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#1 of 113 how to drive "d or b" for best results
Feb 12, 2006 (12:50 pm)
Had my prius now for 3800 miles now and of course love it. But in trying to wring out the best milage I still can't decide between D and B. It seems like I can get to about 25+ before gas kicks in on B and about 22 in D. I am down to about 38mpg for winter but I hope thats because of snow tires and winter gas? Anything else I should know? Thanks Joe
#2 of 113 Re: how to drive "d or b" for best results [labfamily]
Feb 12, 2006 (7:35 pm)
Hi Joe - you've come to the right place! There are plenty of Prius owners here who should be able to give you a hand.
#3 of 113 Re: how to drive "d or b" for best results [labfamily]
Feb 19, 2006 (3:01 pm)
Joe: I can't believe you only get 38mpg. I live in Utah & drive my prius to the ski resorts. The only time I get 38mpg is when I am driving UP to the ski resorts (then I get 99mpg driving back down - HONEST!) I have had my 2004 prius for 2 years & average 48mpg winter and 53 mpg summer (I just reached 30,000 miles). I only use B when driving down mountian roads, or when slowing down getting off the freeway.
#4 of 113 Re: how to drive "d or b" for best results [prpoirier]
Feb 20, 2006 (8:20 pm)
I am still waiting for my Prius to arrive...(next month, so I am told)...but it seems pretty clear. 'D' is drive. 'B' is brake. Normally, use 'D'. When you need to slow down, as if you were shifting down in a manual tranny to slow yourself down, use 'B'.
#5 of 113 Don't use "b" for normal use
Feb 21, 2006 (11:32 am)
If you use B mode, it will un-necessarily run the gas engine, reducing your gas milleage. Also, if you are in B mode, cruise control is automatically turned off. It's been reported that B mode doesn't aid in recharging the traction battery, too. Why Toyota included this mode is a bit beyond me.
The only reason I can even vaguely see where B mode might be useful is if you are going down a long mountain road, the traction battery is already at 8 green bars, and you want to avoid using the brakes for some reason and instead want to use engine braking to help slow you down. In that case, it might be useful.
#6 of 113 new 2006 prius member hi to everybody.th
Mar 08, 2006 (6:42 pm)
this is my first toyota prius.2006 white pkg. #8. had it for not quit a month. tinted all glass put body side mouldings on it also put oyota mud guards on it also. have not a thousand miles on it yet. am still getting used to it yet. got a bath with gas the other day when i filled up the gas tank . i guess there is a good way of finding things out the hard way sometimes! anyways just figured i'd say hi to every one. if any one wants to email info about tips on the little machine that would be nice.
#7 of 113 Re: new 2006 prius member hi to everybody.th [seeko]
Mar 09, 2006 (10:45 am)
"anyways just figured i'd say hi to every one. if any one wants to email info about tips on the little machine that would be nice."
Welcome to the forum. You will get more response by posting in the Prius 2004+ forum; this forum is for a very specific topic.
#8 of 113 Prius accessories
Mar 29, 2006 (7:24 am)
Where is the best place to purchase accessories for '06 Prius (mud guards, moulding, seat covers, etc.). Found out no one makes husky liners for Prius.
#9 of 113 Re: Don't use "b" for normal use [devsienna]
Mar 29, 2006 (4:37 pm)
The purpose of "B" mode is for engine breaking down steep mountain grades. It does have to be pretty steep to be necessary, as it will slow you down on just typical downhill portions.
B does recharge the traction battery (and very quickly I might add), but it really is just there to save your brakes. I have only used it a couple of times in trips through the Rockies.
#10 of 113 Re: Prius accessories [lefmi]
Mar 29, 2006 (4:55 pm)
Here is the website that I purchased the side molding and mud quards for my 2006 Prius.
Hope this helps.