Hypermiling Tips to Help You Beat The EPA

Back in the day, all of the cool kids used to go outside of town, smoke cigarettes, listen to rock-n-roll, and drag race. These days, there’s a much cooler–and much safer–game being played.

It’s called hypermiling. The object of the game is to beat the EPA-estimated mpg numbers for your vehicle. Sound like fun? Here are some hypermiling tips to help you get started…

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

To win the game of hypermiling, one thing you are going to have to give up is time. Maybe not as much as you might think, but inevitably, it’s going to take longer to get wherever you want to go.

Take It Easy

The most significant thing you can do to up your mpg numbers is to drive extremely easy. That means two things: laid-back acceleration and early, soft braking. When you take off from a stoplight or stop sign, take your time getting up to speed. When approaching an area where you may have to stop, brake early. Braking too soon means you may have to accelerate to get back up to speed.

Record Your Progress

If the goal is to continually improve your numbers, you need to record those numbers. There are a lot of smartphone apps out there that make it extremely easy to do so! You can also compete with friends.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments below!

How Efficient Are Toyota Hybrids? We’re Not Just Talking about the Prius Anymore


2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Find Out How Efficient the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Really Is

We all know that the Toyota Prius reigns supreme as the flagship Hybrid vehicle; you can’t get much better than 51 mpg city. But what about the other hybrid vehicles that Toyota sells? After all, the Prius isn’t the only hybrid in the Toyota lineup.

From the Camry to the Avalon to the Highlander, Toyota offers a nice assortment of hybrid options for varying car buying needs. If the Prius is too small or maybe you want a more luxurious interior, there is certainly another Toyota hybrid out there for you.

So just how efficient are the other Toyota Hybrids? Let’s do some comparisons and see what each hybrid model has to offer:

Hybrid Engine Hybrid MPG Gas MPG
2014 Avalon Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 40/39 21/31
2014 Camry Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 43/39 25/35
2014 Highlander Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 27/28 19/25

| View Specs for the 2014 Toyota Avalon |

The best part about opting for a Toyota hybrid is that you get all of the features and specs of the cars you love, just with way better gas mileage. We still love our king of hybrids, the Prius, but it’s nice to know there are other options out there for the eco-conscious shopper in all of us.

Dick Dyer Toyota has the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid in stock. Check out our website for more information or visit our showroom.

The Camry Effect

We’ve all heard of the Toyota Camry. It has been one of the best-selling sedans in America for years. It is one of Toyota’s flagship models. But do you really know the Camry?

Toyota initiated the Camry Effect campaign to show how the Camry works in the lives of everyday people. Phil Penrod is one of these people, a real person who drives the Toyota Camry in his real life.

Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris sat down with Phil to get his thoughts on his Toyota Camry Hybrid. As a first Sergeant and someone with a bad back, Phil explains how the Camry Hybrid provides him with comfort, cost-effectiveness, and surprisingly enough, speed.

Check out the whole interview and see for yourself how the Toyota Camry can help you:

The Toyota Prius c

When it comes to hybrid cars, there are more and more models, brands, and options popping up all the time. But don’t be fooled. Your best bet for an efficient yet affordable hybrid is the Toyota Prius c. Simply put, it is one of the most affordable hybrid cars out there.

The Prius c delivers an incredible 53 miles per gallon city and 46 miles per gallon highway. While the Prius c is smaller than its original Prius counterpart, this hybrid still comfortably seats five.

Whether you choose normal driving mode, ECO, or EV, you are sure to be impressed with the results you obtain. Watch this video to find out more about the various modes of the Toyota Prius c:

Toyota Prius Boasts Title of “2012 Best Green Car to Buy”

It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has heard of the Toyota Prius. This hybrid vehicle has become synonymous with fuel efficiency and saving money at the pump. But now, you may have more of a reason than ever to buy this hybrid.

The Toyota Prius was just named the 2012 Best Green Car to Buy by GreenCarReports.com. And the best part? The Prius alone did not win, but rather the whole Prius family, set to be released in 2012. GreenCarReports sought out several components when making their decision, including price range, availability, and of course environmental-friendliness.

The Toyota Prius family will include four vehicles. Here is a breakdown of each model’s highlights:

  • Prius Liftback: 50 mpg combined
  • Prius V: 58% more cargo space than the Liftback, 44 mpg city
  • Prius Plug-in Hybrid: seating for five, 87 mpg combined in electric mode, 49 mpg combined in hybrid mode
  • Prius c: spirited driving dynamics, estimated to deliver more than 50 mpg city

Since the Prius was named the Best Green Car to Buy, stop by Dick Dyer Toyota today and get your efficient and green Toyota Prius!