Prius Fantasy Gas Milage
By harryn1 on
Vehicle2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
ReviewPrius is an excellent car, but the gas milage is not what Toyota claims, especially when you have to use the A/C like we do in Arizona, most of the year. The on board computer is very optimistic, when compared to the manual way (fill tank, drive, fill again to see how many gallons used, divide miles driven by gallons). It probably gets no more than any small sedan with a 1.5- 2.0L engine. However, it is very well made, an 8 yr warranty, and heavier feeling than smaller Toyota models. It has an ugly front end shape because they made it very streamlined. The trunk is very small, but seating is good.
Best FeaturesCompared to my former cars, gas consumption is very low, at least high 30's, but not 50 like they claim possible.
Worst FeaturesTheir 2004 model is supposedly bigger, cooler looking, but probably won't get the current body style gas mileage. The tires are low friction, and many have reported poor total miles per set, questioning whether the gas saved offsets the tires replaced cost.
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