Gained 1-2 MPG

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Fuel Economy' started by Walker1, May 12, 2009.

  1. Walker1

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    Not sunny for 4 days and still raining. We were in a drought prior to this rain. I don't miss the N.E. weather.
     
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    I used 44/front and 42/rear tires.
     
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    I have the stock tires & it says max. is 44 lbs.
     
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    Here in FL the only hill for miles is the county dump.
     
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    So, I filled up today and calculated 44.4 mpg (the MFD read 44.5), which is 1.4 mpg over the last tank. I was a bit disappointed, but we'll see how the car and the driver "break in" over the next few tanks. My drive to work after the fill showed over 48 mpg, so I must be getting better at this.
     
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    You're so right about the corn. Our food prices went way up, the gas is S***t, and the worst part of ethanol is IT'S NOT A RENEWABLE SOURCE that we benefit from.

    I say dump the ethanol and tax those who drive vehicles that get poor milege much more. Perhaps they would get rid of their SUV's & overpowered trucks and buy a senseable vehicle. I don't include anyone who needs these vehicles for business purposes.

    Here in W. Palm it's about all I see- SUV's & pickup trucks with hemi's, etc.
     
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    Good to see the Southern Tier represented on this thread! I grew up just over the border in Towanda, PA and was back there for a wedding last weekend...my first road trip in the Prius (from Boston, MA).

    Good luck fine-tuning your driving skills for max. mpg...you'll get it with some practice. My daily commute is 11 miles and it took me about a tank of driving (450 miles) to figure out the finer points of operating this car for efficency. Have had some nice numbers in 5 tanks so far...current tank after 375 miles is reading 63.1 mpg on my MFD and I'm working towards 64 mpg with warmer temps. creeping in!

    Best of luck!
     
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    Wow! You certainly have mastered it with those numbers. How did you do overall on your roadtrip to the Northern Tier of PA? I was excited to see 50 mpg on the MFD when I pulled into the garage this afternoon!
     
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    My trip from Boston, MA to Towanda, PA was very poor in terms of mpg. I tried using the Super Highway technique from cleanmpg.com and I was not successful at all...52 mpg round trip over 800 miles. I thought I would be in the 55-56 mpg range at worst. Have some work to do with highway driving.
     
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    See, now I think 52 mpg is good. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. I'll have to tak a look at the Super Highway technique before I take my next long trip.
     
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    I'm too lazy to scroll up. What's your tire pressure and where are you buying gas? I take a 4mpg hit from certain brands in my area (Philadelphia). Especially Hess. I've found Sunoco and bp to be the best around here, but I've heard it varies state to state.
     
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    Tires are at 42/40 and I have been buying gas at the KwikFill. Is that not good gas? I've always bought it for my other cars and gotten at least the epa mpg without any special techniques or tire pressures.
     
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    I have no idea, but it wouldn't hurt to shop around. I'm getting 54-56mpg in a very hilly part of Philadelphia. Average rides are not much farther than 12-15 miles and it usually takes about 5 minutes to reach maximum efficiency. I don't hypermile or anything like that. I rarely even can pule and glide. The only thing I can recommend besides trying different gas is to be more careful with how you accelerate. Maybe get your wheels alligned?

    I don't know, I wish I could be of more help.
     
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    Everyone here has been so helpful! I'm not overly worried. Each tank gets better as the car and I get used to one another. :) The current tank is at 47, and that includes some very short hops. When you allow for the fact that the Touring gets a few mpg less, and that I tend to do 66-72 on the highway to work, it's not too bad.
     
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    Ditto, they need to tax all gas hogs every year with a federal and state tax. Then take that money and give folks a tax break that buy vehicles that get over 50MPG and a huge break for electric cars. People with 4X4s and large trucks need to apply for a permit to show their business or severe weather conditions mandate the use of such a vehicle.
    I drive to work and the roads are filled with large 4X4s passing me, weaving in and out of traffic, and with only a driver in the vehicle and no load.:mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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