Driving a hybrid vehicle from Lexus means that you’re able to take advantage of many benefits, including near-silent motoring and reduced emissions. The hints and tips below will help you to get the most from your Lexus hybrid’s engine, extending fuel economy and increasing range:

  1. Become familiar with the hybrid information display to enable you to monitor energy usage.
  2. Press lightly but consistently on the accelerator pedal to help the vehicle to stay in EV mode.
  3. Improve efficiency by using ECO mode – this lessens aggressive accelerator responsiveness.
  4. Brake gently and early to boost regenerative braking, resulting in longer use of EV mode.
  5. Monitor dials and gauges to understand the hybrid system’s state and manage high voltage battery levels.
  6. Do not select ‘N’ neutral when stationary in stop-start traffic, as electricity will not be generated and the hybrid battery will discharge.
  7. Use Cruise Control when possible to maintain steady speeds.
  8. When using Climate Control, use recirculate mode to reduce energy usage.
  9. Whenever possible, maximise your use of EV mode.
  10. Keep in mind that heavy use of air-con, lights, wipers etc. will increase energy consumption.

All Lexus hybrid models start up in default drive mode; this picks the most efficient use of both the engine and the battery. The following four ‘on-demand’ drive modes can help you to achieve better fuel consumption:

  • EV Mode encourages the car to be powered solely by the battery when city driving.
  • ECO Mode reduces A/C output and dulls harsh acceleration.
  • Normal Mode is the default everyday motoring drive setting.
  • Sport Mode uses battery power to boost acceleration with the engine.

R (Reverse), N (Neutral), B (Engine Braking) and D (Drive) positions feature on the shift lever in your Lexus hybrid, with B being used to descend a hill, for example – this shouldn’t be used for normal driving as it’s inefficient. It’s recommended that you use D for normal driving.

To make the most of the car’s battery in urban environments, accelerate to your required speed, ease off the accelerator and then gently ease on again – the ‘EV’ light will come on to inform you that the engine is switched off and the electric battery is engaged.

Save fuel by maintaining a constant speed and reading the road ahead; by saving the need to brake and accelerate unnecessarily, you’ll use less fuel. Slow, gentle braking will utilise your Lexus hybrid’s regenerative braking system. Keep in mind that temperature can affect your hybrid’s performance, as when it’s cold, more fuel is required to warm up. If you’re still unsure, watch a video of hints and tips from Lexus UK right here.

Whichever Lexus hybrid you’re already driving or are looking to try, use these tips to maximise your motoring. The full Lexus hybrid range comprises: the CT 200h, IS 300h, GS 300h/GS 450h, RX 450h, LS 600h L, NX 300h and RC 300h. If you’d like to take one for a test drive or have any queries on hybrid driving, contact your local Lexus dealership today.