What model Prius do you have? Has it recently been serviced?Marion said:I have had my Prius 5 weeks. It came with a full tank. I have filled it twice. I am averaging 38mpg. What happened to "50mpg"???
Hi Marion.Marion said:My prius a 2004 model, has under 1400 miles on it now. Living in the LA area, I drive "city" and Freeway in warm weather and have been using my air conditioner infrequently since I bought the Prius.
Panjandrum said:Well, one thing to remember is that the advertised mpg ratings of vehicles are totally inaccurate. I don't know how they come up with these things, but nobody ever seems to get anywhere close to the mileage estimates in any vehicle. I suppose somebody somewhere makes a few financial "donations" to the good folks doing the tests, and *poof*, the tests somehow return ridiculously inflated mileage estimates. I don't see how these estimates could be so far off "accidently", if you see what I mean; It's just hard believe that the consistently incorrect estimates, which always favor the automobile manufacturers instead of the consumers, are "accidental" in any way.
When I look at the blatantly fraudulent claims, oops, I mean "mileage estimates" on the window stickers, I multiply by approx .75 (in other words, I assume I'll only get 75% of what they claim I'll get) and I've found that this is surprisingly accurate).
Just placed an order for a new Prius today, I expect to get in the mid 40s.
WOW!!! You are the first poster I've seen with mileage as low as mine. (Around 38 mpg for the present tank, though as the weather warms up it is improving and I am near the end of the tank and this average includes some colder weather earlier.) I also have a short commute, around 10 to 12 minutes. -- And I also get much better mileage on those occasional longer drives.04preius said:I also get ~38mpg commuting.
My commute is all of 11 minutes long, which means practically all of my commuting is done while the ICE is just warming up, not in it's most efficient mode. That's true for ANY ICE.
it was a BIG disappointment, expecting to get 60 mpg city and getting 29 mpg instead in our bitterly cold January (short commute with the heater at full blast).
:shock: Sorry to say that, but your reasoning sounds really absurd to me !! You complain about poor fuel economy for short commutes during winter with the Prius, and talk about your previous vehicle that was achieving EPA estimates... under completely different circumstances. Owning a Prius does not exempt you from using your brain sometimes. The Prius WILL achieve window sticker mileage (and even more) in the same case.But my previous car (an '89 Civic) got exactly the mileage on the window sticker (measured on a long highway commute in summer)
I received a 2004 Prius in Nov. 2003. It is our third Prius. We are very disappointd with the MPG. Contrary to the advertisements, it gets 15-20% poorer gas mpg than either of our earlier model (2001, 2002) I checked these mileage figures while driving both the new model and older model in tandem, on highways, cities, combined and mountains. In all cases the older model was far superior. Highway: 60.1 in older, 47 in newer. City: 48 in older, 40 in newer. We are very sad that we traded our older model in on the newer. We have done everything to get the mileage up. No luck. I have contacted Toyota about returning the newer one in return for the earliar model. Turns out Toyota sold the older model line to a different manufacturer, so no luck. The dealer said that they would go with me in Arbitration to Toyota to get my money back under the terms of the lemon laws. Toyota said that they are aware of the problem and catching a lot of grief (rightfully so) particularly from the previous model owners who are all disappointed. Toyota said that they have a fix coming out in late summer. I guess we will wait and see. In the meantime, those whom I know who wish to buy a Prius I point them in the direction of a low mileage used older model. As of now the older model was a much better automobile.Marion said:I have had my Prius 5 weeks. It came with a full tank. I have filled it twice. I am averaging 38mpg. What happened to "50mpg"???