Toyota's commitment to plug-in vehicles is pretty much non-existent.
Yes, the automaker does offer the RAV4 EV (California only as a compliance vehicle) and Prius Plug-In Hybrid (not available nationwide, yet a strong seller despite Toyota not promoting it), but if you thought Toyota was a plug-in supporter, then this Lexus hybrid commercial will show you just how wrong you were.
"Lexus hybrid vehicles are on their sixth generation of hybrid technology and make up 85% of all luxury hybrids on the road today."
Says Lexus, the dominator of luxury hybrid sales.
But why must you then rip on plug-in vehicles? Is it out of fear of losing sales to the superior plug-in hybrids?
"They are rated up to 42 MPG."
"They've saved nearly 300,000,000 gallons of gas."
If those hybrids without a plug are so darn spectacular, then why even bother presenting an argument against plug-ins?
Fear....yes, that's why.
If Lexus doesn't soon enter the plug-in vehicle segment, then it stands to lose its superior rank in the luxury hybrid/plug-in hybrid segment.
Which would you rather own? A near luxury/luxury hybrid that returns "up to 42 MPG" or a near luxury plug-in hybrid that gets 157 MPG, with 31 miles of electric range?
Lexus Hybrid Commercial
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