Toyota’s best hybrid cars of 2022, ranked

2021 Toyota Avalon XSE hybrid

There’s no denying it, the electric revolution is underway. Manufacturers from all segments of the automotive world are scaling back and canceling their combustion engine models. From luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce and Jaguar to more mainstream manufacturers like Ford, who just announced production of the Fiesta econobox would stop making an electric replacement. The trend is clear and we all need to prepare for the reality that driving will be a different experience in the next decade.

However, for many of us, the thought of jumping into possession of an EV first is a scary prospect. The hybrid powertrain helps ease the transition. Combining many of the benefits of both a traditional combustion engine and an electric motor, hybrid vehicles have a lot to offer. Toyota is a brand that knows a thing or two about hybrids, launching the first mass-produced hybrid in 1997. Technology has evolved significantly since then, as has Toyota’s hybrid lineup. Now is a good time to look at the best hybrids the brand produces today.

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8/8 Sienna

The boxy Toyota Sienna has a traditional minivan design, and this is not a bad thing. For those buyers not interested in an SUV, cars like the Sienna are a perfect fit. With up to 8 passengers and 75.2 cubic feet of cargo with the third row folded, it’s seriously practical.

For its size, the Sienna delivers great fuel economy, delivering 36 MPG in both city and highway driving. The range starts at $35,285 for the base “LE” model, those who desire a premium model can opt for the top-of-the-line “Platinum” model, which costs a significantly more expensive $50,725.

7/8 venza

The stylish Venza fulfills Toyota’s mid-sized crossover offering. The car is a great option for families, and the range starts at an accessible $33,240. Under the cleanly styled body, the car bears a lot of resemblance to the Toyota Rav 4. Form has taken precedence over function, however, and the Venza is in many ways less practical than the Rav 4.

A big selling point compared to many rival crossovers is the Venza’s efficient hybrid powertrain. Equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and three electric motors, the car produces a decent 219 horsepower, while delivering 40 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway.

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6/8 corolla

The compact Toyota Corolla is widely recognized as one of the world’s best-selling cars. This achievement did not come about by chance, the Corolla has a lot to offer to many types of buyers. The car represents exceptional value for money, with a range starting at just $24,050. The upcoming 2023 model is still cheaper, starting with a starting price of $22,800.

The car delivers excellent fuel economy, with 53 MPG in the city and 52 MPG on the highway.

The Corolla hybrid is generously equipped, with an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa all included as standard.

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5/8 Highlander

With a starting price of $39,555, the mid-sized Toyota Highlander is a great all-rounder. The car seats 7 passengers and can swallow an impressive 48.4 cubic feet of cargo with the third row folded. High-quality materials have been used in the cabin and the car is quite luxurious, especially on the higher specification models.

The Highlander also excels in efficiency, delivering 36 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. Powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the car delivers a respectable 243 horsepower.

4/8 Avalon

The spacious and premium Toyota Avalon is one of the most luxurious hybrids on the market. All versions of the car are extremely well equipped and you might think you were actually in a Lexus.

The range starts with the “XLE”, which pulls in a retail price of $37,850. The highest-spec model on offer is the $44,150 “Limited,” which comes with desirable features like a 14-speaker JBL audio system and a power slide “moonroof.” The Avalon returns 43 MPG city and 44 MPG highway, meaning it’s very efficient for a vehicle in its class.

3/8 Camry

The Toyota Camry is a sedan that has it all. With a retail price of just $27,980, it’s a tough proposition to match. The car is generously equipped and despite being a mid-range offering it still has a roomy cabin and a decent 15.1 cubic feet of luggage space. The rear seats are even more practical and can be folded down in a 60/40 configuration, making it easy to load larger items.

Fitted with a 2.5 liter hybrid 4-cylinder, the car delivers a decent 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway.

2/8 Prius

When launched in 1997, the original Toyota Prius was ridiculed by many gearboxes and viewed as a terrible car. The styling was a big part of the problem, with the neutral and borderline offensive design detracting from the revolutionary hybrid powertrain. As the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger car, every model on this list owes its existence to the Prius.

Thankfully the Prius has improved over the years and the current generation car is a much sharper looking vehicle, especially in “Nightshade Edition”. The powertrain is also better than ever, with up to 58 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway possible from its 1.8-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor.

1/8 RAV4

The $29,575, Toyota RAV4 is one of the best hybrid crossovers on the market. Powered by a 219 horsepower hybrid powertrain, the RAV4 delivers an impressive EPA-rated city of 51 MPG and highway of 53 MPG.

As standard, the car is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay facilitate easy smartphone integration, and Toyota’s built-in voice control system lets you change many settings without taking your hands off the wheel. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 offers a suite of safety enhancing features, making it an excellent choice for those who put safety first. The RAV4 has even been awarded an IIHS top safety choice for 2022. The car is equipped with electronic on-demand four-wheel drive and has a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, meaning it can handle the rough stuff too.