2016 Toyota Prius: August Fuel Economy Update - Impressive Range
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on August 10, 2016
It's been two months since we reported the fuel economy of our 2016 Toyota Prius. That's not necessarily due to laziness (although I'm not ruling it out). As James mentioned in the Prius's last update, it takes a while for this thing to need fuel. Our data set just isn't growing that fast.
In June and July, we added 1,812.5 miles to the odometer and filled the tank six times. The Prius averaged 46.6 mpg over that distance. That's down a full two miles per gallon from what James reported two months ago. Granted, we're less than 5,000 miles into the test, but it's a little worrying to see the Prius nearly 5 mpg off its EPA combined rating.
The Prius has had its moments, though, like when Josh extracted 209.2 miles from 3.66 gallons of gas for the current best tank of 57.2 mpg. Fuel capacity is 11.3 gallons, so a 600-mile tank seems gettable. We'll see what we can do.
Worst Fill MPG: 42.3
Best Fill MPG: 57.2
Average Lifetime MPG: 47.6
EPA MPG Rating: 52 Combined (54 City/50 Highway)
Best Range: 381.3 miles
Current Odometer: 4,269
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 4,269 miles