Hybrid vs. Electric Cars

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If you’re looking for something that can help you get across Cleveland in a more fuel-efficient manner, then you basically have two options: hybrid cars or electric cars. Their own sets of advantages, but the best choice for you will depend on which option best fits your driving needs and goals. Compare hybrid vs. electric cars’ pros and cons with Metro Toyota to get a better idea of which option will be the best fit for you. Then, visit our dealership to explore our hybrid and electric inventory and find a Toyota hybrid or EV (electric vehicle) model that has everything you’re looking for in a fuel-conservative car.

 

 

Hybrid vs. Electric Cars: What’s the Difference?

In order to compare hybrid cars and electric cars, it’s first important to understand what the differences are between these two types of vehicles. Below, we’ll highlight the main features of what makes a hybrid car and what makes an electric car.

What Is a Hybrid Car?

A hybrid car combines a gas-powered engine with an electric motor. So, a hybrid vehicle isn’t completely reliant on electric power since its shares gas power. However, the combination of the electric motor with the gas-powered engine allows for better fuel economy on the Parma roads when compared to a traditional gas-powered vehicle. Also, pairing the gas-powered engine with the electric motor allows the electric battery to charge on its own, so you won’t have to rely on a nearby power source to keep your electric motor running.

What Is an Electric Car?

What separates an electric vehicle from a hybrid vehicle is that an electric vehicle runs solely on electric power via one or more electric motors. Because it relies solely on electric power, the battery that’s in an electric vehicle is a lot bigger than the battery that you’ll find in hybrid vehicles. Electric vehicles can be plugged into a home charging system overnight or can be charged with a public charging station.

Hybrid vs. Electric Cars: Pros & Cons

Now that you know what hybrid and electric cars are, let’s talk about the pros and cons of both options. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars vs. electric cars below:

Hybrid Vehicles

Pros:

  • Self-charging battery
  • Ability to get fuel from any Brunswick gas station
  • Usually more affordable than EVs

Cons:

  • Give off more carbon emissions than EVs
  • Still somewhat reliant on gas power

Electric Vehicles

Pros:

  • Fewer tailpipe emissions or none at all
  • Smoother ride
  • No reliance on gasoline
  • Less maintenance required
  • Potential tax credits not found with hybrid models

Cons:

  • Can only charge the battery at public charging stations or with home charging systems
  • Can take longer to charge at times compared to filling up at a gas station
  • Usually have a higher purchase price than a hybrid

Current Toyota Hybrid/EV Lineup

Once you decide whether a hybrid car or electric car is the right choice for your Brook Park travels, the next step is to decide which Toyota hybrid or EV you want. To give you an idea of what your options are, here are the models you’ll find in the current Toyota hybrid and EV lineup:

Toyota Plug-In Hybrid Models:

  • Prius Prime
  • RAV4 Prime

Toyota Hybrid Models:

  • Highlander Hybrid
  • Prius
  • Corolla Hybrid
  • Camry Hybrid
  • RAV4 Hybrid
  • Venza
  • Avalon Hybrid
  • Sienna
  • Tundra i-FORCE MAX

You’ll notice that Toyota doesn’t currently have an EV model available, but with EVs on the rise, Toyota is staying ahead of the game. The 2023 bZ4X will be the first of its kind and will be all-electric. Stay updated on this upcoming model with the finance team at Metro Toyota, and choose your hybrid or electric car from our dealership.

Choose Your Hybrid Car or Electric Car at Metro Toyota

Now that you know more about the pros and cons of hybrid and electric cars, the next step is to choose your vehicle. Contact us to take a look at our hybrid and electric inventory, so you can get an idea of which of our available models can help you drive around Strongsville longer and smarter.

 

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