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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid for Sale near Plainfield, IL

Waste Not, Want Not


Hybrids get a lot of hype – for good reason. The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid for sale near Plainfield, IL, is a great example of efficiency done right. Toyota’s been producing hybrid vehicles since 1997 and has sold more than seven million units. Despite their growing popularity, drivers still find the inner-workings of these vehicles a bit mysterious, so we at Thomas Toyota of Joliet have put together this informational article to strip away some of the confusion.

Toyotas like the Hybrid Avalon use Hybrid Synergy Drive®, which is comprised of six primary components: a fuel engine, an electric motor, an electric generator, a power control unit, and a power split device with a special gearbox for smooth distribution of power. Though there are many ways that hybrid vehicles can work, but Hybrid Synergy Drive® is particularly efficient thanks to its ability to switch between electric and conventional power to adapt to the multiple driving conditions a typical driver may encounter. All of this innovative technology comes together to provide a fuel-sipping vehicle that’s efficiency clocks in at 40/39 MPG city/highway1.

How does the electric motor get charged? It’s actually quite ingenious and doesn’t involve plugging anything into an outlet. The 2016 Toyota Avalon for sale near Plainfield, IL, really is synergistic: while the engine runs, it charges the battery using the generator. It conserves this power for electric engine usage in slow-moving traffic and subsequently automatically kicks off the fuel engine, leaving your time idling on the I-80 emission free. This function reduces the amount of fuel the Avalon Hybrid needs, which is a great perk for your wallet. So, not only is the Avalon efficient, it’s got the brains to back it up. 


Because Toyota likes to leave no well untapped, regenerative braking is also used to charge the electric motor. The truly remarkable thing about regenerative braking is that the system is effectively recycling energy. Heat and noise are how energy is released as you depress the brake pedal -- this power is normally lost. Using regenerative braking, this energy is captured and redirected to the electric motor and stored for later use.

Top it all off with the fact that Toyota’s Hybrid batteries are able to be recycled and repurposed, and purchasing a 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid for sale near Plainfield, IL, just seems like an environmentally conscious thing to do. Thomas Toyota of Joliet has the 2016 Avalon Hybrid in stock, and our knowledgeable staff is happy to talk some more about the not-so-mysterious mechanics of this efficient, full-size sedan.


1. 2015 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage may vary.