Toyota

Toyota has been ranked as one of the most environmentally friendly car companies, mostly due to its leading position in the development and production of hybrid gas-electric vehicles. It has however shied away from a more robust push into battery electric cars, at least until superior energy storage it and others are developing come on line, and Toyota is touting hyogen fuel cell vehicles “for the next 100 years.”

The green hue surrounding the Toyota brand began in earnest with the Prius. As the quintessential gas-electric hybrid, it can be traced all the way back to 1992 when the company committed to a corporate “Earth Charter.” The Toyota Prius was introduced in Japan in 1997 and brought to the United States in 2000. Since that time, Toyota has sold more hybrids than all other car companies combined. While Toyota remains committed to hybrids, the company is motivated as much by profitability as by protecting the planet. Environmental groups have criticized Toyota for introducing large pickup trucks and SUVs in recent years, as well as dragging its heels on plug-in cars. Nonetheless, company executives openly talk about diminishing global oil supplies

They see greener cars comprised of a portfolio of hybrids, and progressively more fuel cell and plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles over the decades to come into the 21st century.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Review

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Review

Toyota will begin delivery of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid in March of 2012.
95 MPG Plug-in Hybrid $32000 Now
2012 Toyota Prius c Review

2012 Toyota Prius c Review

The diminutive c is the fourth hybrid to be tagged a Prius and joins the conventional midsize Prius, the more spacious V and the Plug-in model.
50 MPG Hybrid $18950 Now
2012 Toyota Prius v Review

2012 Toyota Prius v Review

The same DNA has the best-selling Prius, but with almost 60 percent more room.
42 MPG Hybrid $26400 Now
2012 Toyota Prius Liftback

2012 Toyota Prius Liftback

The number-one selling hybrid car. The Prius is nearly synonymous with "hybrid."
50 MPG Hybrid $24000 Now
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is the most fuel efficient seven-passenger SUV available.
28 MPG Hybrid $38100 Now
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2012 Camry Hybrid offers more power and better fuel economy than its predecessor.
41 MPG Hybrid $25900 Now
2011 Toyota Corolla

2011 Toyota Corolla

Popular and practical model with fuel efficiency approaching the hybrid realm.
31 MPG Small Car $15600 Now
2011 Toyota Yaris

2011 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is the leader of the subcompact triumvirate, which includes the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa.
32 MPG Small Car $13000 Now
Toyota FT-EV

Toyota FT-EV

Toyota FT-EV concept, an all-electric car based on the Toyota IQ, offers a driving range of 50 miles.
MPG Electric $ Concept
2009 Toyota Matrix

2009 Toyota Matrix

A segment buster: part compact car, part sport wagon, and part small crossover utility.
29 MPG Small Car $16700 Now
Toyota Hybrid X

Toyota Hybrid X

The Hybrid X is a design exercise indicating the general visual direction of Toyota's hybrids.
MPG Hybrid $ Concept
Toyota Volta

Toyota Volta

Before the Chevy Volt, there was the Toyota Volta—a super-hip and speedy concept hybrid from Toyota.
MPG Hybrid $ Concept