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If you're really getting 31 mpg, you should take it back to the dealer and get it checked out. Maybe your battery isn't charging or engaging properly. I didn't have the mpg go below 35 driving in the mountains or the highways on a road trip.Report it
Consumer Reports and Motorweek both reported 37mpg.Report it
I own a 07 prius and at 80mph the car gets 38mpg W tx has plenty of interstate where you can set that CC and I had 3 devices to insure I was doing a righteous 80 mph. Range 420 miles 80mph over 550 miles 65mph. The worst mpg my lead footed wife can get our prius down to is 35 that is late for work burning the AC city driving, cold engine. I can usually get 60mpg when I try to but hold steady around 50mpg but I am a very conservative driver. With both our driving styles we usually get 42-45mpg per tank. MPG and price is very important go to fueleconomy.gov and use their fuel cost calculator tinker with the numbers a 20mpg car vs a 45mpg prius will mean the difference of around $10K per 100K miles at todays fuel prices of $3.50. Range is very important IMHO I see folks with V8 cars thinking they have such a great ride but I am sorry the trade off for a few seconds saved on an entire trip is just not worth the trade off of standing at a fuel pump over 2 times more time having to locat that fuel pump mandatory every 250 miles vs 550 miles. I also just can't wrap my head around driving a car that gets 30mpg and below only to save a few thousand on the front end of the purchase when the hybrid will recoup their higher cost in about 70K miles. Granted you have to put in the miles to make the purchase of a hybrid worth it my estimate is 15K miles a year or more. If fuel prices go down that makes less a difference and vehicles will get less efficient people are stupid they will start to buy less efficient rides if price of fuel goes down. As long as prices continue to be around $3.00 and up people will seek the efficient rides. Buying new prius so far has been your best bet used cars are not discounted enough to compensate for the miles driven. For instance my 07 after rebates etc $19.3K I find 09 selling for $15K with over 50K miles all the time. I am sorry I can't see the logic in going with a USED car for a HIGHER interest rate. If anything a used hybrid has greater liability a conventional auto has engine, tranny, hybrid adds a battery into the mix that has a shelf life no matter how you view it the batter will last so long the clock is ticking the moment they build it. If anything the hybrid should loose value quicker just on that fact alone unless the battery pack was serviced and is good to go another 9 years but I see dealerships selling used hybrids with years and miles on a batter pack that has a finite shelf life just the time alone should be discounted then a different formulation will have to come into play for drive train. True these are new types of cars I would suspect they would be better conditioning on the battery the more routine the car would be used that is if it is driven daily or at the very least weekly. Hybrids are becomming so plentiful they are finally starting to lower the asking price of used cars but they are no where near in range with depreciation of ICE only power trains.Report it
Agreed - I got 52 mpg driving home yesterday, 49 yesterday. In the (cold) mornings it's more like 41-43, but 31 is all you.Report it
You must have a lead foot. Any hybrid will get bad mileage if you stomp on it at every stop sign. I have a C-Max and consistently get 40-45 MPG for all types of driving. I tried a Pruis also, the C-Max is much better in terms driving experience, quality and acceleration. I agree, 47 MPG is optimistic but I won't complain wtih 40-45, I'm happy.Report it
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