How does a hybrid compare with petrol and diesel cars on mileage?
As the hybrid car increases speed, it automatically switches from its electric motor to use its conventional petrol engine. However, even when taking slow speed usage out of the equation, hybrid mpg is still very low. You can see how the different types of power train within the Toyota range compare at the bottom of the page.
Toyota Hybrids allow you to choose an economy mode for better mileage or switch to power mode for increased acceleration.
When are hybrid cars most efficient?
Are hybrid cars good for city driving?
Power steering takes energy from the engine via belts in some conventional cars. Having this powered electrically means the engine doesn’t need to be running to steer easily. The same applies for the air-conditioning compressor, which is generally also electric and separate from the engine in hybrid cars.
Hybrid cars take aerodynamics into consideration as wind resistance is a big deal, especially when it comes to higher speeds. They also use smaller lighter engines and materials like magnesium and aluminium as it takes less fuel to move less weight. Narrower more pressurised tyres are sometimes also used as they have less rolling resistance.