6 ways a hybrid car can save you money in Toronto

Dec 1 2020, 2:00 pm

If Toronto’s sky-high housing costs weren’t a tough enough pill to swallow each and every month, the fluctuating gas prices across the county add insult to injury, with your wallet taking the blow.

Now more than ever, Canadians are looking to save on gas, especially in cities like Toronto.

One way you can save on that pesky gas tab is by opting for a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle, like the all-new 2021 Venza from Toyota’s lineup. Toyota was the first to bring the hybrid vehicle to the masses back in 1997 with the launch of the Prius in Japan, and now offers more hybrid options than any other car manufacturer.

The obvious fact is that hybrid vehicles feature an electric motor that works in combination with the gas engine to help reduce gas consumption, but — for those still skeptical — here is a breakdown of why hybrid vehicles can help you save on gas in Toronto.

Savings begin at start up

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During start up, hybrid vehicles use their electric motor to help cut down on gas consumption. So, if the prospect of venturing into often maddening Toronto traffic has you on edge, you can at least take comfort in the fact that the daily grind starts and ends with savings (hey, it’s something).

The motors are a match made in gas-saving heaven

The gas engine and the electric motor have a solid relationship (especially in the fuel and cash-saving departments), as they work together to ensure a perfect mix of both power sources for smooth and seamless acceleration. The result is an optimal output from motors to achieve the desired speed, thanks to the electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) technology.

Size matters in fuel saving

Because hybrid vehicles store power in batteries, they have smaller, efficient four-cylinder engines without compromising the power and performance of the car. The Toyota Venza combines a 2.5 litre dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) four-cylinder engine with three electric motors to deliver 219 horsepower, which uses less fuel, meaning fewer dollars dropped on gas.

There’s no wasting fuel when stopped in traffic

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This one is especially convenient in the stop-and-go traffic that characterizes Toronto on pretty much any given day. When a hybrid vehicle is idling at a red light or in traffic, the gas engine automatically turns off to avoid wasting fuel — and, subsequently, those precious dollars — unnecessarily.

Braking saves dollars

Rather than always relying on a charging station, hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Venza use a regenerative braking system that captures energy traditionally lost in the braking process, and use it to power the car during acceleration. This regenerative braking feature is one of the main fuel-saving elements of a hybrid. The more stopping you do, the more electricity the car can use to make the journey.

The Toyota Venza’s on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system sends the torque weight to the vehicle’s front wheels when not needed, further enhancing fuel efficiency as a result.

Staying on top of it is simple

Popular Toyota hybrids like the 2021 Toyota Prius and the new 2021 Toyota Venza feature an Eco Drive Monitor that shows you when you’re using gas or electric engine, making it easier to stay on top of your fuel consumption and save your money. These models also have an EV mode that allows the vehicles to run exclusively on the electric motor for short distances.

Visit a toyota.ca to check out Toyota’s full range of electric cars and SUVs to buy or lease, from the 2021 Venza and the Highlander Hybrid, to the Corolla Hybrid and the 2021 Prius.

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