2021 Toyota Hybrids

  • Overview

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    For more than 20 years, Toyota has been a leader in the auto industry when it comes to developing and selling hybrid vehicles. When you look at the lineup of 2021 Toyota hybrids, it is easy to see why, and it is clear that Toyota has no plans on leaving their successful hybrid vehicles behind. Whether you are interested in an older hybrid model or want a brand-new one, Toyota is the brand to look for with everything you need. With such a diverse and impressive array of 2021 Toyota hybrid vehicles to choose from, including numerous sedans and SUVs, there has never been a better time to find the perfect hybrid model.

    Saying that the name “Toyota” has been synonymous with hybrid vehicles is no overstatement, with the Toyota Prius being a leader in the industry. As people quickly embraced everything the Prius had to offer, it has only improved over the years with greater performance and a gorgeous design. So popular has the Prius been, in fact, that a family of Prius models has developed over the years to give drivers more options for driving hybrid models. And today, this lineup has extended to include an impressive selection of different vehicles, so you can find whatever you need.

    Of course, the legend that really started it all continues to this day, and the 2021 Toyota Prius is more impressive than ever before. With excellent performance, a gorgeous design, and a long list of features that leave all of its competitors behind, it is no wonder that so many people still choose the Prius as their definitive hybrid vehicle. While we are more than happy to brag about everything the current Prius has to offer, you can always visit us to see it for yourself. Call us today at Colonial Toyota to find out more about the Prius and other 2021 Toyota hybrid models, and then drive away in your perfect vehicle.

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  • History

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    The History of Toyota Hybrid Tech

    The history of Toyota hybrid models, which has led us to the 2021 Toyota hybrid lineup, is, in many ways, the history of the Toyota Prius. That is because even though there were a number of earlier attempts and experiments with hybrid technology in motor vehicles, the Prius is really what opened the doors for a mainstream approach. Let us take a look at where hybrid technology started, and at how Toyota has been a leader in this field.

    Early Hybrid Tech

    Before we get into the Toyota Prius specifically, it is worth mentioning that hybrid concepts are nearly as old as the automobile itself. Even going back to 1899 and the early 1900s, there were prototypes and designs for vehicles using gasoline-powered engines with electric motors and generators to provide more power for these vehicles. Later designs came about in the 1960s with the introduction of the Clean Air Act here in the US, and while some patents were filed and prototypes were worked on, nothing really came about from these concepts.

    Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles

    However, things began to shift when the US government became involved in the 1990s, particularly in 1993 with the creation of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV). The idea was to create vehicles over the course of about ten years that would offer incredible fuel efficiency, allowing domestic car manufacturers to reclaim a dominant position in the market. GM, Ford, and other manufacturers were all working on hybrid models using diesel engines that would offer unprecedented fuel economy.

    Wanting to be a part of this new wave of vehicles, Toyota attempted to join the PNGV, but they were blocked because it was meant to provide domestic manufactures with an advantage over imports. Unfazed by this, Toyota decided to focus its efforts on a hybrid model to compete with whatever the PNGV might produce. This resulted in their idea of a…

    Global Car for the 21st Century

    The G21, or “Global Car for the 21st Century,” was Toyota’s project to develop a hybrid vehicle. Building on earlier research and ideas from other engineers, Toyota’s designers developed what would ultimately become the Prius concept vehicle, which they unveiled at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. Although initial interest in the hybrid car was somewhat limited, they wasted no time in delivering their bold new vision for fuel economy.

    First Generation Toyota Prius

    The first-generation Prius models became available in Japan in 1997, making them the first commercially available hybrid vehicles in the world. These early models had a 57 hp gas engine combined with a 40 hp electric motor, averaged about 35 MPG, and could go from 0 to 60 in around 14 seconds. While certainly not mind-blowing in terms of power, the Prius demonstrated that hybrid vehicles were commercially viable.

    While the Prius was the first commercially available hybrid in the world, it was beaten to the US by less than a year by the Honda Insight. Nevertheless, the Prius became available here in 2000 and was immediately sought after by celebrities and those looking for impressive fuel economy ratings. It was still a first-generation model but had been improved with a 70 hp engine and a 44 hp electric motor––allowing it to go from 0 to 60 in 13 seconds while maintaining a 35 MPG fuel economy.

    Second-Generation Improvements

    A 2004 model launched the second generation for the Toyota Prius, with numerous upgrades and improvements, including a shift from a standard sedan to a hatchback design. During this time, Toyota also began using the phrase “mild hybrid” to refer to other vehicles that could not be used with only the electric motor. This was done to separate their vehicles with a full hybrid system from others like the Honda Insight at the time, which could not run without using the gas engine.

    A third-generation kicked off for the Prius for 2010 with numerous external improvements and a more refined hybrid engine than ever before. Advanced interior features also became more prevalent, with impressive luxury and technology in higher trims. During this time, however, many customers wondered why they could not simply charge the electric motor for use without the need for gas to get around the neighborhood.

    Developing a Plug-In Hybrid

    In response to this, Toyota developed a Plug-In Hybrid model of the Prius, released for 2012 after a couple years of testing it as a lease-only model for commercial fleets. It featured an improved battery pack compared to the standard Prius, with the ability to plug it in and charge the motor, gaining up to 15 miles of electric-only range on a charge, with speeds over 60 mph. This middle-ground between a standard hybrid and electric-vehicle design became quite popular and helped pave the way for increasing demand for EV models.

    The Prius Family

    Along with the standard Prius and plug-in hybrid versions, additional models were soon released to join the Prius family. The Prius V offered a larger option, with a longer wheelbase and significantly more interior cargo space, making it a great option before hybrid SUVs became popular. On the other side of things, the Prius C became available for 2012, with a smaller overall size and lower price tag, making it a great option for anyone really focused on fuel economy and without the need for extra interior space.

    With the popularity of these Prius models, Toyota has also been quick to provide a number of other excellent hybrid models in their lineup. The RAV4 Hybrid became an impressive success, along with hybrid versions of some of their other SUVs and sedans. Today, you have more options for a Toyota hybrid than ever before, allowing you to find the vehicle that perfectly meets your needs.

  • 2021 Prius

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    The 2021 Toyota Prius is better than ever before, with a number of excellent features that allow you to really enjoy everything it has to offer. There are quite a few different trims and models to choose from, but no matter which one you pick, you are going to end up with a fantastic vehicle. Just keep your various options in mind when looking at various models, so you have a sense of what to expect in each one.


    Powering the 2021 Toyota Prius is a 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC engine that delivers 96 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. Of course, this is a hybrid, so it also features a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor that provides 120 lb-ft of torque, and they offer a combined 121 hp that makes it incredibly fun to drive. The modern Prius features front-wheel drive, with available all-wheel drive that includes a magnetless rear motor for boosted performance, while an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission is found on all models.

    In terms of fuel economy, the Prius continues its reputation for incredible efficiency so you can stay on the road longer and skip the fuel pump more often. Front-wheel drive models can get an estimated 58 MPG in the city, 53 MPG on the highway, and 56 MPG combined. If you are interested in an all-wheel drive Prius, then efficiency goes down slightly, giving you an estimated 51 MPG in the city, 47 MPG on the highway, and 49 MPG combined.

    Interior Tech

    Impressive hybrid performance is only the beginning with the 2021 Toyota Prius, as the technology available inside is also quite noteworthy. For example, there are numerous USB ports available inside the Prius for charging devices, along with an available Qi-compatible wireless charging pad. An available head-up display with color visuals uses aircraft-inspired technology to project information onto the windshield, which lets you keep track of driving information and navigation directions while keeping your eyes on the road.

    In terms of entertainment, the available 11-inch Multimedia display is gorgeous and makes it easy to access music and other entertainment thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The available 10-speaker JBL sound system is stunning and really surrounds you with music or other audio to make your drive as enjoyable as possible. And with support for Amazon Alexa, you can connect your Prius to the rest of your life, making it easy to play your favorite music, check the weather, and even control your smart devices at home from the road.

    Safety Features

    The 2021 Toyota Prius is also one of the safest vehicles on the road, thanks in part to the fact that every model includes the impressive Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package of features. Even the Prius's starting trim has great safety technology such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, a lane departure alert, and steering assist. You also get lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

    Available safety features take things even further, including an intelligent clearance sonar system with intelligent parking assist and a blind spot monitor with a rear cross-traffic alert. A rear backup camera is standard, as you would expect, as is a hill start assist function and numerous airbags throughout the interior to help protect you in case of a collision. Altogether, the modern Prius has certainly earned its high reputation for safety and maintains its place as one of our favorite cars on the road.

  • Sedans

    A white and a silver 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid are driving on a city street at night.

    A hybrid sedan is one of the most practical and cost-effective ways to have a vehicle for your own enjoyment and for a family. While it might not provide the size and functionality of an SUV, the boosted fuel economy and comfortable seating of a sedan is a fantastic choice for a lot of people. Fortunately, there are three different models for you to choose from in the 2021 Toyota hybrid lineup, which lets you get exactly what you need in your vehicle. Picking the right one comes down to identifying what you want and then getting the car that is perfect for you.

    The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

    If you are interested in a Toyota hybrid sedan, but you have never driven or owned one before and feel a bit uncertain, then the Corolla is a great place to start. This is the least expensive of the three sedans available, starting at an MSRP of $23,500, while also giving you the best fuel economy in the lineup. Such a potent combination really goes easy on your wallet, giving you exceptional performance and an amazing driving experience without breaking the bank.

    Speaking of performance, the Corolla Hybrid features a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that provides 121 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque, along with an electric motor that gives you improved power and unmatched fuel economy. The Corolla Hybrid has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission for a smooth driving experience, front-wheel drive, and an independent MacPherson strut front suspension that is a joy on the road. You get an estimated 53 MPG in the city, 52 MPG on the highway, and 52 MPG combined with the Corolla Hybrid, which will keep you away from the gas pump for a long time.

    Inside the Corolla Hybrid, you will find a gorgeous, soft-touch interior that drapes luxury around you while letting you enjoy the road. These available materials really let you feel the comfort of the Corolla, while available piano-black accents make the interior even more striking and visually impressive. The 8-inch infotainment display looks fantastic, with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily connect your devices to your vehicle. The Smart Key system makes it simple to get into your vehicle and start the engine without removing the key from your pocket, while a 7-inch digital instrument cluster provides you with the information you need while driving with gorgeous clarity and full color.

    The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is also one of the safest cars on the road, thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package that comes standard on every model. This includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and a lane departure alert with steering assist. Other safety features like a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert are also available, plus every model comes with ten airbags.

    The 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    If you are looking for a hybrid sedan that gives you more freedom to choose the features you want, including higher trim levels available, then the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a fantastic option. While the Corolla has only a single hybrid trim available, there are four different trims of the Camry Hybrid that you can choose from. Starting at an MSRP of about $27,000, the Camry Hybrid really gives you the freedom to get everything you need, including some of the finest luxury options we have ever seen.

    No matter which trim of the Camry Hybrid you choose, you get an impressive 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that offers 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, with an electric motor that pushes that up to a combined 208 hp for your driving pleasure. Much like the Corolla, the Camry Hybrid has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission for a smooth ride and front-wheel drive. The starting trim of the Camry Hybrid gets an estimated 51 MPG in the city, 53 MPG on the highway, and 52 MPG combined; higher trims with more features, however, lower that a bit to 44 MPG in the city, 47 MPG on the highway, and 46 MPG combined.

    As we said earlier, one of the great things about the Camry Hybrid is that there are numerous trims for you to choose from, gaining access to some luxurious and truly impressive features. For example, the available 9-inch Infotainment display is stunning, with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Amazon Alexa compatibility that really lets you simplify your lifestyle. While a 6-speaker sound system is standard, the available 9-speaker JBL sound system is truly incredible and offers deep, rich audio for you to enjoy.

    The 2021 Camry Hybrid has the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 package standard on every model, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, a lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, and more. A blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is available. An advanced airbag system with ten airbags is standard. You can also get an available bird’s eye view camera system to give you a better sense of your surroundings while parking and maneuvering in tight spots.

    The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

    The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is the sedan for drivers that want a truly luxurious and stunning driving experience while enjoying incredible fuel economy. This is the most expensive of the three hybrid sedans available, but that price tag comes with fantastic features that you will not find anywhere else. This is also a full-size model, so you get an incredibly comfortable and spacious interior with the Avalon Hybrid, which starts at an MSRP of just $37,000.

    Much like the Camry Hybrid, the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a few different trims for you to choose from, so you can customize it to get everything you need. No matter which model you choose, you get a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, with a 118 hp electric motor that gives you a combined 215 hp to enjoy. The standard trim gives you an estimated 43 MPG in the city, 44 MPG on the highway, and 44 MPGmpg combined.

    Inside the 2021 Avalon Hybrid, you will find one of the most luxurious vehicles on the road, featuring available Cognac leather interior seating and details, along with ambient lighting in the Limited Hybrid trim that is warm and inviting. Available heated and ventilated front seats are incredibly comfortable, while other refined details like real wood trim features and gorgeously stitched patterns on the seats for the Limited Hybrid trim are truly stunning.

    A 9-inch touchscreen infotainment display is standard on every model, with an 8-speaker sound system standard on most trims. An available 14-speaker JBL sound system takes audio even further, however, and surrounds you with truly stunning sound quality. The Avalon Hybrid supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with smartwatch support that makes it easy to use touch or voice commands to locate your vehicle, lock or unlock your doors, and even start your car.

    Standard safety features on the Avalon Hybrid are everything you would expect, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and a lane departure alert with steering assist. Full LED headlights with available adaptive cornering lights and an available bird’s eye view camera take safety even further.

    It should also be mentioned that the Avalon gives you the most interior space of any of the hybrids, with nearly 104 cu.ft. of passenger volume and more than 16 cu.ft. of cargo space. The Camry Hybrid gives you just under 100 cu.ft. of passenger volume and about 15 cu.ft. of cargo space. While the Corolla Hybrid offers about 88 cu.ft. of space for passengers and around 13 cu.ft. of cargo volume.

  • SUVs

    A white 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is driving on a highway.

    A hybrid SUV gives you the functionality and spaciousness of a standard SUV, but with superior fuel economy, something that can be a weakness for a lot of standard models. Toyota offers several different hybrid SUVs for you to choose from among their 2021 lineup, which gives you the freedom to get the features and size you really want.

    The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular SUVs, and with the hybrid model, you gain incredible fuel economy with remarkable functionality. Of the SUV models in the 2021 Toyota hybrid lineup, the RAV4 Hybrid starts at the lowest MSRP: about $28,000, which makes it a great option if you are shopping on a budget. The remarkable fuel efficiency it has to offer will keep saving you money as it stays away from the gas pump longer than other SUVs.

    While there are five different trims you can choose for the RAV4 Hybrid, they all come with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 176 hp, which comes with an electric motor that pushes that up to a combined 219 hp. You get an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, along with electronic on-demand all-wheel drive standard on every model. Despite the added luxury and features you can get with higher trims, they all have the same impressive fuel economy: an estimated 41 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Technology on the RAV4 Hybrid is quite impressive, including dual-zone climate control, available ventilated and heated front seats, and an available digital rearview mirror. You get numerous USB ports inside this gorgeous SUV, along with an available Qi-compatible wireless charging pad, an available Smart Key with push-button start, and an available 7-inch color multi-information driver display. An available 8-inch infotainment display and 11-speaker JBL sound system take things further for an immersive audio experience.

    If you want even more flexibility in your fuel economy, then check out the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid model. With the Prime, you get an estimated 40 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highway, and 38 MPG combined when in hybrid mode. As a plug-in model, the Prime can drive in electric-only mode with a range of up to 42 miles. The RAV4 Prime’s powerful 302 hp engine can go from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds and makes for an exhilarating driving experience that you truly have to feel to fully appreciate.

    The 2021 Toyota Venza

    If you are interested in a stylish and elegant driving experience, then take a good look at the 2021 Toyota Venza, a hybrid SUV with a sophisticated focus. You have three different trims to choose from with the Venza, and each one builds upon the impressive features of the one before it. This model starts at a slightly higher price than the RAV4 Hybrid, starting at around $32,000 MSRP, which is worth noting when considering your options. As you see, the features both standard and available in the Venza; however, the reason for this price becomes clear.

    The 2021 Venza features a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine along with an electric motor that provides a combined 219 hp that makes the Venza incredibly fun to drive. That is, essentially, the same degree of power you get in the RAV4 Hybrid, but the Venza is a slightly smaller model, so the power really lets it zip along on the road. Much like the RAV4 Hybrid, the Venza also features an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission and electronic on-demand all-wheel drive. No matter which trim of the Venza you choose, you get an estimated 40 MPG in the city, 37 MPG on the highway, and 39 MPG combined.

    Luxury and sophistication inside the Venza are truly remarkable, starting with an available 12-inch infotainment display that is gorgeous, plus an available 7-inch color multi-information driver display and an available 10-inch color head-up display. With all of these features combined, it has never been easier to keep track of important information while driving. An available digital rearview mirror, a hands-free power liftgate, and fixed panoramic roof that can switch from opaque to transparent at the push of a button take things even further. And with an available 9-speaker JBL Clari-Fi sound system, there is nothing else on the road quite like the stunning and sophisticated 2021 Toyota Venza.

    The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

    If you are interested in a hybrid SUV and want something a bit larger, then the Highlander Hybrid is a fantastic choice. This is the biggest option in the 2021 Toyota hybrid lineup and starts at an MSRP of about $38,000 due to its impressive size and functionality. With four different trim levels and seating for up to 8 passengers, you can find a Highlander Hybrid that is perfect for you.

    The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid features a 2.5L engine with an electronic motor, which delivers a combined 243 hp that makes driving a true joy. It features an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system, and is built with a reinforced unibody design that ensures it is strong and secure on the road. With this model, you get an estimated 35 MPG in the city, on the highway, and combined; though the Limited trim gets an estimated 34 MPG on the highway instead.

    Inside the 2021 Highlander Hybrid, you will find amazing features like an available 12-inch infotainment display with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. There is an available Qi-compatible wireless charging pad for the center console, panoramic moonroof, and heated and ventilated front seats. The available 11-speaker JBL Clari-Fi sound system is truly stunning and offers an experience unlike any other, while an available digital rearview mirror provides you with incredible rear visibility.

    As we said, the Highlander Hybrid is the largest of the Toyota hybrid models, offering you up to 141 cu.ft. of passenger room and up to 84.3 cu.ft. of cargo volume behind the front seats. By comparison, the 2021 RAV4 Hybrid offers less than 99 cu.ft. of total passenger space and about 70 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the front row, while the Venza gives you about 98 cu.ft. of passenger area and 55.1 cu.ft. of total cargo volume.

  • Minivans

    A red 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is parked on a city street at night.

    While sedans and SUVs are great options for a lot of drivers, the full spaciousness and functionality of a minivan still cannot be beat. A hybrid minivan lets you take advantage of the large, open interior of a minivan while enjoying fuel economy that was previously unthinkable with this kind of model. Toyota offers a single hybrid minivan for you to choose from, though you have numerous trims available so you can customize it to have everything you need.

    The 2021 Toyota Sienna

    If you are interested in a hybrid minivan, then the Toyota Sienna is definitely the way to go. You have five different trims to choose from, so you can find a model with everything you need. One of our favorite features of the Sienna is that it is designed for an after-market conversion that makes it wheelchair-accessible, ensuring a safe and comfortable ride for everyone.

    You get a 2.5L engine in the Sienna with an electric motor that delivers a combined 245 hp for a terrific driving experience. It has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission; front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive is standard on some higher trims. This can slightly impact fuel economy: the standard model gets an estimated 36 MPG, while higher trims with AWD get an estimated 35 MPG instead.

    The Sienna offers comfortable seating for up to 8 passengers, though higher trims lose one seat in favor of greater sophistication. Available captain’s chairs are not only incredibly comfortable but include lounge functionality with an ottoman to provide incredible comfort. Available hands-free doors and rear liftgate make getting into or loading up the Sienna incredibly easy. The available four-zone climate control ensures everyone inside stays comfortable, while an available 9-inch Infotainment display and premium JBL audio system remind you that the Sienna is far beyond the minivans of the 1970s––in terms of fuel economy, luxury, and technology.

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