Before the Prius:
1999 Hyundai Accent L, purchased new in 1999 for $8000. About 35 miles per gallon. Primary car, I drove it 50-100 miles a day.
1994 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD, purchased used in 2000 for $10,000. About 15 miles per gallon on a good day. Secondary car, my wife's commuter.
After the Prius:
2004 Prius, averaging... well, see my avatar for a current number. Primary car, I drive it 50-100 miles a day.
1999 Accent: Secondary car, my wife's commuter.
1994 Explorer: Camping/hauling truck. Only 2000 miles added since LAST July.
92 Acura Legend 4 dr V6 180K miles. Very reliable and a great freeway cruiser. Avg 18 mpg. Book called for premium fuel. Sold to private party in one day after 04 Prius arrived.
96 Chev Blaze 4dr V6. 65K miles. Avg 17 mpg on Reg gas. Kept for heavy hauling and the like. It gets driven about once a month.
before my first prius, which was a 2002, i drove a 2001 ford sporttrax , almost tripled the mpg when i finally got my 2002 , got a new 2005 in jan 2005 and really like it more room and better gas milage.
I had a Dodge Caravan 26mpg. I hated it from the day I got it. Dodge service sucks. I wouldn't go back or update my Classic Prius they did it right the first time.. the new one is no improvment :twisted:
I had a '93 Toyota T100 SR5 with the regular cab. I wasn't in the market to replace it until the '04 Prius was announced. The truck got only about 18 mpg, so I have tripled my mileage. When the pundits sayI could have saved $3000 by buying the comparable Camry or Corolla, my answer would be that I would still be driving my pickup. Adding in the 50 thousand miles on my Prius, the truck would now be at about 140 thousand, just nicely broken in! BTW, I sold the truck to a friend who had been wanting it for three years.
We had 2 Lexuses, a '94 and a '97. Sold the '94 ( with 75,000 miles), kept the '97. It now has over 70,000, but we have driven it less than 800 miles since December. Take "Sparky" everywhere. The Lexus was more comfortable on a long trip, but I just prefer the Prius. DOD
I traded a 2003 Highlander Limited / 40k miles for a 2005 Prius just last week...one week after my spouse purchased his Prius (2005 Silver). This may draw some boos and hisses...but here goes...I loved the Highlander. I was okay until I had to get into it one last time (the day after I traded it...drove it over the the audio shop to get my Sirius receiver removed). Bittersweet. Imagine that I'M the one who talked my husband into his new Prius! Before the stones are hurled...I happen to love my new Prius. Apples and oranges...the apples were just getting WAY too expensive!
We bought our '05 Seaside Pearl pkg 5 because we need something reliable for a driving trip to Canada this fall.
Since wife always gets the newest car, I inherit her '93 Ford Probe, purchased from original owner in '05. My vehicle, '90 Plymouth Voyager purchased from original owner in '92, is now demoted to mulch-hauler (or anything else too large or messy to transport in the Prius).
Kathy had foot surgery exactly one week after we bought the new car, so I've been driving it for most of the past month. Since the Probe has always been pretty good on gas (28-32 mpg), I'm curious to see if I can eke out a couple more mpg from it by applying some of the same techniques that work for the Prius (gentler acceleration, anticipating stops sooner & coasting more, etc.).