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:
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:
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.