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Could you tell me how long the trip was that you used for your test? I'm trying to convince my husband to buy a hybrid but he's convinced it won't be worth it since we have to drive 40-50 miles each way to work and school every day.

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... I'm trying to convince my husband to buy a hybrid but he's convinced it won't be worth it since we have to drive 40-50 miles each way to work and school every day.

Manday, I drive 35 miles (mostly interstate) each way to work, and it's a WONDERFUL car! I'm getting 48 miles per gallon usually, compared to the 26 or so in my other car.

What does your husband consider in deciding if the purchase is "worth it"? Gas savings alone? True, you probably won't make up the entire difference in price by saving gas. Or maybe you could, since gas prices are going up so quickly now. I've saved about $100 in gas in 3 months, and driven 3500 miles.

What about emission reduction? That's a factor to consider, too. There's far less burden on the environment with a Prius. Low VOC paint and materials, and WAY lower emissions per mile than ordinary internal combustion engines. Although it feels "more expensive" to have a Prius, it's just that the owner is paying more of the cost. Other people and the environment pay the cost of ordinary cars through increased smog, health effects and environmental harm.

Tax savings? $2000 Federal tax deduction in 2004, and a deduction in 2005 as well.

There's really a lot there to consider in buying one. Keep talking to him!

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An04Prius,

Could you tell me how long the trip was that you used for your test? I'm trying to convince my husband to buy a hybrid but he's convinced it won't be worth it since we have to drive 40-50 miles each way to work and school every day.

Thanks,

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i don't get it, is he expecting it to be more worth it with less miles travelled? Car works best driving longer distances, say over 20 miles per trip. I drive 48 miles one way to work, mostly on US19, a major road with traffic lights spaced about 2-5 miles apart, averaging about 45 MPH. This is the ideal driving conditions for this car. You usually go electric througfh short term traffic jams, and you don't waste fuel idling at stops unless it needs to for heat in the cabin.
Highway driving often gets mid 40's or higher, but still is substantial compared to other cars.
When I first got the Prius, I complained about getting 45-48MPG. Those I complained to thought I was crazy, that I was getting fantastic numbers.
I think my MPG at the time was playing with the NAV/MFD in park, with the A/C on during summer. Also drove 60-70MPH often on the highway, which lowers MPG compared to secondary road driving.
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An04Prius,

Could you tell me how long the trip was that you used for your test? I'm trying to convince my husband to buy a hybrid but he's convinced it won't be worth it since we have to drive 40-50 miles each way to work and school every day.

Thanks,

Manday
the test trip was one I take regularly. 150 miles.

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We went on vacation last summer to Yellowstone from L. A. The car was fully loaded. Two suit cases (7 days worth of clothes for two. All our camera gear, two folding chairs, ice chest, food box, six inch telescope, tripod, case of books, parkas (it gets cold there at night), two pillows (canít sleep on hotel foam pillows). We left the trunk bottom cover ( to secret compartment) home to get more room overall. The sliding cover still covered the trunk, The ice chest and food box sat on the rear seats, and camera gear sat on the rear floor.

The temperature one the way to Provo (650 miles) was between 102 to 110 degrees. The air conditioning worked perfectly (set to 73). The first 150 miles the speed probably averaged about 60 mph. The rest of it was at 75 mph, the speed limit on highway 15 is mostly 75 mph. The indicated MPG on the MFD display was 47.5 mpg, not too bad in my opinion. Used cruise control the whole way.

Averaged 47 mpg the second day also. For the two weeks in the park the average was 56.7 mpg. The park speed limits are 25 to 45 and you canít (and should not) drive any faster. What more could one want?

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