What Is a Hybrid Car?

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Driving Off-Road


If you’re looking to leave your traditional gas-powered car behind and maximize your fuel efficiency on the Cleveland roads, you’ve come to the right place! At Metro Toyota, we offer a wide variety of powerful Toyota hybrid vehicles, including the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, and the crowd-favorite Toyota Prius. If you’ve never driven a hybrid before, you might be wondering exactly what sets it apart from the traditional gasoline-powered vehicle you’ve been driving.



Metro Toyota is here to answer all your questions in the guide below! In addition to the hybrid car definition, we’ve got all the details on the three varieties of hybrid powertrain (parallel, series, and hybrid) as well as their unique advantages. Check it out, then head to our inventory to see what we currently have on offer.

The Three Types of Hybrid Cars

The basic hybrid car definition states that a hybrid powertrain draws power from both gasoline and electricity. Rather than a traditional gas-powered car, which only has an internal combustion engine, a hybrid has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The engine and motor work together to provide power for the vehicle. As we discussed above, there are three types of hybrid cars: parallel, series, and plug-in. Let’s look at each powertrain more closely:

Parallel Hybrid

Most hybrids today are parallel hybrids. In a parallel hybrid powertrain, the electric motor and gasoline engine simultaneously power the vehicle. They’re both connected to the transmission and blend their power sources together to propel the vehicle forward.

Series Hybrid

Series hybrid vehicles are less common but can still frequently be found on the Parma roads. In a series hybrid, the gasoline engine provides power to the electric motor, which in turn provides power to the vehicle. They don’t provide simultaneous power as with a parallel hybrid; the gasoline engine is more like a form of backup power.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids are becoming more popular on the road as a sort of middle ground between a traditional hybrid and a full EV. Plug-in hybrids have larger and more powerful battery packs than parallel or series hybrids and as such can provide much more electric power to the vehicle. In fact, most plug-in hybrids can go an impressive distance without ever using a drop of gasoline! However, because the battery is larger, it can’t recharge itself as with a parallel or series hybrid, hence the name. You’ll need to plug the vehicle in to recharge the battery the way you would with a full EV.

Find Your Next Hybrid or EV at Metro Toyota!

Now that we’ve had a chance to discuss the hybrid car definition on paper, you might want to see how one handles on the Brunswick roads! Just contact our office or stop by our dealership to set up a test drive, and we’ll get you behind the wheel in no time. You can also contact us with any questions, and a member of our team will be happy to help you. For more information on the current lineup of Toyota hybrid vehicles, be sure to check out our blog post!


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