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.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Price to Be Reduced for 2014

Toyota Prius Plug-InAmerica’s favorite hybrid, the Toyota Prius, became even more efficient and environmentally friendly when the Prius Plug-In began production in 2011. The lithium-ion battery of the Prius Plug-In is charged by plugging into an electrical power source, as the name suggests. Even better, it doesn’t require a drop of gasoline.

While consumers love the efficiency of the Prius Plug-In, there is still some heartburn around the cost of this all-electric model; indeed, the current 2013 model costs around $8,000 more than the original Prius.

Taking note of this issue, Toyota has decided to make a change for the 2014 model year. While most cars increase in price with each successive year, the Prius Plug-In will actually be getting cheaper.

Toyota Prius Plug-In

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In is currently priced over $2,000 less than the 2013 model. Even more exciting, the 2014 Prius Plug-In Advanced will be listed for $4,620 less. Now that’s a change that America can get on board with.

Toyota isn’t skimping on the features in order to make the lower price a reality either. The 2014 Prius Plug-In will feature heated front seats, remote climate control, extended EV mode capabilities, and an additional year of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

The 2014 Prius Plug-In Advanced comes with even more bells and whistles, like premium HDD Navigation with Entune® App Suite, head-up display, and Toyota Safety Connect with emergency response.

The more affordable yet exceptionally efficient 2014 Prius Plug-In begins production in October, with models slated to arrive in showrooms by November of 2013.

Toyota Prius Persona Series

Prius Persona TiresOn its own, the Toyota Prius is a pretty unique car. Not only is it an ultra-efficient hybrid, it also offers a unique body shape and more features than your run of the mill sedan. But Toyota wanted to take it a step further, wanted to make the Prius a truly personalized and made-for-you kind of car. Enter the Persona Series, new for the 2013 model year.

Persona Seats

The Prius Persona Series allows owners to have a truly personalized Prius, set apart by its exclusive features and finishes. To start off, the Persona Series comes with dark-red interior stitching and dark chrome accents, modern and sleek touches not found on other Prius models. Sounds  pretty great already, huh?

Toyota Entune

What’s more, the Prius Persona flaunts 17-inch alloy wheels with a premium finish, light and comfortable charcoal SofTex trimmed seats, dark chrome interior knobs and door grips, and Toyota Entune with an integrated backup camera.With the Prius Persona, you have everything you need in a hybrid, all in one attractive trim.

Want to see the Prius Persona for yourself? Stop by Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia SC! We look forward to showing you what it feels like to drive a Prius!

Toyota Prius Persona

How Long Will the Prius Hybrid Battery Last?

2013 Toyota PriusWith a combined mpg of 50 miles per gallon and being the highest mileage gas-powered car in America, the Toyota Prius pretty much sells itself. It’s spacious, trendy, and super duper eco-friendly and efficient. But that doesn’t mean that people don’t have their doubts. There is one component of the Prius that makes people unsure about the purchase of this hybrid: its battery.

We can understand this concern; why buy a car for its efficiency and cost effectiveness if you are going to have to replace the battery every couple of years? Luckily with the Prius, these concerns are just a distant memory.

Toyota Hybrid Synergy DriveThe 2013 Toyota Prius is fitted with a Hybrid Synergy Drive hybrid battery that is under warranty for 8 years/ 160,000 KM (roughly 99,500 miles). That’s a longer warranty than some cars! But more than that, the Prius’ hybrid battery is designed to last as long as the car does. This gives drivers the peace of mind that not only will they have an ultra fuel efficient car, but they will have a well-made, long-lasting hybrid battery as well.

So, to summarize:

  • The Prius Battery is under warranty for  8 years/ 160,000 KM (roughly 99,500 miles)
  • However, it is designed to last the duration of the life of the car
  • It is very rare to have to replace a hybrid battery

And you may not know that the Prius’ hybrid battery charges itself while you are driving – it’s true! Every time you brake or slow down, the battery get a recharge boost so you never have to plug it in! Plus when you are driving at moderate to slow speeds, the Prius is using only battery power, no gas. No wonder this thing is so efficient!

Now that we have put all of your hybrid-related concerns to rest, stop by Dick Dyer Toyota to get your 2013 Prius! We have the original Prius, the Prius v, and the Prius c. Start saving money and gas today with the Toyota Prius!

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 Hybrids at Dick Dyer Toyota

Have gas prices got you wishing you rode a bicycle to work? Well consider that driving a car doesn’t have to equate to filling a gas tank every single week.

In comes the hybrid. Toyota is proud to offer many hybrid vehicles, five of which can be purchased at Dick Dyer Toyota.

Firstly is the Toyota Prius, arguably the most popular and efficient hybrid out there. This beauty gets an astonishing 51 mpg city / 48 mpg highway.

2012 Toyota Prius v

2012 Toyota Prius v

For those who like the look and feel of the Prius but would like more space, there is the Toyota Prius v. This model is a wagon version of the original Prius and features more interior space, versatile options for carrying cargo, and a larger trunk. Fuel economy is estimated at 44 mpg city / 40 mpg highway.

Toyota knows that bigger isn’t always better, however. That’s why they offer the all-new Prius c, which is meant for city driving. This model is smaller, lighter, and gets better city fuel economy at 53 mpg city.

The ever popular Toyota Camry and Highlander also come in hybrid variants. The Camry Hybrid achieves 40 mpg city / 38 mpg highway while the Highlander Hybrid boasts 28 mpg city and highway.

Why punish yourself at the pump? Get a Hybrid from Dick Dyer Toyota and start saving today!

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 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!