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Toyota’s Hybrid Battery Warranty is Getting Even Better

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Toyota has announced its hybrid battery warranty will be extended to 10 years from the date of first use or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is up from 8 years and 100,000 miles, which was already pretty solid to begin with, and makes the warranty the longest offered warranty in the industry that covers first ownership and all subsequent owners — take that, Mitsubishi and Kia.

Toyota says one of the reasons it was motivated to increase its warranty was because despite hybrid powertrain technologies being nothing new, people are still hesitant to buy hybrid vehicles because of reliability concerns.

“Toyota introduced the first hybrid vehicle in the world more than 20 years ago, but people still have hesitations about owning a hybrid vehicle,” said Heather Updegraff, Toyota’s GM of vehicle marketing and communications. “Our goal is to minimize that concern and this new warranty extension for the hybrid battery is just another way we are leading the industry and putting our customers first.”

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The new hybrid warranty will be available for all seven of Toyota’s 2020 hybrid models as well as for the current generation Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, and includes various powertrain components: the battery voltage sensor, the power management control module, and the inverter with converter.

For comparison, the previously longest warranties offered in the industry were Mitsubishi and Kia/Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties. Toyota’s new hybrid warranty lasts as long, but may actually be usable for 10 years for people who drive more than 10,000 miles per year on average (which is the majority people aged 20-64).

Related: Check out the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid!