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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#803 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [winter2]
Feb 05, 2010 (11:31 pm)
Where do you get your info winter2. I have an 07 Prius with 62K+ miles and I am very happy with it. No brakes or electronic issues. The only thing I ever replaced on this car are the tires + routine oil changes. Last I checked, the Liberty CRD is about 3mpg better than the 3.7L gas liberty. The regular gas Liberty that I have driven were noisy also, but does have better pick up than the Prius. I have owned several Toyotas in the past and have been very happy with them.
As for reliability, my cousin had to replace the transmission twice on his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee now at 130K miles. Chrysler makes more problematic vehicles than most other manufacturers.
#804 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [winter2]
Feb 06, 2010 (6:26 am)
If you don't own a Prius and even hate it,why are you here? Just wondering.I have a 2007 Prius and while all the recent problems concern me,the car drives great and I hardly get whiplash when switching to the gas mode.It also has plenty enough acceleration to get on the interstates.
I also own a KIA Optima, which is more comfortable,but nobody buys a Prius for it's comfort.It's for economy.
#805 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [mickeyrom]
Feb 06, 2010 (8:23 am)
My 2008 Prius is great too.. don't let the 'I wish I had a Prius" people bother you. We know what we have, and it's a great car, MANY cars have problems - how many manufacturer's would have stepped up to the plate and done a recall? I had a 2002 BMW - transmission problems all over the web - no recall, no admitting there was a problem by BMW - I was pissed. I was told to get the car fixed at my expense and if a recall was to ever happen, save the receipts and it MAY get reimbursed, There are 100s of stories like this.
I'd buy another Prius in a second!
#807 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [winter2]
Feb 08, 2010 (10:54 am)
I'm not defending corporate Toyota.I am just wondering what brings you here to bad mouth a car you don't even own.Surely there must be a site for whatever you happen to own.To me that makes you a troll.
#808 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [mickeyrom]
Feb 08, 2010 (11:59 am)
Frankly, the truth is that the Prius is Toyota's "Corvair", unsafe and everytime I see one near me I cringe.
You are right, I do not own one and I would not own one.
If I am a troll then at least I am not a blind troll.
Feb 08, 2010 (12:09 pm)
This discussion is about Prius mileage, not the recalls or brake issues. If you want to discuss those issues, we have a dedicated diiscussion to do so in. Please follow that link to continue there.
#810 of 997 Re: Prius owners just can't get a brake... [mickeyrom]
Feb 13, 2010 (8:39 am)
I drove several hybrids before purchasing my Jetta TDI manual 6 speed sedan. I donít think you can compare the two. The real world Jetta TDI mileage is 45-55mpg, not the 30/40 that is on the sticker. Conversely, the Prius owners seldom get the rated mpg. The TDI has the world record for driving in all 48 lower states in an average 68mpg. Itís sporty and fun to drive, and TDIís have been the greenest of them all for the past two years. Prius has about 30 lbs of rare earth material and is NOT GREEN!!
#811 of 997 Real-world Prius MPG test
Feb 13, 2010 (11:18 am)
Road & Track did a fuel economy test of a 2010 Prius in SoCal recently, published in its March issue. They tested the Prius in 9 different scenarios, of the type you would see if you live in a large urban area like L.A. (but also drive outside of it). The FE ranged from a low of 40.8 mpg in the "canyon carving" scenario (two-lane roads in twisty hills) to a high of 66.7 mpg in the "suburban sprawl" scenario (Long Beach to LAX). In every test but the "canyon carving", the Prius topped 50 mpg. The overall average for all tests, over 336 miles, was 54.5 mpg. The article pointed out that the drivers used a "enthusiastic yet fuel-cognizant pace--no dicing, no hypermiling, no 'pulse and coast', no extreme skip-shifting. They also agreed they would have fun on the trip.
I think this test shows it's very possible to get mid-50s mpg in a 2010 Prius in tough real-world conditions, such as those experienced by most drivers everyday. Not just easy cruising on a rural highway or freeway, or not just stop-and-go urban driving that favors the Prius' electric mode, but a realistic mix of driving situations.
P.S. The Prius was compared directly to two other cars in this test: a 2011 Fiesta stick, and a 2010 Golf TDI stick. The Fiesta averaged 40.3 mpg (range 32.2 to 46.8), and the TDI averaged 42.7 mpg (range 30.9 to 53.5).
#812 of 997 Real world Prius MPG 2010
Feb 14, 2010 (1:07 pm)
I think temperature is a key component in the Prius's MPG (and really in all vehicles). I bought mine in October and got 50 MPG while the temp was above 50 degrees, but since then I've gotten 37 - 44. The short trips are the worst - the engine has to run to warm up the hybrid battery and the heater core. You know what though? Don't care. It's still awesome and I'm sure I'll get better numbers when it warms up.