Tips for Choosing the Best and Most Fuel Efficient Toyota Vehicles

Posted Friday, Nov 03, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

When shopping for a new Toyota at your authorized Los Angeles Toyota dealership, North Hollywood Toyota, choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle can be a major decision. The demand for fuel-efficient vehicles is higher than it has ever been. However, that does not necessarily mean it is practical for everyone to have the most fuel-efficient cars available today.

Otherwise, all of our roads would be filled with sub-compact and compact vehicles, including hybrid models and electronic vehicles, and that isn’t so. Yet, all drivers, regardless of the vehicle class they prefer, want better fuel efficiencies.

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Car buyers expect their new Toyotas to go farther per fill-up or charge while still delivering the power and performance they have come to expect. So, how do you decide which Toyota vehicle is the best and most fuel-efficient vehicle to purchase? Here are several tips to help you decide which Toyota is going to fit your lifestyle and meet your needs.

Tip #1: What driving needs will the new Toyota satisfy?

Everyone drives for different reasons, and this can influence the type of fuel-efficient Toyota you will need. Do you need a fuel-efficient vehicle for a long commute to and from work? Are you looking for a car you can take family vacations in and take on road trips? Will you be using the vehicle to run errands around town and make multiple stop-and-go trips?

Keep in mind, you could easily have multiple driving needs, and that is okay. The key to this tip is to help you start thinking about how you will be driving your new Toyota from our Los Angeles Toyota dealership.

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Tip #2: Determine what vehicle class will best suit your needs.

Granted, sub-compact and compact vehicles can provide much higher fuel efficiencies than larger vehicle classes. However, these sizes of vehicle are not for everyone. For instance, you have a family of four, and your kids are active in soccer or other sports.

A compact might be a bit too tight to haul sports gear, the kids, and their friends to different events around town. Some better vehicle choices could include:

• Camry – The Camry offers more room than the Prius. The new 2018 Camry has an estimated fuel efficiency rating of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
• Avalon Hybrid – The hybrid version of the Avalon provides access to a full-sized sedan. It delivers an estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.
• Sienna – If you require a minivan, the Sienna is one of the top fuel-efficient minivans on the market today. It gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
• Highlander Hybrid – If you want a crossover, the 2018 model offers 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Tip #3: Decide what size/type of engine will meet your requirements.

The engine size and features, such as being turbo-charged, direct-fuel-injected, and so on, will play a role in determining how fuel efficient the vehicle is on the road. Typically, the general rule to follow is: The larger the engine, the less fuel efficient the vehicle.

Yet, thanks to some modern technologies and advances, this rule does not always hold. You can find 6-cylinder engines (V6) that deliver just as good as fuel efficiencies as some 4-cylinder engines on the market today. When it comes to 8-cylinder engines (V8), you may encounter some that provide comparable efficiencies as a V6.

The key thing to remember with engine size is to select them based on your cargo, hauling, and towing needs. Each of these requires more power and torque to accommodate the added weight. If you find yourself having these needs, then you will want a larger engine.

Tip #4: Consider a hybrid or electronic model.

Hybrids can help boost fuel efficiencies compared to standard models. For instance, the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts an estimated 51 mpg in the city and 53 mph on the highway. The regular 2018 Camry gets 29 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway. As you can see, moving up to a hybrid would be a good choice and save you on gas.

To illustrate, let’s assume the regular Camry averages 35 mpg and the Hybrid Camry average 52 mpg. You drive a total of 12,000 miles during the year and pay an average of $4 per gallon for gasoline.

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You would need 343 gallons of gas with the regular Camry to drive 12,000 miles, which would cost you $1,372. With the Hybrid Camry, you would only need 231 gallons of gas to drive 12,000 miles. You would end up spending $924 for fuel, resulting in a $448 savings.

With electric models, the main thing you want to consider is the accessibility of charging stations where you live. Here in Los Angeles and North Hollywood, there are plenty of charging stations, so keeping your new electronic vehicle charged is not a problem. However, if you live in a more rural area, where you can only charge the vehicle at home, you may want to look at a hybrid instead.

Tip #5: Buy a new or newer modeled Toyota.

One thing you will notice with Toyota vehicles is their fuel efficiencies continue to get better every model year. This is, in part, due to several initiatives at Toyota, like their Global Vision to eventually be manufacturing vehicles that have zero carbon emissions and are built entirely from recycled materials and components.

Another reason fuel efficiencies continue to improve is that the technologies being developed through Toyota’s Global Vision plans and projects are being applied to current vehicle lines today. This has helped make noticeable improvements that increase engine performance but require less fuel to achieve these results.

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TIP #6: COMPARE “APPLES TO APPLES” WHEN LOOKING AT VEHICLES.

You want to make sure when you are comparing fuel efficiencies that the vehicles are in the same car class. For instance, you would not want to compare a Yaris to a Prius or a Prius to a C-HR. The Yaris is a sub-compact vehicle. The Prius is a compact car. The C-HR is a crossover SUV.

While they might be similar in overall size, they are in entirely different car classes. Plus, the Prius is offered in several different hybrid trim packages, as well as an electronic fuel cell package, whereas the Yaris and C-HR are regular gasoline-powered vehicles.

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TIP #7: TEST DRIVE THE VEHICLE AT OUR TOYOTA OF NORTH HOLLYWOOD DEALERSHIP.

It is easy to compare fuel efficiencies, vehicle classes, features, options, and trim packages online. You can also shop our current new, certified-pre owned, and used vehicle inventories. However, it is never recommended to purchase a vehicle online without test driving it first.

You might love the way the Toyota looks and the fuel efficiency it provides. However, once you get behind the wheel and take it for a spin, you could discover you might not like how it handles or the amount of headroom if offers. This is quite common, so don’t feel bad if you test drive a vehicle and then change your mind.

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What normally occurs is the car buyer will consider several different Toyota vehicles that meet their needs and test drive those, too. Then they will narrow down which Toyotas they like the best, maybe take them for a second test drive, and finally pick the Toyota they want to buy.

We hope these tips will be useful while you are shopping for your next new Toyota vehicle. Please feel free to stop by your authorized Los Angeles Toyota dealership, North Hollywood Toyota, to check out the latest models, ask questions, and test drive Toyotas today! You may also contact us at (800) 800-6730 for further assistance.