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There is a Toyota HEV for everybody

From the first-time hybrid owner to the top-ranking executives

Whatever you do, there's a Toyota HEV for you. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Life is a ride that ebbs and flows, with crests and troughs, as time passes. Each one of us strives to forge his or her own path, hopefully with growth and a deep sense of accomplishment to show for it on the other side.

But wherever you are in this journey called life, you can be sure that there’s a Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicle to help you through.

The Yaris Cross is a small car that's big on practicality. PHOTOS BY HANS BOSSHARD

For those just starting out, electrified mobility need not intimidate your wallet with the Yaris Cross 1.5 S HEV.

At P1,598,000, it’s the most affordable hybrid electric vehicle in the Toyota stable. This compact yet versatile crossover provides unparalleled efficiency that makes sure you don’t burn your allowance just on fuel.

The Corolla Altis GR-S HEV is one example of sensible sportiness. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

If, perchance, a sleek sedan with a splash of sporting pedigree is more up your alley, then look no further than the Corolla Altis 1.8 GR-S HEV. Offering sophistication and refinement in spades, the Altis is the obvious choice for the discerning yuppie.

The black-and-white color scheme, the sporty 18-inch wheels, and the clear taillights are exclusive to the Corolla Cross GR-S. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Maybe everything the Altis GR-S offers sounds great, but if you require just a bit more ground clearance to negotiate the city’s terrain without worry, then the Altis’s slightly taller twin, the Corolla Cross GR-S HEV, is what you seek. Standing at 161mm off the tarmac, the Corolla Cross is perfect for navigating the urban jungle.

Family life made easy by the Zenix. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Now, those further along in life will know that children come with a lot of bags. And strollers. And car seats. At this point, a functional, no-frills family hauler that is good on gas is required for the countless trips to school, Kumon, taekwando practice, and music class.

The Zenix Q HEV ticks all the boxes here with six seats, tons of space for luggage, and a hybrid drivetrain.

Get off the beaten path in comfort and style with the RAV4. PHOTOS BY HANS BOSSHARD

After the weekday grind, the family can take the RAV4 HEV out for a weekend of R&R.

With its ruggedly handsome looks, 176mm of ground clearance, and cavernous size, this go-anywhere crossover SUV is ready to haul car-camping gear, carry bike racks, and even tow a jet ski with its trailer sway control ABS.

Understated luxury is the name of the game for the Camry. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Leaders of industry who like to fly under the radar will appreciate the Camry HEV’s inconspicuous charm all while basking in its luxurious amenities.

There may only be one Camry variant left, but it now comes packed with all the accoutrements previously reserved solely for the top-spec model. Reclining rear seats, sun shades, oodles of rear legroom, and a dedicated rear climate control panel make for a truly luxurious ride.

The Alphard's thirsty 3.5-liter V6 has now been swapped out for a greener 2.5-liter with a self-charging hybrid electric system. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

If the boss wants more space and slightly more presence as he or she is chauffeured into the office drop-off, the new Alphard HEV with its minivan form factor offers more space and panache while being just as frugal.

Two power-operated ottoman captain’s chairs are mounted in the second row, and even have a massage function to soothe you on the road.

Hard to believe that this fuel-efficiency reading was achieved in the real world. But it was. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

What’s more, all of Toyota’s HEVs are fully loaded with the latest technologies on the market today. Every vehicle mentioned here comes standard with passive and active safety features, phone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital gauge clusters, and many more.

Undoubtedly, the best part is that, with Toyota’s hybrid electric technology, 20km/L readouts on the dash are no longer just the scarcely believable feats of hypermiling heroes. It’s a reality you, too, can experience every day.

A Toyota HEV for everyone

This article was produced in partnership with Toyota Motor Philippines.


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