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Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

Harvey
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LOL. Hope so.  :)

So... you buy a Prius. Yea it's slow and plasticky.  But what's the fun part? At least for the first few days, you kinda want to know what kind of mileage you're getting.  For the life of me I can't figure out how to get a number to show on the dash for average mpg.

We watched the video and (sorta) looked at the 4000 page owners manual.  Also googled it and found "PriusChat" - a forum where all the snarky hypermilers with 10,000 posts give a load of crap to newbies asking the same questions...

"Where's the avg mpg?"

Is a no brainer on my CRV, never even read the manual.

"...at least I get to ski once in a while and no one is shooting at me."  -BigK75
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Re: Bought my last Honda.

JasonWx
My friend loves his Prius.. Excellent choice Harv.

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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

Harvey
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I'm breaking out this thread from the Honda thread because ... well not sure why. Also I realize that while a CRV could be loosely classified as ski gear, the Prius is a stretch. Whatever.

Neve's gymnastics class does this way cool thing once a month called parents night out. They take the class from 6-9pm on a Saturday night and it gives the parent a chance to ... be. Zelda is sick tonight so we home hangin.

I digress. Zelda's car was parked behind the Honda so I took it. It was pretty cool.  I still pull the key out of my pocket, but you don't need to.

I now know exactly how to get MPG from the dash. It auto calculates the current tank (42.2) and when you stop it tells you what you got since the last time you stopped. On the way over to gymnastics I got 47.8 and in the way back 57.6.  It actually can run on the electric motor at 40mph if you drive it right.

I also tried out the POWER button on the way over. The thing goes. I mean not like a fast car, but faster than Zelda's Civic with a stick that we just traded in. That one acceleration was probably the difference between the 47 and the 57 I got on the two legs of the errand.

The steering is tight too.  I think I'm liking it.

"...at least I get to ski once in a while and no one is shooting at me."  -BigK75
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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

bean valley
Just picked up a used Prius. My daughter wrecked our Santa Fe so it was prematurely time to get a new car. Found a 2007, super clean, 53,000, for $13,000. Haven't found any negative reviews about the things and we're pretty high mileage. Looking forward to saving some $$$. It's gotta get better mpg than my trusty Element!

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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

bean valley
Prius update: About a thousand miles into this thing and I love it. Good solid feel for a small car (MUCH better than I expected), handles well, and I'm averaging ~~45 mpg. On-board displays were a bit distracting at first but have grown accustomed to them quickly. Purchased the vehicle expecting to buy snows w/studs immediately but haven't seen the need, yet...maybe it's time for another snowstorm??? ;^)

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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

Harvey
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bean valley wrote
Prius update: About a thousand miles into this thing and I love it. Good solid feel for a small car (MUCH better than I expected), handles well, and I'm averaging ~~45 mpg. On-board displays were a bit distracting at first but have grown accustomed to them quickly. Purchased the vehicle expecting to buy snows w/studs immediately but haven't seen the need, yet...maybe it's time for another snowstorm??? ;^)
Bean - I agree the thing feels tight. Nice to know yours is tight with 53,000 on it.  We are getting around 50 mpg with ours but we never step on it - always trying to get it to run on full electric. You got to watch out because guys in pickups get pissed!

"...at least I get to ski once in a while and no one is shooting at me."  -BigK75
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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

bean valley
"never step on it - always trying to get it to run on full electric"

Seems like if you really soft-touch the gas you can maximize the mpg. Hard to do in these hills...though I did have a flat one-hour histogram the other day driving from exit 25 down to exit 9. There's a paradigm shift, using realtime stats to measure my driving habits!

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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

Harvey
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I FIRMLY believe that (by law!) every car should have an instantaneous mpg gauge. It does change the way you drive. Plus if you really want that hummer, you'll see that you're getting 6 mpg in the test drive.

It's funny that I'm finding with the CRV I get off the highway after driving home from the mountains and I've got like 28.6 mpg on a pure highway tank (filled up at Scotty's Exit 16 on the Northway) and I can push it above 29 in traffic over the last 15 miles.  A light touch in stop and go can beat flying down the interstate.

"...at least I get to ski once in a while and no one is shooting at me."  -BigK75
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Harvey
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"...at least I get to ski once in a while and no one is shooting at me."  -BigK75
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Re: Toyota Prius: Impressions and Numbers

ml242
Prius as shown on the site: 32,650$
Passat Wagon TDI: 26,500$

Not having to be a smug subaru driver: priceless!

just kidding, I love subaru's. But someone tell me why it's silly not to just get the TDI (in dream land with my fantasy bucks)

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