By Another Matt on
2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This car definitely delivers on its
mileage promise. Like other reviewers,
I've been getting about 45-50 mpg in
regular driving. The most impressive
mileage I got was 53 on a roughly 500
mile journey -- did the whole thing
with one tank of gas. Mileage seems to
vary with weather (the engine runs more
in the cold).
I looked up a bunch of the patents
behind this car. Man those guys are
clever. The connection between the gas
engine and electric motor is truly
Continuous transmission makes driving
almost ethereal sometimes. 'Stealth'
mode is a cool feeling. And, of
course, the mileage & low pollution are
Nothing major. The funny location of
the shift doesn't bother me so much,
but it does obscure some controls.
More logical division of controls
between physical buttons and touch-
screen might be nice.