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Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#512 of 519 Re: I can explain that CR thing completely so we can leave it alone... [lar
Feb 17, 2006 (1:43 pm)
"As for the 35 MPG figure, that's one or a few drivers who are not trained for hypermiling and in fact could probably CARE LESS what MPG they get driving the car - it's not their car or their money paying for the gas. They probably drove the car without even knowing there is a way to keep in in EV mode for as long as possible. That one little test of MPG has no bearing on how real drivers who own the car and learn the car over time can perform MPG-wise.
Any uneducated driver can get into a Hybrid and produce bad results. But if they OWN the car and are paying for the gas out of their OWN POCKETS and the car payment out of their own pockets, they are smart to learn to maxmize the MPG of the car using the tools provided by Toyota."
Pardon me if this is an obvious question, but if a driver can achieve good numbers by following Toyota guidance (as perceived by the efficiency displays in the Prius), why can't Toyota program the Prius computer to make those same efficiency decisions?
I realize that some of the techniques are driver only (timing the stoplights, for example), but EV mode? Why not at least put in a button to allow the user to force the car into better MPG?
#513 of 519 Re: Hybrid Gas Mileage: Good? Bad? As Expected? [Sylvia]
Feb 28, 2006 (9:06 am)
Careful driving - no hard acceleration in city and under 65mph highway: over 30mpg
Normal driving - some hard acceleration in city, under 75mph highway: 27 - 28 mpg
Extreme driving - Aggressive acceleration in city, 80mph and up highway: 22mpg
Conclusion: even driving this vehicle very hard, my Ford Escape Hybrid can give fuel economy better than the Ford Escape XLT, which according to Ford is a similar driving experience from the point of view of acceleration etc. The Escape Hybrid is probably a little less sporty, in truth, but it does feel to me much quicker than the Honda CRV AWD I drove previously (which gave me under 20mpg in hard driving, by the way).
My full review ...">link title
#514 of 519 Re: Hybrid Gas Mileage: Good? Bad? As Expected? [hybriddriver1]
Mar 19, 2006 (12:38 pm)
I just crossed 60K miles with my 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid last month. Zero trouble with it so far, and had regular scheduled maintenance.
Lifetime average is just under 60MPG.
2004 I was learning my new car and how to maximize efficiency and averaged mid 50's.
2005 Fine tuned what I was doing and applied it to rediculous measures and averaged 65MPG. Had one tank go 941 miles and calculated to 69.2MPG.
2006 Driving more "normal" now and mostly freeway. Still average 57-58MPG and +700mile tanks this winter.
Spring is here with warmer temps and had a couple 60MPG tanks.
I live in N.Georgia in the "foothills of the foothills" of the Blue Ridge mountains. I drive non-rush hour traffic.
The car have been nothing less than fantastic.
#515 of 519 Re: WOW [usbseawolf2000]
Mar 22, 2006 (8:46 pm)
I have a 03 HCH CVT and get 60+ all the time driving smart. My best has been 74.5 on a round trip of about 40 miles total.
Jun 07, 2006 (11:20 am)
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Jun 13, 2006 (8:06 pm)
My last tank came in at 935 miles and pumped 12.7gallons to the rim for 73MPG. Not bad.
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT (AT)
#519 of 519 4WD Mariner SUV Hybrid...
Jan 16, 2007 (7:14 am)
MPG = middle of sticker ranges 29 to 32.
With 1000 miles on odometer I'm averaging 30.6 mpg.
As Goldilocks would say... "... it's just right!"