Hybrid vehicles can be a confusing thing for many people. A mystery of sorts.
Yes, people research them, and they shop for them. They buy them and they own them.
But what is a hybrid engine, and how dependable are they over time? You know, like the engines you find in a Toyota Prius, or a 2021 Toyota Venza, or a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
We went straight to a Toyota expert for answers.
2021 Toyota Prius specs
Ali Mohagheghi is a Master Diagnostic Technician with Fred Anderson Toyota in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been working on Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs for 35 years.
He says his special interest is in Toyota hybrid vehicles, having worked on them since the Toyota Prius was first launched over two decades ago.
Ali was kind enough to give us a tour of some Toyota hybrid engines. He is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to know more about this highly interesting but complex topic.
Of course, Toyota has opened the flood gates on its hybrid lineup. We see more and more of them each year. Think about the all-new 2021 Venza, 2021 Sienna Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Toyota Prius and many more.
We may even see a Toyota Tundra Hybrid in the near future.
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A Toyota hybrid, like found in 2021 Prius, utilizes a gasoline engine working together in synergy with multiple electric motors.
The benefits of this synergistic effect may include more horsepower, additional low-end torque, less emissions and drastically improved fuel efficiency.
Toyota Hybrid Warranty
Starting with 2020 all Toyota hybrid vehicles, including Toyota Prius and RAV4 Hybrid and Toyota Venza, have an extended warranty you may enjoy.
The hybrid battery is now covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. Previous battery coverage for pre-2020 hybrids was 8 years or 100,000 miles.
This should provide peace of mind for many people who would like to purchase a new Toyota hybrid like 2021 Toyota Venza or RAV4 Hybrid but are still unsure. They may have heard the battery is expensive to replace if it needs replacing.
Peace of mind can mean so much to a person and their family when making a big decision like going with a hybrid vehicle. I feel this will really help.
How long will a Toyota Hybrid battery last?
According to Ali, “the hybrid battery on them usually lasts 180,000 to 200,000 miles. And they are becoming cheaper and cheaper and cheaper as they go.”
There is no way to predict for sure how long each individual Toyota hybrid will last before its battery needs to be replaced. Many vehicles will go their entire lifetime with the original Toyota hybrid battery still going strong.
This is, however, a good baseline to start with.
Time for your thoughts on Toyota Prius and more
Are you in the market for a new hybrid such as 2021 Toyota Venza or Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? Or maybe another Toyota model?
What is your comfort level with Toyota Hybrid?
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If you are not yet sure about purchasing a hybrid vehicle, what concerns do you have that might be holding you back? This would make for great future content. Thanks in advance.
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