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Hello everyone,

Just bought a brand new 2007 prius-and am very excited to say that my first car is a hybrid. I've only had it a few days (put about 50 miles on it), but I was curious why the average mileage was reading 33 or so.

If there was already a post on this, I apologize. Is this normal? Something to do with new tires? It would suck to get the same mileage as some pure gas engines.
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Congrats on joining the Hybrid club!
First, I recommend you read through some of the experiences here, on PriusChat, and on GreenHybrid to learn some nice things about your new hybrid. These include how to program your smart key to open all doors instead of just one, how to turn off your backup beep, and what that circle on the front bumper is for.
Then look through the FE postings. Fuel Economy is a big deal to hybrid owners, and the first thing you learn is that what you're getting right now means almost nothing. Your average is probably going to be closer to 45 than 33 or 60, but as you'll see from GreenHybrid, there are many people who get up there in the 60mpg range. 50 miles is not a good characterization, so don't lose heart. When you've gone through your first few tanks, then you'll have a better idea of what to expect, and after you read more from these sites, you'll get even better.
Again, welcome to the club!
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Sounds like you drove it less than 5 minutes at a time during your 50 miles. First 5 minutes or so the Prius is in a warmup stage, yielding only about 30 MPG. It picks up drastically after the warmup is complete.

And if you are in a cold area requesting heat, you compound the situation, since to efficiently warm the cabin, the coolant/engine has to be sufficiently warmed up, so ICE will run more during stops to get warmer quicker where if you didn't ask for heat, ICE would have shut down.
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BenB,

I have just finished my first year with my 2006. It now has 20,250 miles on it. My wife and I share it and I get to drive it every other week. I get
52.5 MPG. When my wife drives, she gets about 46 MPG. I use Pulse and Glide, she just drives it like any other car we have owned. How you drive will make a big difference. During a "crazy" period when I was obsessed with mileage, I got 59.9 MPG, however everyone behind me on the freeway was ready to kill me. I decided never to let MPG over ride safe driving habits again. Some general observations. (1) Mileage seems to get better the longer you have the car. (2) How you drive the car makes a big difference. (3) Outside temp makes a difference. (4) Tire pressure can make a difference. I favor 39/37. A few of my friends use 41/39. What I do know is that 35/33 can end up 32/30 after a cold night.
That will make a difference.

Enjoy your Prius. You will learn a lot about your car if you read this board on a daily basis.

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Hi BenB... and Welcome aboard PriusChat.

On my previous 2004 Prius [almost rhymes ], the MPG didn't start to get really good until about 4,000 miles and as I recall the gains were fairly steady. My 2007 has only 1,500 miles, so it's too soon to reach a conclusion in its MPG results.

Short trips around town were always low and, contrary to the EPA estimates, my best always were freeway driving with or without cruise control. I believe your MPGs will improve with miles, time and your becoming accustomed to the Prius.
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the useful info - without changing anything the mileage did indeed pop up. I got 50 mpg today. Very happy with the Prius - but it still wigs me out a bit when the gas engine goes off, I keep thinking the car stalled!

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You'll quickly get used to that. Then when you drive a conventional vehicle (or even if you are a passenger in one), you'll be anticipating the engine shutoff that never happens, and that will make you uncomfortable.
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