How to Optimize the Gas Mileage of Your Toyota Hybrid


If you’ve got a hybrid vehicle, you’re probably already concerned about fuel economy. Even with a hybrid system, you can certainly drive in a manner that lowers your MPG. At Steve Landers Toyota, we’re here to help you out. Here are some tips to make your hybrid system work for you to boost your MPG and save a little money on fuel. 


Pay Attention to Your Driving Mode 


Most Toyota hybrids offer several different drive modes for different driving experiences. The RAV4 Hybrid offers ECO, normal and sport driving modes. 


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ECO Driving Mode

The ECO driving mode is optimized for city driving when drivers are likely to start and stop frequently. During ECO mode, the climate control system is modulated and the engine throttle response is turned down for increased MPG. Keep in mind that your vehicle may feel less responsive during ECO mode, especially if you’re climbing a hill or trying to accelerate quickly while merging into oncoming traffic. 


Sport Driving Mode

For situations when you need a little more oomph, the Sport level could come in handy. While it will increase your acceleration, it will reduce your fuel efficiency levels. We recommend using this mode sparingly if you are concerned with optimizing your MPG. 


EV Driving Mode

The 2020 Prius Prime offers EV mode in which the vehicle is powered entirely by battery power. The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 25 miles. The Prius Prime has an EPA estimated combined MPG of 54 on the hybrid system alone. When fully charged, it can get the equivalent of up to 133 MPG. 


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Be Mindful of Your Driving Style

Toyota hybrids cut off the flow of gasoline to the engine and use the forward momentum of the car to generate electric power and send it to the battery when you take your foot off the accelerator and coast. Coasting and braking charge the battery, thus increasing your fuel efficiency. On the other hand, accelerating quickly can burn fuel, so if there’s no hurry, try accelerating slower at a green light or when you’re passing through a stop sign. As the tortoise said, “slow and steady wins the race.” At least in regards to fuel efficiency, the tortoise is right. 


Other Tips to Increase MPG

When driving on the highway, utilize cruise control and stay in the slow lane. Your gas mileage greatly decreases once you go above 70 miles per hour, so go a bit slower if you can. Make sure to keep optimal pressure in all your tires, keep your cargo weight low and limit your use of heating and cooling. 


At Steve Landers Toyota, we’re proud to work with a manufacturer that’s a leader in hybrid and electric vehicle technology. If you’re interested in looking at some of the hybrid Toyotas we have in stock, check out our inventory or drop by our store on Colonel Glenn. We’d be happy to show you around and join you for a test drive to experience the Toyota hybrid experience for yourself! 


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