I can't see how you come to this conclusion. Are you assuming that some of the 48% of respondents that say they get 50 mpg or better aren't being truthful? Could be. But then, why would a box marked '43' make them decide to be honest? That wouldn't make sense. They already could have chosen 45 if they wanted to.hyperion said:You know from what I've read here, I think if the survey had a 43 mpg box fully 70 % would have checked it off.
After a year with the Prius, I'm increasingly convinced that the *single biggest factor in mpg* is the length of your average trip. Yours looks like about 15 minutes each way. This is fairly short, which means the ICE spends a lot of time warming up - especially in winter - which means lower mpg. Ambient temperature, tire pressure, oil overfills, driving style, topography and road surface can all have major effects on mpg, but if you have short trips in any kind of cold weather (even in the 40s), you simply won't get more the 25 mpg the first five minutes. This dramatically decreases mpg on 10- or 15-minute trips.Titanicman said:Now granted I live in Northern Iowa, but this has been a mild winter with temps above zero most of the time. The Prius is only getting 35 - 38 MPG. I don't jack rabbit start or stop, and I try to keep the mileage gauge up as high as I can. My work commute consists of 3 miles in town driving (25 - 45 mph) and 8 miles of highway speeds (58 mph). That's it.... I think the ICE runs most of the time and I can't figure out why. When I slowly pull away from a stop sign (using only electricity) it only goes to about 20 mph before the ICE kicks in. I know the heater causes the ICE to run more often, but I would really hate to see what I would get for MPG if it was really cold like other winters.
I think I knew your dad. Wasn't that before those fish with antlers went extinct?melgish said:
Well, actually they were only thought to be extinct. But then one was discovered off the coast of Madagascar in 1938. The fish was described by Miss Marjorie Latimer, the lady who first noticed it, as "the most beautiful fish I had ever seen, five feet long, and a pale mauve blue with iridescent silver markings." It was 14 years later before a second one was found. But as you can see, they do appear occasionally.Canadian Prius said:Wasn't that before those fish with antlers went extinct?
It's really a shame that such a wonderful creature cannot be preserved. But as long as the poor things keep climbing in trucks that get 8 mpg, what can you expect? They're their own worst enemy.sub3marathonman said:Well, actually they were only thought to be extinct. But then one was discovered off the coast of Madagascar in 1938. The fish was described by Miss Marjorie Latimer, the lady who first noticed it, as "the most beautiful fish I had ever seen, five feet long, and a pale mauve blue with iridescent silver markings." It was 14 years later before a second one was found. But as you can see, they do appear occasionally.
So THAT's what the extinction cancellation button on my 2001 Prius does!sub3marathonman said:
Well ... both scenarios are real world. I got real-world mpg in the high 30s around New Year's, shuttling relatives around Boulder. (It's a more compact city than Colorado Springs, hence lower mpg.) But the mpg for the entire tank, including the Boulder miles, was a real-world 50.fish_antlers said:
Glide is the state where there is nothing powering the Prius and no regenerative braking taking place. It is the most efficient state of the Prius because it is using its momentum to take you as far as it is possible to take you. This is useful if you are traveling down a hill, but see an uphill stretch ahead that your momentum can carry you part way up. However, if you are approaching a stoplight, then just taking your foot off the accelerator, or light braking will use your un-needed momentum to charge the batteries.rebal6 said:What is glide. We just bought our Prius and are experimenting with driving styles. For instance---If I see a stop light coming up, I take my foot off the excelerator and coast a much longer distance than I used to..to a stop. it seems in this case, the blue arrows always come on. Only when I am at a standstill do no arrows come on.