An overhead look inside the driver's cockpit of the 2021 Toyota Corolla.

Make your Toyota vehicle perform how you want it to perform

What do the Toyota Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes do? 

Toyota does its level best to design vehicles that will meet the needs of as many potential buyers as reasonably possible. One element that appears in every Toyota vehicle for sale or lease at the Lexington Toyota showroom is a dynamic and engaging handling profile. Sure, the Toyota Corolla is built to be affordable and efficient, but that doesn’t mean it destined to be boring. Over the years, the automaker’s engineering team has developed an innovative way to let drivers pick the kind of experience they want to have while they’re behind the wheel with different driving modes. So, what do the Toyota Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes do? Let’s take a closer look at this system and how it can make your daily commute what you want it to be. 

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As we alluded to up top, the three driving modes available on most Toyota vehicles will allow people to determine for themselves how it operates.  

Using ‘Normal’ mode is the standard operating setting for the vehicle provided by the manufacturer. This is the setting that will produce the performance and fuel economy numbers outlined by Toyota. Sport mode provides a feeling of the vehicle delivering more power to the road. Steering inputs are also changed for a high-performance experience. Finally, Eco mode is just what it sounds like, automatic changes are made to the throttle inputs and the transmission’s shift points to goose the vehicle’s fuel economy profile. 

Does Sport mode cause the engine to make more horsepower? 

One of the most common misconceptions of the Toyota Sport driving mode is that it acts as a temporary power boost. When a vehicle is using Sport mode, a line representing the travel of the gas pedal is curved a little bit. This means that a driver only needs to press the accelerator a little bit to ramp up the engine speeds, which will make the vehicle go faster sooner, but it doesn’t actually increase the amount of horsepower the power plant produces. Changing the shift points of the transmission so higher RPM can be achieved before moving to the next gear. 

Does the Toyota Eco driving mode mean it’s a hybrid? 

While Toyota is known for having a large and diverse inventory of hybrid vehicles, not every Toyota vehicle is a hybrid platform – yet. Just like how the Sport driving mode changes the throttle inputs and transmission response to get a boost in speed, the Eco mode works the same way – just in the other direction. The throttle inputs are loosed so a driver would need to push on the gas pedal harder to get more speed. Similarly, the transmission will work through its gears faster to improve efficiency.  

If you would like to learn more about how the Toyota driving modes work, make an appointment with a Lexington Toyota product expert today.