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New 06 prius -2nd tank -Gas light bar graph just started blinking & display said to fill up. I was wondering got 398 miles so far at 45.1 mpg- how much do i have left ?what should I expect on a 06 model as far a range & mpg ?
I am still learning how to drive it for max. fuel economy is 398 miles good ?
I had filled this tank till the pump stopped it -both highway & city driving
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Get gas. Some people have gone a hundred miles on the flashing pip. Others have run out of gas in fewer than 20 miles.

As you'll learn, the Prius gas gauge is extremely non-linear. We got 502 miles on our most recent tank, but only about 25 of those miles were on the next-to-last pip, and the last pip started flashing within 10 miles.

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Get gas. Some people have gone a hundred miles on the flashing pip. Others have run out of gas in fewer than 20 miles.

As you'll learn, the Prius gas gauge is extremely non-linear. We got 502 miles on our most recent tank, but only about 25 of those miles were on the next-to-last pip, and the last pip started flashing within 10 miles.
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...how much do i have left ?
Depends on how soon you have to get where you are going, and what the weather is. If you're in a hurry, or if it's teeming rain, then you'll run out almost immediately after the pip starts blinking...

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I have to echo the sentiments of the previous posters.
But would like to add that every Prius is different, I would recommend that you experiment when you have the time and a full gas can
to see just how far you can go with your particular Prius.

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you guys are right i just filled up & it took 10.4 gallons -wow that was close-i would like to get better mileage on a tank but this is only my 2nd tank-any suggestions?
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Since tank capacity will vary with weather, gas station, and many other factors, don't bother to worry about miles-per-tank. It's a meaningless measure, and pursuing it is only asking for trouble. Worry about miles-per-gallon: that's what tells you how you're doing.
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Congrats on the new car. If you are interested in driving "carefully" as opposed to normally, you can get better mileage and longer tank ranges. To me, driving normally is accelerating moderately to quickly to at least 5 MPH over the speed limit. It is also not paying particular attention to either cars or traffic lights (when it may have changed) well ahead of you and as a result, accelerating to the last moment and using brakes to deccelerate rather quickly. It is driving 70-80 MPH on a 65 limit highway. I witness this kind of driving all the time! Anticipate the traffic flow ahead and light changes. The idea is to minimize stop and go.

A good technique is Pulse and Glide: Accelerate normally, not slow, not fast until you get up to the speed limit, say 40. Then, if you're on a fairly level stretch, you can let up all the way on the gas and then accelerate lightly. If you look at the Energy MFD while doing this, the goal is to have no arrows flowing. This is the most efficient state. As you gradually lose speed, accelerate again and repeat the process. It does take concentration but if you're committed to it, you'll get used to it and get results.

I also like to flip the gear into N whenever I'm on a slight downhill (again, no arrows showing--most efficient). It may only last for 1/2 mile until you need to accel. again, but this method can add up through a tankful.

As mentioned here often, inflate the tires higher than normal (35/33). Go to 44/42 or 42/40.

Try not to use the A/C often.

Winter MPG is 10-15% lower.

Big hills are MPG killers. For a hill that has the same ascend and descend terrain, you will use twice the gas going up as you recover on descent...it doesn't equal out. But if you normally do a hill (as I do), with the above techniques, you'll still do well.

I average 53-54 MPG in spring, summer and fall, and 48 in winter. My tank range is 450 to 530. I top off the tank just a little--a few clicks. I sometimes go to a flashing pip, but usually fill up when the last pip is not flashing.
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I have to echo the sentiments of the previous posters.
But would like to add that every Prius is different, I would recommend that you experiment when you have the time and a full gas can
to see just how far you can go with your particular Prius.
For an example of how different different Priuses are: I've never gotten anything close to 10.4 gallons in our tank. The most has been 9.5 - and I'm almost positive the station was shorting us that time. In our tank, 9 gallons is a lot, even with filling slowly, taking the nozzle out after it clicks off and reinserting it, standing there doing nothing like a moron, etc.

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As you will discover, your gas gauge can show you have a full tank when you don't. Sometimes you will get 130 miles out of the first pip, other times you will go 50 miles (meaning that the tank was not really full, even tho the gauge said it was). My hunch is your "full tank" was shy a gallon or two when you started so your mileage appeared to suffer. Typically, measured mileage is within 5 mpg of what the computer says you are getting. If it's much more off, you probably didn't start with a full tank.
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