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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#212 of 998 Re: Mileage on new 2006 Prius [bamo]
Aug 25, 2006 (9:11 am)
Thanks Bamo for the advise. Unfortunately, I already ease it out on the green light and allow the car to regenerate power as I approach a stop. (I have a Celica too, that's my jack-rabbit starts car!)
From all I've heard, I'm doing everything right and I'm getting 45mpg - at best! I'm not carrying heavy loads, I ease up to speed at the starts and let the motor generate power as I approach a stop. I keep the speed at the speed limit (when I feel safe in doing so). I have the tires at the inflation numbers on the chassis (I've heard to increase the pressure to 42front/40rear but I'm reluctant to do that - it's not a recommended Toyota practice and I'm trying to keep it "official".)
Pretty soon the sales guy, my wife and I are going for a drive. The sales guy says he can show us a few things that might help...
My plan: Zero the trip counter and let the sales guy drive. I want to see him get over 50mpg on that guage. Then my wife and I will drive and let him critique our style.
I'll post again when I have more news.
#213 of 998 Re: New Prius Owner [isnoface]
Aug 30, 2006 (12:24 pm)
I have been driving my 2001 Prius for over a month now. Let me share what I've noticed about the MPG:
1. This is a Texas summer, so sometimes I drive with a/c and sometimes without. I notice a big difference in the MPG; I get about 52 without the a/c and 45 with it turned on. I have seen in this thread that others have noticed a 5 mpg difference, but have read elsewhere on the Internet that it is negligible. For me, the difference has been very noticeable.
2. My tires were inflated to a pressure between 25 and 30 psi when I bought the car. I increased them all to 42psi and I noticed a slight mpg improvement and slightly better handling.
3. You do not have to drive less than 40mph to get these excellent mileage numbers! Most of my trip to work and back home is on a highway, and I drive around 63 to 65 mph. My mileage is slightly higher in town, but the difference is very little.
4. My rough estimates indicate that the car's computer is close to accurate on the actual mpg.
My automotive budget is lower than for most people; in fact, the 5-year-old Prius is probably the newest car I've ever bought. The inside space feels midsize, more than enough space for my family of four. This is a cool car!
#214 of 998 Montyman
Aug 30, 2006 (1:13 pm)
Congrats on the car, and welcome to the cadre of proud Hybrid owners.
How many miles are on your Prius?
#215 of 998 Re: New Prius Owner [montyman]
Aug 30, 2006 (1:17 pm)
I too have always read it was a negligible, as driving with the windows down also creates air drag that drives the MPG down as well.....
Does anyone remember reading any studies on the mileage effects of AC
#216 of 998 Here are some good resources
Aug 30, 2006 (2:17 pm)
This is a very interesting page filled with PDFs which indicate good performance in regard to HEV battery life.
See this one in particular:
One of those PDFs, maybe the last one, has a few statements about the effect of A/C on the Priuses. Seems like it took a substantial hit.
#217 of 998 Re: Here are some good resources [larsb]
Aug 30, 2006 (2:27 pm)
Thanks for the fantastic information & links!
I see there has been a good improvement from Generation 1 to Generation 2 Prius in MPG, and that the AC will take about 10 MPG away from you....pretty cheap price not to melt, imo.
#218 of 998 Re: New Prius [mebman]
Sep 14, 2006 (9:15 am)
I bought my '05 in October. Unfortunately my commute is short (2 miles) I do drive a bit through the average day. From Oct. '05 till Aug. '06 I drove about 9500 miles. Filled up 23 times and averaged 42.3 MPG. Winter seemed worst. This summer was hot so lots of AC. Have changed my driving a bit but I didn't buy the thing 'cause I need a hobby. I drive it. I "built" and ordered the car on the web. Got emails and calls from 2 local dealerships. Choose one, Airport Toyota in Knoxville and paid MSRP. No muss no fuss. I've got everything you could get on the car when I bought it. Love the bluetooth. Would like to study the appropriate voice for the nav software. I say chinese food it says, "police station ahead on the right." They have done all oil changes and tire rotation. They pick up and deliver free and for simple stuff like this have been very reasonably priced (as in I couldn't have done it cheaper when you factor in taking somewhere and sitting with it). They picked up on recalls of steering part and ordered it. They didn't tell me though till the part came in. Considering one warning was you could loose ALL control they might have told me. I didn't buy it JUST for mileage but for lower emissions TOO. So if you know that's a lie don't tell me.
#219 of 998 Re: New Prius [whalen]
Sep 25, 2006 (6:19 am)
So if you know that's a lie don't tell me
Good post and welcome to the Forum. We would never accuse you of prevarication on this forum. We all get along. Keep us posted on your Prius.
#220 of 998 Newbie's mileage
Oct 03, 2006 (7:43 pm)
I just picked up 07 4 days ago, and decided to top it off with gas being cheap ($ 2.65/gallon, I am in SoCal). 200 miles, jammed 5 gallons in. I suspect the full tank from dealer was not really full. So this would be the first real tank (that's why I topped it off). According to Consumption Screen I averaged 46 mpg.
In a few days I am going to pump up the tires with Nitrogen, and I may try to jerry-rig a EV switch, and hopefully I can get the mileage to 50+ consistently. Without it (EV) the engine goes on too often, even with battery full and car going slowly.
#221 of 998 Re: Newbie's mileage [ck90211]
Oct 03, 2006 (10:49 pm)
Such a switch will void your entire warranty, you know that, right
The engine, computer controlled, making thousands of calculations per second, turns the ICE on exactly when, and runs it just as long, as it should.
Certainly it is your car, and you can do with it as you wish, but I urge you to consider all the ramifications.