Last post on Oct 02, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
May 24, 2012 (8:25 am)
Love our new 2012 Prius 4! Mostly due to getting 50 MPG already! have filled up half the tank because I haven't used any more!!! Great to drive and it is a beautiful car! We got the 4 because of hating the fabric on the sides of the inner doors, and the console. I like the all "leather" like feel instead, and it will stay cleaner in the long run! Also, got the darkest interior color for that same reason, as well as, the black dash looks awesome! Great little car and intending on going on a long trip to test it out soon.
thank you to all for all your comments which helped me make my final decision on buying it!!
#646 of 674 Re: New Prius Owners - Give Us Your Report [seeko]
Jun 24, 2012 (4:52 pm)
I bought a 2011 Prius on 6/16/11 and have already 39,879 miles on
It this is do largely to several trips back east i,am generally happy
With the car but i do have some complaints the first one being
Gas economy 51/49 i dont think so! my car does much better on the
Hwy then around town but where i live it is very hilly and i,am lucky
To get 40! i have talked to other owners where i live with a similar
Gripe! i would think for the estimates to be close to accurate you
Would have to be driving on a flat surface all the time and that,s not
Realistic! also you can never recover the miledge back going up a hill
And going down the other side it being equal of course.
I have a hill locally that takes 3.5/10,s of my meter but only puts
1/10 back on going down the other side.
Another gripe! NO REAR AIR CONDITIONING VENTS it get,s very hot
In the back seat this is something that needs to be addressed.
#647 of 674 Re: 2011 Prius II Door closing sound [goprius]
Jun 24, 2012 (5:00 pm)
I have the same sound of course (The metal sound) as i call it
The reason the saving of weight through out the car including
Door panels in back less solid less weight!
#648 of 674 Re: New Prius Owners - Give Us Your Report [rustyxm]
Jul 02, 2012 (9:33 am)
MPG estimates are based on flat terrain. Any car you drive on hilly terrain will produce poorer MPG, although I do think that smaller-engined cars will show a more noticible difference. So a big car's MPG may drop from 20 to 17 mpg on hilly roads, while a small car may drop from high 40's to high 30's. Then of course high 30's mpg is still better than 17mpg!
Same with speed. In the southwest the MPH Limit is 75 or 80, meaning that you can legally drive 80-85mph without worrying about getting a ticket. But that will really cause small engine cars to lose a lot of MPG.
I do agree with the rear AC vents, so I ended up tinting the windows and that helped. Seemed like in the old days, no car outside of a minivan/SUV had rear AC vents, but then they probably had more powerful ACs.
Jul 04, 2012 (8:21 am)
Hi - MPG, I bought a new 2010 recently as a floor model and was very disappointed because I only got like 29MPG. I went to different discussions to see what I was doing wrong and got a ton of answers. After about a month it went to 30 - 35, then after a few months it went to 39 max. On my last fill up it went to 50 and has hung in there at 46 or higher - even though I'm city driving, using the same hills and valleys.
I did take advice though and allow it to cruise (foot off of gas) when I'm up to speed on a city road. And I can only find gas with 10% ethanol, but the same gas has seen my MPG go higher and higher so that isn't much of a factor. I'm in NY and there are a lot of hills. My opinion is that it will break in after about 5 months - I only drive on ECO, except when I must enter a highway - this requires more horsepower.
So drive in ECO, the pickup is a bit slower, but I do 65 or more in it and I don't change it on a hill, only when I enter a highway. And give the car time to break in. I'm hopeful of getting that 50 or 55MPG like some others have reported, but doubt I'll every get much more than 65. Good luck
Jul 04, 2012 (9:08 am)
I have had my Prius now for nearly five years and 55,000 miles. I live at 9,600 feet, so drive many mountain passes above 10,000 feet on 6% grade or better. I also drive a lot of unimproved Forest Service dirt roads.
My lowest fuel economy is 43 MPG with all-season radials in winter. My best fuel economy has been driving down in Denver, only 5,000 feet, during the summer with the factory original tires, about 55 MPG. I am gentle on acceleration, coast into intersections, and try to drive under all posted speed limits.
If you want to maximize fuel economy, I suggest driving slowly, anticipate stop lights, empty the vehicle of luggage and other gear, drive on half-tanks of fuel, get on a weight-loss diet, and buy lightweight tires that will likely fail you on icy roads in winter.
#651 of 674 Re: SBisi [snowboarder4]
Jul 04, 2012 (1:32 pm)
just finished a 1500 mile trip in my 2010 --- 70 mph --- hwy with grades --a/c--- averaged 52 mpg on the computer. No attempt to hyper mile. Plenty of power up hills and to pass.
Aug 22, 2012 (8:28 pm)
Just purchased a new Prius Plug In Base Model. I am sure there will be a seperate discussion on these soon! Have only had this a week and I can tell we will not need to fill up but once a month. The charger plugs into 110 and takes a few hours to charge. We can go about 10 miles on all electric, my wife works 5 miles away so for a commute she can be all electric for the week! Will be interesting to see what the electric bill looks like next month. Impressed so far. I will follow up post in a few months once I can get a line on the average mpg- I suspect it will be 80 plus for us.
#653 of 674 Re: New Prius Plug In [michaelcozens]
Aug 23, 2012 (10:39 am)
I go 40 to 47 miles per charge with my Volt. I got mine last April and still have over a half tank of gas that came with it and over 3500 miles so far.
#654 of 674 Re: New Prius Plug In [michaelcozens]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 23, 2012 (12:41 pm)
that's a good point. What people pay per Kw varies widely throughout the country, and what time of day you charge the car also matters in calculating a real world cost-per-mile.