TodayApril 22, 2022

Toyota ALphard hybrid at Toyota World Tour

Toyota hybrids from Japan

Davis Adams is a freelance journalist extraordinaire. Adams and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, of, went for a ride in the Toyota Alphard hybrid from Japan.

At the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour, Satoshi Ogiso, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation told us, “About the same time Toyota launched Prius in the U.S. they set a long-range hybrid development plan in motion. Here in the U.S., we began with the simultaneous development of hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX. In Japan, we added the Estima and Alphard.”

All hybrids are currently produced at the Tsutsumi plant in Japan. The Alphard is a seven- or eight-seater with either a 2.4L or 3.0L gasoline engine. There are three trim levels, Alphard G, Alphard V, and the Alphard Hybrid. Adams shows us the parking sensor that is used in Japan and how it works.

Both of us loved the vehicle and in particular the passenger seats that are ultra-lux. This is the not type of vehicle one thinks of when they hear the word minivan, ottomans that fold out, sunroofs that span the entire length of the vehicle, but how much does it cost and what is the fuel economy?

If it did come to the United States it would be the only hybrid minivan in the United States. There was a rumor that a Sienna hybrid was going to make it to the United States but that hasn’t happened yet.

Thanks, Davis.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.