Prius mileage

September 13, 2007

Prius displayI filled my tank this morning as soon as it went “ding” to warn me I was getting low: 531 miles on 10.272 gallons. It’s been a while since I’ve done that well.

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Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to Prius mileage

  1. Jon,
    Perhaps its because you drive the Prius as it is intended to be driven: smooth acceleration, frequent in-city braking and lower speeds. Perhaps it is also because you don’t drive like so many Prius drivers, which seems to be with a sense of entitlement to speed and be rude, seeing as how they are saving the world. When I’m riding my motorcycle, I’ve learned to give Prius’ wide berths: they are often driven by unpredictable drivers.
    Dave

  2. Yup, reminds me of what we used to say about the Mercedes drivers in Germany. It’s the car that comes with “Eingebauten vorfahrt” or “built-in right-of-way.” 😉
    So Jon told me I should post what I e-mailed him here on the blog. It appears that even in Europe they are less than convinced that hybrids are a good solution.
    I wrote that one of our UK engineers posted a link to this article on our internal company blog: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/main.jhtml?xml=/motoring/2007/06/30/nosplit/mfprius30.xml when someone here at my company in the US said they thought we should consider getting hybrids as company vehicles.
    Interesting that the article claims that the true “energy cost” of the Prius is higher than an H3! Most of the folks that I work with talk about the ROI on a Prius purchase being worse than comparable non- hybrids. All in all, perhaps I should have just kept my 45mpg 1988 Ford Festiva, but I was afraid it wouldn’t even slow down any of the big SUVs and pick-ups they drive around here in Idaho! My thought is that if Detroit really wanted to build a 50mpg internal combustion engine they could. They just don’t think there’s money in it.

  3. Dave, I wonder if that means the Prius has become a new status symbol: “Look at me, I’m hip.” Look at him, driving to get attention instead of to reduce emissions.

  4. Randall, caution! The report referred to in that article was written by a marketing organization, did you pick up on that? Now everyone is quoting it, but I wonder who paid for it? Is there independent corroboration?
    I think you’re right about Detroit…