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Published Date: 05/08/2014

Toyota is one of the world-leaders in efficient technologies as it constantly benefits customers with its range of frugal cars, and particularly with its hybrid range.
Why it’s cheaper to run a Toyota

In general though, the costs of running a car has been on the decrease, particularly from 2013 to this year.

Year-on-year SMMT figures have shown continuous growth and we are actually in a 27-month long period of growth, which we haven’t seen since the 1980s.

Similarly the AA has brought out reports showing that it is significantly cheaper to own and run a car this year, than it was last year.

But, what is it that’s making it so much cheaper to run a car?

There are various factors contributing to this and we have outlined a couple here for you to look at; we have also popped in a couple of our most frugal Toyota models too, just to spark your interest…

Premiums are on the way down…

Yes, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), insurance companies have been clamping down on false claims, which, has seen a decline in the amount of fraudulent insurance payments.

As such, insurance companies in general have been able to lower their premiums, which is one significant factor contributing to your Toyota’s cheaper running costs.

This is the first time in a long time that insurance cover hasn’t been on an upwards spiral and the ABI has reported on their website that people are making an average 14.1 per cent saving on their premiums.

In general, it is cheaper to run a petrol model, but owning a diesel-powered Toyota will still see you benefitting from cheaper running costs.

For example buying a petrol-powered Toyota model up to the price of £13,000 in 2013 would have incurred 16.5 per cent more running costs than buying the same model this year.

If you buy a top-tier diesel-powered Toyota this year, for example a RAV4, the model will incur 17.6 per cent less running costs than it would have in 2013. This is a monetary saving of £814 overall.

Part of Toyota’s and indeed part of any car’s running costs are taken up quite significantly by insurance, so the fact that premiums are falling, makes excellent news for drivers.

Another drop in overall running costs has come from a decrease in fuel prices and in particular diesel prices at most major supermarkets.

Frugal in-car technologies

Toyota is proud to be one of the most efficient car manufacturers on the market, particularly with regards to its CO2 emissions.

One of its features is Toyota Optimal Drive, which is an entire range of new engines, design innovations and transmissions that step-up the fuel economy and emissions of all of its models.

It includes the use of Start & Start technology, which saves fuel and emissions by switching the engine off when it is required in urban driving situations, including stopping at lights or when you’re stuck in traffic.

Toyota claims that this Stop & Start technology can actually help to boost your combined fuel economy of up to 18 per cent.

Improvements to transmissions: Toyota’s new six-speed Manual transmission is available for its Yaris, Auris and Urban Cruise models.

The six-speed manual transmission has a unique twin-shaft design, which makes changing gear easier and as it is a small fitting unit, with few components, it will see you benefitting for torque capacity as well as efficiency.

Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive

Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology combines the use of a traditional petrol engine, with the use of an electric motor.

The use of this feature depends on the speed of the car, the demand of acceleration and the reserve power of the battery.

If you need to overtake or accelerate suddenly, the car will gain power from both petrol and electric energy sources.

This is extremely intelligent technology from Toyota too, as when the car decelerates or when you brake, the battery regenerates, instead of wasting the energy that the car expels.

As the battery used in a Toyota Hybrid is regenerative, you don’t need to worry about plugging it in to charge, this not only makes a model like a Prius efficient, it is also extremely handy!

Two particularly frugal Toyotas

Toyota Prius

The most frugal Hybrid and the most frugal Toyota overall is the Prius model.

Boasting a huge combined fuel cycle of 134.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km, the model is almost unbelievably efficient.

Although the Toyota Prius is a work of genius, it has a rather friendly price tag, coming in with a starting price of £21,995.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The standard Toyota Yaris is already a frugal runner, with a fuel economy of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 111g/km but it is the Hybrid version that tips the efficiency scales.

Fitted with a 1.5-litre Hybrid Automatic unit, the Yaris Icon Plus Hybrid claims a combined fuel economy of 80.7 and CO2 emissions come in at 79g/km.

If you are a business driver, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid has a low BiK tax rate of 11 per cent and its initial starting price comes in at £16,595.

For more information on these or any of our Inchcape Toyota models, call our team of experts now.

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