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Americans have a number of Toyota and Lexus introduced in recent years, and will follow, but a couple of hybrid minivans the company has for a decade kept away U.S. shores are the Estima (in and Alphard (following).

A couple ago we were given a rare to drive these vehicles – with right-side drive and icons and voice prompts in

Both share the same and are powered by an all-wheel-drive Hybrid Drive system that on the Japanese test cycle as high as 44 mpg.

In the U.S. one only guess how they’d on the EPA cycle but they’d likely do better than Toyota’s V6-powered AWD Sienna non-hybrid nets 19 mpg combined or even s class-leading 22 mpg Odyssey.

2013 Hybrid.

Toyota s luxurious vehicles are roomy and comfortable for or eight passengers and presented a driving experience. These true Japanese cars and as editions with practically option, we were thinking Americans would buy them but has no plans for the U.S.

Why? Toyota’s communications rep Durand says it would not be to introduce cars developed for and other markets and Toyota not think enough Americans go for them for what it might to charge. Federalizing them be costly, Toyota believes re smaller than Americans want, and they would against the Sienna.

What s weight added could some or most of their suggested Durand.


Size-wise, the Sienna is: 200.2-inches 78.2-inches wide, 68.9-inches and wheelbase is 119 inches. The Estima is long, 70.9-inches wide, high, and wheelbase is 116.1 The Alphard is 191-inches long, wide, 75-inches high, and is also 116.1 inches.

If hybrids really would not well enough, that s too as they are some neat that “if only” they just brought in they conceivably create a new sub-niche – minivans.

Presently in America this is an because Americans are believed to options open to carry in their multi-passenger vehicles, so more frugal offerings the are partial to remain off limits

Estima Hybrid

Launched in 2000, the Estima Hybrid is an version of what the U.S. got 1997 as the conventionally powered minivan.

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It saw a redesign in 2006 and facelift in 2012 and has become all the more and somewhat aggressive appearing on the with the interior engineered to many creature comforts and features.

This was especially of the Aeras version Toyota in which had a practically Lexus-grade with plush burgundy accenting tastefully against the and grey tones of the finely perforated leather interior.

Even if it’s smaller the Sienna by a bit – and smaller than the as well – leg room is abundant in the and middle row, if a bit tight in the row.

Power is by Toyota’s “E-Four” hybrid system all-wheel drive. This is to the 2.7-liter in the Lexus RX 400h but a behind, notes Durand.

The HSD utilizes a rear-mounted, rear-wheel-propelling motor that distributes power to all four wheels.

It out a reported 187 system horsepower through a CVT transmission.

Get up and go is acceptable and between gas and electric power are as as we’ve come to expect on HSD-equipped Toyotas.

On the handling and highway, the vehicle is competent as go. A high center of gravity this is no autocrosser, and cornering is not as as sportier versions of crossover vehicles, but this is about travel, not carving arcs.

And it’s about maximum and while it might net mid to upper 30s or at present Toyota offers of a different variety instead, as the Highlander Hybrid rated at 28

Alphard Hybrid

Toyota Alphard Electric Cars

First in July 2002, the Alphard the same powertrain and is classified as size” in Japan.

Being than the more-powerful Sienna, closer to a working definition of than the maxi-mini varieties get including the Honda Odyssey and Town Country.

Variants of vehicle have included a Lounge” version in 2006 and on the iteration, a “Vellfire” version youth appeal aesthetics is

(Note also the funky extra bi-way mirrors of the regular mirrors.)

This vehicle could make a corporate limo, and includes infotainment and Lexus-grade comforts.

It weighs an estimated 4,200 about 300 less than the Acceleration and handling are on par with the and it too offers a smooth and quiet

American Choices

We’ve inquiries on enthusiast sites interest for these contraband

While we’ve not looked it, a company called Batfa list both for export Japan – the Estima Hybrid $at 48,800 plus shipping and the Hybrid starts at $51,000 shipping.

However you’d be on own with non-federalized cars, so the “buyer beware” apply in for this potential option.

practically speaking, the U.S. has cars approaching minivan like the Toyota Prius v or C-Max Hybrid. Beyond automakers skip right to larger crossovers or larger and even full-sized vans – if economy really is low on your list.

Is there a market in the for hybrid minivans that net upwards of high-30s or better careful driving? Absolutely, but does not think it’s big nor for that matter do we see any other coming to the plate.

Among hybrid sellers, is the acknowledged market leader and we think if anyone could do it, it could if the will was there.

then, if ever, hopefully you can be with the pictures.

Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
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Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
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