 2.5-litre four-cylinder capable of 208 horsepower, achieving a combined fuel economy rating of 4.9 L/100km on the base model. As standard, every Camry Hybrid will have Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, giving you ultimate security behind the wheel.

Corolla Hybrid

Going for the Hybrid version of the Corolla is a fantastic choice, as it features the 121 horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder, which has a fuel economy rating of 4.4 L/100km in the city and 4.5 L/100km on the highway. You will also enjoy modern features, such as automatic A/C, push-button start, 7-inch digital speedometer, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package.

Highlander Hybrid

With either a seven- or eight-passenger seating capacity, the Highlander Hybrid is the perfect family SUV for Canadians. It has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder that produces up to 243 horsepower, giving you fuel consumption of 6.7 L/100km in the city and 6.8 L/100km on the highway. Safety is another aspect that the Highlander Hybrid excels in, offering TTS 2.5+ safety package and Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking.

RAV4 Hybrid

As Toyota's crossover, the RAV4 Hybrid combines stylish styling with an impressive all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Powering this model is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, delivering 219 horsepower at a low fuel usage that rates at 5.8 L/100km in the city and 6.3 L/100km on the highway. This model has as standard the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, giving you passive and active safety features.


For a mid-size SUV, you can't go wrong with the Venza, as it features two rows of comfortable seating and a TSS 2.0 safety package. Similar to the RAV4, it has a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, producing 219 horsepower. Even though this model is larger, it still maintains an efficiency rating of 5.9 L/100km in the city and 6.4 L/100km on the highway.


The Prius kicked off Toyota's hybrid model rollouts, and now it has an electric on-demand all-wheel-drive drivetrain to conquer Canada's winter with ease. This sedan offers a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, giving you an output of 120 horsepower, which achieves a fuel consumption rating of 4.5 L/100km in the city and 4.9 L/100km on highway drives.


Sienna is Toyota's legendary minivan, which comes with a front-wheel-drive on the base model, but the remaining trims get the all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Across the trim levels, you will have the 2.5-litre four-cylinder, giving you 245 horsepower. This eight-seater still manages to have an incredibly efficient ride, coming in at a combined rating of 6.5 L/100km.

RAV4 Prime

Upgrading to the RAV4 Prime boosts horsepower output to 302 horsepower while still giving you a total driving range of 979 kilometres. If you choose to drive on electric power alone, you will reach 68 kilometres before needing to recharge. This plug-in model gets you a fuel consumption rating of 5.7 L/100km in the city and 6.4 L/100km on the highway, which is impressive considering it produces more power at a similar fuel consumption to the standard RAV4 Hybrid.

Prius Prime

The Prius Prime model extends the driving range to 1,035 kilometres through the use of electric and hybrid driving modes while still being able to charge fully in 5 hours and 30 minutes. You will enjoy the EV mode consumption that this model brings forth, as it uses a combined 1.8 Le/100km. Powering the Prius Prime is the 121 horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder, which has a combined gas fuel efficiency of 4.3 L/100km.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a hybrid vehicle's battery last?

You should expect your hybrid's battery to last a long time, as it is backed by a 10-year/240,000 km warranty starting for 2020 models and newer. Also, Toyota states that 98% of hybrid electrics sold since 2001 in Canada have not had their original battery replaced.

How does a hybrid vehicle perform compared to a gas vehicle?

Hybrid vehicles perform very well and are comparable to gas-powered versions, but their instant power and torque delivery are superior to gas engines. Also, with an electric vehicle, you will have greater torque output, which improves the acceleration.

How long has Toyota been making hybrid vehicles?

Toyota's innovative hybrids hit the market in 1997 with the Prius model; since then, many of the lineup's vehicles have a hybrid variant to cater to lower emissions.

How well do Toyota hybrid vehicles perform in winter and other weather conditions?

Toyota hybrids hold up very well in winter, as they are designed to withstand Canada's extreme weather conditions. You will be confident knowing that Toyota puts all of its lineup models under rigorous testing standards to produce vehicles that meet the needs of life in Canada.

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