Frequently Asked Questions

Hybrid vehicles in a nutshell

Like a lot of hybrid vehicle myths, the idea that it’s much more expensive to maintain a Toyota hybrid than a conventional gas-fuelled vehicle simply isn’t true. The engine of a hybrid doesn’t run all of the time, which reduces wear and tear; the brakes are regenerative, which extends the life of brake pads and discs; there’s no transmission fluid under pressure; and there are no starters, alternators or belts to be replaced. All of these factors result in reduced maintenance.

Like all Toyotas, our hybrid vehicles have outstanding reliability records. For more than a decade, taxi fleets in Vancouver and Winnipeg have been using hybrids. Some of these taxis have logged more than 1,000,000 kilometres on the odometer while enjoying dramatically reduced fuel consumption and low operating costs.

Did you know that 99% of Toyota hybrid vehicles sold since the year 2000 have never had their original battery replaced? That’s because Toyota hybrid batteries are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. They’re also backed by an 8-year, 160,000 km warranty.

The latest diesel vehicles emit nearly three times the amount of smog-forming emissions than Toyota hybrids. By contrast, Toyota hybrids are among the cleanest vehicles on the road and are well ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.