2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

2004 Toyota Prius: Running to Empty...Eventually

January 29, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla
This weekend I was tasked with running the Prius til it was bone dry, but found it was a lot harder than I thought considering I wasn't going anywhere too far, just in and around town. The request to pack miles on the Prius was due to its odd inability to be sated -- the fuel gauge always displays that it's 3/4 full. So I drove to and from Long Beach, always took the long leisurely way round on my errands and floored it whenever the opportunity presented itself. What did I get for my efforts?.. 113.4 miles added to the odo and one bar taken off the fuel gauge. Woo. Being wasteful is hard work in the Prius, especially since it's not really a fun car to drive in the first place. If it were, the miles would be easier to accumulate and not the chore it was for the sake of this little experiment.

I know, fun is not the point of the Prius, but damn. However, for those who are practical and who just want something economical to get around town, it's perfect for ya. It's quiet, comfortable and in some cities you actually get free metered parking.

Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 46,924 miles

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