Toyota Philippines debunks 5 myths about hybrid cars

Updated Mar 17, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

Having doubts about hybrid cars? Then read these. 

Toyota has been selling hybrid cars globally for quite some time now. In fact, the Japanese marque is among the pioneering companies when it comes to launching this method of car propulsion into the mainstream.

Here in the Philippines, Toyota is selling the Prius, Prius C, Corolla Altis Hybrid, and the Corolla Cross Hybrid

A picture of the current PH-spec Toyota Prius in red.

The Prius is the car that started Toyota's journey into hybrid propulsion

Despite numerous advantages over traditional powertrains, people still believe some myths about hybrid cars. To clear these up, Toyota Philippines has released several truths which might help dispel these myths. Once you read this, it might even sway you into getting a hybrid or convince you of getting one in the future. 

Myth 1: Hybrid and Electric vehicles are the same

The truth is, hybrid vehicles are very different from electric vehicles. The latter uses only one power source, a battery, to power its electric motor. Hybrid vehicles, on the other hand, combine an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.

>>> Related: Toyota finally caves in – will start making full EVs alongside hybrids

Myth 2: You’ll get electrocuted when driving a hybrid through flooded areas

There is simply no truth behind this myth. That’s because when the hybrid propulsion comes in contact with water, it shuts off. That said, they are as safe as regular combustion-powered cars when it comes to dealing with floods. For more proof, check out this video:

Hybrid in Flooding Situation - Toyota camry

Myth 3: Hybrids are too expensive

Hybrid models are priced so that they can compete effectively against the prevalent combustion-powered cars. On top of this, the operating costs of hybrids tend to be lower since they consume less fuel.  

Myth 4: Hybrids are expensive/difficult to maintain

This myth stems from the fact that hybrid technology is still seen as a new and novel way of powering a car, so it will need more work. However, maintaining a hybrid car is no different from a regular combustion-powered car. The batteries of a hybrid don’t even need special maintenance.  

A picture of the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid

The Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid

To eliminate all your apprehensions though, Toyota also offers a five-year warranty on hybrid batteries. This is on top of the standard car warranty. A typical hybrid battery however usually lasts longer. After all, they were designed to do as such.

>>> Related: How long do hybrid car batteries last?

Myth 5: Hybrids are harder to drive

There is simply no truth behind this myth. In fact, as long as you know how to drive a normal car, you can drive any of Toyota’s hybrid models. You don’t need to learn how to charge and there are no special start-up methods. All you need to do is fill them up with gas, and press that push-to-start button. Easy as pie. 

A picture of the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid. Toyota Philippine's latest hybrid model

Did these eliminate your doubts about hybrids? Are you convinced now that hybrids are just as convenient as regular cars? You can view our car guide page containing more details on Toyota’s lineup of hybrid cars. For more automotive news, car reviews, and helpful car maintenance tips, keep it here on

Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2021

Toyota Corolla Cross

The local crossover segment is getting even more exciting as Toyota Motor Philippines launched the all-new Corolla Cross. It is a five-seater crossover that’s available in two variants with a starting price of Php 1,285,000 for the gasoline-powered Corolla Cross while the Hybrid version is priced at Php 1,650,000. Designed as the stylish urban vehicle, the Corolla Cross combines Toyota’s signature “QDR” (quality, durability, and reliability) with style and functionality. Its hybrid electric variant further realizes Toyota’s vision of sustainable mobility and makes self-charging hybrid technology more accessible to Filipinos. The Toyota Corolla Cross was initially launched in Thailand and shared the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with the 12th generation Toyota Corolla Altis. The new crossover is the same as the sedan it is based on that is available with a hybrid power plant.

From ₱1,285,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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