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GasitupJB
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Message Posted: May 25, 2009 12:56:02 AM

The EPA estimates and manufacturers' are a good barometer BUT, what MPG/MPL did you really get on your last tank of fuel?
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drydem
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 5:15:06 PM

@reb4... two modest proposal ...
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(1)

IF you have only a one mile one way commute AND
you have a garage with an electrical outlet AND
electricity is not too costly AND
you are considering another vehicle
THEN
considered a used 2010 Nissan Leaf
whose price has dropped to less than 1/3 its new price

A Nissan Leaf gets from 3.5 to 6.5 miles per kilowatt/hour of charge
Reportedly a Nissan Leaf gets about 65 to 85 miles/full charge
with lower energy efficiency occuring during the winter time.
.


(2)

IF you have a Prius that you still want to drive in short trip AND
you want to increase your Prius' fuel efficiency for short trips AND
you have 45 minutes to prepare your Prius before a short trip AND
the Prius is in a garage with an electrical outlet
THEN
you can install a Toyota OE
400W engine block heater (EBH) in your Prius.
Preheating the Prius with a EBH for 45 minutes in your garage
before starting each short trip
will increase your fuel efficiency dramatically.
Toyota's EBH are marketed to our friends up north but it sounds
like you might be able to use it too. :-)


[Edited by: drydem at 3/5/2015 5:18:34 PM EST]
94Rod
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 6:51:37 AM

22.9 mpg on my 2014 Honda Accord V6 Coupe Manual Transmission.
mnrick041
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 8:34:36 PM

18.3 on my 2014 Escape, 2.0 liter.

Subzero temps every morning
Edger
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 3:25:01 PM

18.7 V6 Mitsubishi
Tucsonhomes
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 1:49:24 PM

A little over 32
Vin63
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:10:26 AM

41.2 mpg
WEDDY
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 8:49:53 AM

35.9, 2013 Honda Fit.
poetdog73
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:26:01 AM

30mpg
litesong
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 7:43:49 PM

mtnrambo wrote:
9 mpg, 2009 H2 Hummer
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litesong wrote:
You could get almost 10mpg, if you used 100% ethanol-free(E0), 8%, 7% or 5% better range & you would have a trace more low rpm torque.
boborobot
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:23:38 PM

35 mpg on a 1991 Toyota Corolla with 208,000 miles.
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:14:42 AM

just under 25 with the cross trek, a wide variance of driving conditions, first about 120 miles of cold weather stop-and-go, then a wind-aided 125-miler on I-90
mtnrambo
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 11:01:17 AM

9 mpg, 2009 H2 Hummer
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:47:47 AM

21.7 malibu
Mikey90280
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 4:16:27 PM

1999 Ford F-150 5.4 V8- 16.75 mpg :(
Mahalo5
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 4:11:47 PM

My car meter said 20.5 mpg but I actually got 17.1
reb4
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 9:16:56 AM

Dreyden, nice... I've been stuck at 33. Unfortunately using 2010 Prius for commuter to tran station.. about a mile commute (hey, it's cold and snow) and many times driving with my wife...Just got gas and noticed my tires are low... so will check that out tonight...

I would be perfect candidate for plug-in for my commute... :-)

WEDDY
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 8:53:27 AM

35.97, 2013 Honda Fit. The gas mileage tracker on the car claimed 36.7.
94Rod
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 5:50:31 AM

2014 Honda Accord V6 Coupe Manual Transmission. 22.9 mpg
fan2love
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 4:52:12 AM

About 41 mpg
drydem
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:36:03 PM

2010 Toyota Prius III ,51 mpg, 499.6 miles, 9.635 gallons 87 octane E10
from 2/3/15 to 2/21/15, on board computer estimate average speed 20 mph

100% grill blocking, 44/40 psi tire pressure, average driving temperature about 25 F degrees.
dustincredible
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 5:22:29 PM

15.6 mpg on a 2012 Ram 1500 4x4 Hemi.
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 11:01:30 AM

on the mini, below 30, and on the cross trek, below 25, record lows for both, just like out temperatures...
xmstr
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6:42:10 AM

'04 Mazda 6 (2.3L, 5 Speed) - EPA Estimate: 29 MPG hway; Actual ~28.5 MPG overall, mostly hway driving 75+MPH on a car with over 188K miles.
oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 11:04:07 PM

litesong sez...
Back in the 80's people would brag about their mpg from their cheap cars. Now, they brag about their mpg from their expensive cars. The auto manufacturers covered the "mpg/auto cost gap"!

** Must be different in other area's...
In 1979 I bought and drove off the showroom floor... A new Corvette, gas mileage maybe 14 on a good day. Car cost...$15000.00 Gas was under a buck !!!
Then in 1980 I added a 1980 Trans-Am to the stables for an additional $9,000.00

Point being... They were not considered "Cheap" cars.

35 years later I'm driving a VW TDI $25,000.00 new...With all things being considered.... I was driving a lot more expensive vehicles in the 80's than I am now, paying a lot less for gas.

Maybe I don't fully understand the definition of "Cheap or Expensive"

A new Prius can cost $30,000.00....A used Mercedes can also sell for $30,000.00
Which is cheap and which is expensive? Of course there are those that are stuck in the 70's looking for $5,000.00 cars.




[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 2/17/2015 11:05:12 PM EST]
chapz
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:48:26 AM

36 mpg 2012 Smart FourTwo
ProfDude
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 3:09:49 PM

32 mpg

586 miles over a 14 hour period; some urban (Washington DC) driving

Mostly high-speed (70+) highway miles with a fully loaded car (3 adults, luggage, food, etc.)

Winter temps, some rain, sleet, snow and mountains

EPA rated 23/32; averaging 31+ mpg overall

2008 M-B E320 V-6 3.0L turbo-diesel (118,000 miles)

lilmx5guy
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 1:20:19 PM

Only 30.2 last tank, supposed to get 27/38. But it's winter and Inwarm up the car with remote starter, so that's to be expected.
HideMKE
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 12:03:12 PM

23.4 mpg on 1999 audi A4 1.8T
RASfuel
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:52:56 AM

35.3 mpg on my 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
mnrick041
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 7:40:25 PM

20.48 on my 2014 Escape
Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2015 6:43:08 PM

I'm getting around 150% of what the epa says my car should get.

[Edited by: Mikeyy1960 at 2/9/2015 6:43:19 PM EST]
drydem
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2015 6:32:59 AM

litesong wrote:
Back in the 80's people would brag about their mpg from their cheap cars. Now, they brag about their mpg from their expensive cars. The auto manufacturers covered the "mpg/auto cost gap"!

my 2 cents:
People buy more expensive cars for more than their mpg. If you are buying a car based on cost alone - the biggest cost is for financing the vehicle itself - so buying a used car with cash is the overall least expensive method of owning a car. The next big expense is repair so buying a reliable car is more important than buying a high performance car - hence operating a Toyota Corolla is cheaper operating a Chrysler Sebring. The cost of fuel efficiency and insurance are often variable cost in ownership... some cars are really cheap to insure while others are expensive to insure. The cost of fuel goes up and down based on the speculative forces that drive the oil futures contract market.
Some days you are on top of the hill other days you are in the dog house.

About two years ago, my 2010 Prius got about 44 mpg going about 75 mph in the rain with head winds of about 15 mph along the Ohio Turnpike in the late Spring using E10 - which is cheaper per gallon than diesel but has a lower energy content/density than diesel. With respect to MPG at speed over 65 mph - a TDI and a Prius are about evenly matched. However, the Prius regenerative Braking and Stop-Idle tech give it an edge over the TDI in stop and go traffic and at speeds under 40 mph - while reducing its exhaust emissions to 1/2 of that of a regular car, like e TDI.
The only gasoline based vehicle that has an exhaust emissions as low as Prius is a Smart Fortwo.
drydem
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2015 5:47:11 AM

litesong wrote:
Looking at Consumer Reports, Prius is a spectacularly built auto with excellent repair statistics for various systems...... except for electrical systems. Does that mean the battery packs are giving trouble?

short answer: No.

Long answer:
The HV battery packs are working reasonable well. How well? The HV battery pack for the 1st generation Prius started to failing after 11 years but not all of them are dying at once... it appears that how the car is used determines the lifespan of the HV Nicad battery. Some of the original all-electric RAV4 are running on their original batteries too - the lifespan of Nicad HV batteries appears to be dependent on usage too. The 12VDC battery of the 1st generation Prius last from 5 to 8 years which is a bit longer than normal 4 years for a regular car because a 12vdc aux battery on a Prius doesn't work as hard.

The HV battery packs for the 2nd generation Prius normally are still working unless it has been upgraded with a plug-in HV (some of the early one have caught on fire during recharging). The few reports of 2nd generation Prius battery systems going bad suggest that that the battery inverters are prone to failure if the battery inverter cooling system goes bad (the battery inverter has its own cooling system).

The HV battery packs for the 3rd generation Prius normally is still working unless the HV battery inverter cooling ports are covered up during the summer (this happened to a taxi fleet in Greece).

Common electrical problems on a 1st generation Prius that I've read about deal with things like the power window motors dying (by comparison ... after 18 years of life one of my 1990 Honda Accord's power window motor died). The only 3rd generation Prius electrical problem I have had is with the 12VDC accessory power adapter which is rated for only 100w and really can't take more than 80W without blowing a fuse. I've bought several 12vdc portable tire air compressor and they all end up blowing the Prius 12vdc accessory power adapter's fuse... I finally gave up and got a bicycle tire pump.

HTH
Walter Lee
My 2010 Prius mileage long can be found on Fuelly dot com
under HyperDrive One and on CleanMPG dot com under HyperDrive 1
poetdog73
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2015 12:04:57 AM

30mpg + in city! '05 Toyota (253.000+ miles on it & runs like new!!)
litesong
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 10:00:01 PM

46.5 MPG 2013 Passat TDI.....always cost more to drive in the rain. (running 80 MPH)......
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litesong wrote:
Back in the 80's people would brag about their mpg from their cheap cars. Now, they brag about their mpg from their expensive cars. The auto manufacturers covered the "mpg/auto cost gap"!
litesong
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 9:37:56 PM

drydem wrote:
2010 Toyota Prius III. 52.7 mpg....
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litesong wrote:
Looking at Consumer Reports, Prius is a spectacularly built auto with excellent repair statistics for various systems...... except for electrical systems. Does that mean the battery packs are giving trouble?
fan2love
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 8:19:46 PM

6.9 or 40.6 mpg
hooky
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24.44 mpg
drydem
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2015 7:17:59 PM

2010 Toyota Prius III. 52.7 mpg = 539.7 miles/10.233 gallons from 1/17/15 to 2/3/15 in the DC Metro Area. About normal for me at this time. Gas is 2.099/gallon ... hooray

[Edited by: drydem at 2/3/2015 7:21:11 PM EST]
mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2015 4:03:47 PM

16.5mpg in my F350 diesel
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15.4 pulling a U haul trailer.
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 8:45:53 PM

cross trek most recently 26.1... the mini, which gets certified 40-plus during the summer (I've got the figures, over 1,600 miles at one stretch)... this time got only 27.6... whew, lotta slow, snowy driving... my personal gas chart includes a "grade" for driving conditions, most recently c+ for the "trek," and c- for mini... just realized I repeated myself, sorry

[Edited by: Mininana at 2/1/2015 8:46:57 PM EST]
JohnCur
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22 mpg 3.8L Impala...mostly short trips
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Around 18mpg for my pickup.
GasitupJB
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27.4 AWD 2012 Equinox
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42.5 MPG 2011 Ford Fiesta (EPA 29/33/38) Mostly Highway
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42.8
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37.3
juniperus98
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7.2 L/100 km (39.2 mpg)
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35.3
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2012 Smart FourTwo 35.1 mpg
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