The car has exceeded EPA estimates and we're delighted. Our average mpg combined local and highway with over 11000 miles traveled is 64 MPG. On one fillup we got 85.5 MPG over 716 miles traveled! 85.5...
The car has exceeded EPA estimates and we're delighted. Our average mpg combined local and highway with over 11000 miles traveled is 64 MPG. On one fillup we got 85.5 MPG over 716 miles traveled! 85.5 MPG represents careful, local driving with lots of charges at home and a few in town.
We've owned our 2014 Prius Plub-In Hybrid for almost 8 months, taken regular "long" trips, 200-400 miles one way. We've also done a lot of local driving, 14 miles one way, rarely with opportunities to re-charge before returning home.
Driving style upon purchase immediately became "competitive slow driving" to conserve EV and fuel, although there have been lots of cases where running late has resulted in hours of going at top highway speed for hours.
EPA estimate was 48 highway and 51 city mpg and 50 mpg overall. Without restricting ourselves to slow, prudent driving, we've easily exceeded that - and to get home we have to climb 2 miles uphill.
We also realized that the Prius needs Super/Hi-test gas and gives lots better mileage using Hi-test - eliminated the rattling in the engine going uphill and gives lots better gas mileage. We're fortunate to have a couple local stations that offer Super/Hi-test without ethanol. Using this gas costs a bit more, but probably increases our mpg by 10%.
Lastly, because we live in a snowy, icy location up-hill on a dirt road, and the Prius is not known for its traction, we put on studded snow tires at the beginning of November. Our MPG is somewhat reduced, but we've still averaged 55-60/mpg overall.
And, you can see, we're crazily obsessed record keepers.
Re other features, we didn't get the electronically adjusted seat and wish we had because I need wedge pillows on the seat to avoid pressure on the back of my legs driving and as a passenger.
Re complaints one sees about acceleration, we think those complaining must be 20-somethings who don't get it that people don't buy cars like the Prius to do a fast start, but rather are very interested in fuel consumption and being kind to the planet. We've driven, and loved, sports cars in our youth and are now delighted to engage in a different kind of sporting event: how far can one go on the least amount of gas. Our 135 trip home yesterday, starting out with a "full charge" and traveling mostly highway miles on studded tires was on 60 mpg. Merry Christmas to us!