As of 2012, Toyota is the most fuel-efficient full-line automotive manufacturer. 7 We accomplish this not only by using some of the latest engine technologies, but also by examining every aspect of every car we build. Electric Power Steering on vehicles like Corolla, RAV4 and Camry, for example, reduces load on the engine, which reduces fuel consumption and gets rid of the pump belt and hydraulic lines.
Another reason cars like Avalon, Camry and Prius get exceptional mileage is their aerodynamic efficiency. The less wind drag a vehicle creates, the less power it takes to push it through the air, which means less fuel is consumed. The original Prius is one of the most aerodynamic production cars in the world, with a drag coefficient of just 0.25 – that’s better than just about any car you can name. And while Prius is the most aerodynamic car we build, the Prius c is also a class leader, with a 0.28 drag coefficient.
When compared to the average car, Prius alone has saved American consumers more than an estimated 881 million gallons of gas, $2.19 billion in fuel costs, and 12.4 million tons of CO2 emissions. But we're only just beginning. In 2010, Toyota partnered with Tesla Motors, based in Palo Alto, California, to create electric vehicles (EVs) like the new Toyota all-electric SUV: RAV4 EV. And in 2015, we'll introduce a fuel cell vehicle, which will rely solely on batteries and hydrogen, with zero emission water vapor as exhaust.