2007 prius getting 25mpg

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Fuel Economy' started by Darian, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Darian

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    would winter and heating up the car for 10 min drop my mpg to 25 from high 40s, I'm a newer prius owner, also I've noticed the car has started to feel like it's i guess jutting, or switching gears if i accelerate fast.
     
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    Cold weather and short trips are bad, we are in the 30's right now with that combo.
     
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    It depends on how cold the weather is, and how short your commutes are.
     
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    jutting is not normal.
     
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    10min is too long for warmup. Normally you don’t really need any warmup before driving. But even in extreme conditions less than 4min is enough.
     
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    Having the heat on in the car makes the engine run more to provide heat to the passengers. You can see this as my HV battery is always green (well charged) in the winter. So that is one factor.

    I suppose that could partially explain why living in warmer regions is harder on the HV battery. Winter seems to be a kind and gentle period due to the heater.
     
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    Bisco is right about the jutting not normal ...not sure what that is all about...but I'd check the brakes for sticking
     
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    Then in the winter you have to deal with the gas tank bladder. Your Prius will not hold as much fuel in the winter because of the gas tank bladder. I could only get six or seven gallons in mine when it was cold. In cold weather I was filling up at 300 miles. When warm weather came I could always get more in.
     
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    You can help that by just using minimum amount of heat. And blocking the front grill. One step above MAX COOL (16c or 61F) is easily warm enough in cold temperatures.

    After car has warmed fully (which does take very long (especially if you don’t have warm garage)) you can get pretty much the normal fuel economy even at -28c or -18F. You can also see that the hybrid battery function just as in summer after everything has warmed up and heater isn’t used too much.
     
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