I Beat the EPA--Post 'em here

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Fuel Economy' started by efusco, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. DaveinOlyWA

    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    15,140
    610
    0
    Location:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Vehicle:
    2013 Nissan LEAF
    Model:
    Persona
    dcf:

    dont worry about what "normal" drivers think... most normal drivers drive like idiots

    also, i would rethink that leaving a second before the light turns green.
     
  2. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Ah, that explains it. I think I could match your effort if I went to that extreme. I think I'm going to have to settle for 61 MPG though. I travel during rush hour. I try not to upset other drivers. I do love the mileage game though. Currently at 61.1 with 435 miles on the tank. Here comes a new record. This week we've been going to lunch in someone elses car. That helps alot.
     
  3. bethmaup

    bethmaup New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2004
    57
    0
    0
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Although my tank doesn't show it, I apparently beat the EPA highway mpg on the way to Houston yesterday--though not spectacularly. The reason the tank doesn't show the higher amount was that I started out with 188 miles showing 46.4 mpg. When I got to the kids house in Houston 168 miles later the display showed 50.2. That means my highway mpg had to be over 55 mpg. It was night time, so most of the trip was at 65 mph (night time speed limit), with occasional time reaching over 70 and a several "reduce speed" places at 55mph. We also made a couple of stops. Our return trip this morning must have been about 52 mpg, because at 498 the MFD showed 50.7--so the mileage had to be enough over 50 to bring it up another half a mpg. The MPG doesn't swing nearly as wildly after 350 to 400 miles as it does earlier.

    It may not be fantastic, but I'm happy.

    Beth
     
  4. Keller Prius

    Keller Prius New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2004
    9
    0
    0
    Location:
    Keller, Texas
    Now that summer is back, my good mileage is back.

    My last two tanks averaged over 60 MPG. Here is my last tank and my first over 700 miles.

    Cheers,
     
  5. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Right on Kellerprius! Way to go!
     
  6. twdusa

    twdusa New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    53
    0
    0
    Location:
    Eastern North Carolina
    Best Tank Yet. Average City and Hwy combined was 60.6 mpg on the MFD with the last bar blink at 630 miles for the tank. Tank refill was 10.55 gals. The warmer temps seem to have helped bring my average up!
     
  7. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    TWDUSA----
    Way to go! We're getting a collection of 60+ MPG tanks here. Welcome to the club!
     
  8. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    My wife just beat the EPA estimates. In mixed driving she logged 648 miles at 55.4 MPG. She used 11.5 gallons to fill it. We have another one in the family. I'm at 754 miles and 61.7 MPG in mine.
     
  9. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,959
    11,471
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    goodness. Ray's just raking it in!

    congrats!
     
  10. matrum

    matrum New Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2005
    23
    0
    0
    Location:
    chicago
    I'm on my 2nd tank, and am currently stradling the 55mpg mark. I live in chicago and get way worse miles in the city than the highway. I get about 45-50 in the city and 55-70 on the highway (up to 65mph with some construction or accident stops)

    Is this because the car is new, or because chicago traffic sucks for mileage, anyone from LA, NY , DC have the same problem?
     
  11. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Final result was 768 miles @ 61.8 MPG. I could have gone a bit longer. My fillup was 12.5 gallons but I was taking my wife out and the timing wasn't condusive to running out of gas. Still a new record in both distance and mileage. The elusive 800 mile tank is still just out of reach. What was the EPA thinking when they made these estimates so low?
     
  12. DaveinOlyWA

    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    15,140
    610
    0
    Location:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Vehicle:
    2013 Nissan LEAF
    Model:
    Persona
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(matrum\";p=\"97468)</div>
    if you get way worse in the city, you need to work on your anticipation. no getting around the fact that the slower you drive, the better the mileage will be. the freeway is generally less stops, more room, easier to anticipate traffic flow because of the limited access scenario.

    remember that each time your foot touches the brake hard enough to slow down, you are gonna kill your mpg's. if you find your self coming to a stop or using your brakes at every traffic signal, your mileage will never improve.
     
  13. DanMan32

    DanMan32 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2004
    3,799
    23
    0
    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    70MPG average on the highway? What speed?
     
  14. vprius

    vprius New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2005
    42
    0
    0
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
    Well, in the "city" I can't come near the EPA. I actually live in the suburbs, which some think are great for mpg, but not here. Speed limit is 55-45 with lots of badly timed lights (they aren't in sync). Also the fact that most of my non-highway trips are 10min or less, and have to use AC, adds up to terrible mileage for my Prius. Best I get in town is 45mpg. Of course relatively speaking that is great mileage...any other car would pale in comparison! :D

    On the highway I get pretty much the what the EPA predicts 50-51. The posters that get in the high 50's or 60's must have ideal conditions. I imagine Texas Hill country is fairly rural?

    Anyone in So. CA getting these high numbers? I've noticed most of the high mileage posts are not from CA. Maybe this is due to our driving conditions and possibly gas formulation? :?
     
  15. hdrygas

    hdrygas New Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2004
    3,650
    6
    0
    Location:
    Olympia Wa
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    I thought I finally did it I had to fill up a little early with one non blinking bar because I had a longish freeway drive. I did the numbers on my spread sheet. :( My last tank I got 59.59 miles. :( I will continue to work on it. Some day soon.
     
  16. DanMan32

    DanMan32 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2004
    3,799
    23
    0
    Location:
    Tampa Bay, FL
    "Also the fact that most of my non-highway trips are 10min or less"

    That's the real problem.
     
  17. DaveinOlyWA

    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    15,140
    610
    0
    Location:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Vehicle:
    2013 Nissan LEAF
    Model:
    Persona
    WTG HENRY!!

    BUT... still got ya by a ¼ mile...hehehe
     
  18. micheal

    micheal I feel pretty, oh so pretty.

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    842
    2
    0
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    This is a repost of my post in the June MPG after hearing from several advanced drivers of the only several 1/10ths difference between MFD and actual.

    First June Tank (6/1/05 - 6/15/05)

    Temps have been pretty good, lows of mid to high 60's and highs in low to mid 90's. Usually been able to get away with not running the AC and I drove the car almost exclusively in residential streets, usually for 10-20 minute trips with 4 or 5 25 minute trips.

    Total ODO: 12570
    Tank Miles: 552.5
    Gallons: 9.445 @ $2.059
    Calculated: 58.5 MPG!
    Screen: 61.3 MPG !!


    After first 25 miles of refill screen indicated 64.0! I took about about a couple of 20 minute trips to outside of town and had 64.3 on these after resetting the MFD! This was even with a couple of miles of going 55-65!

    I am pretty confident that I can beat the EPA city estimates, at least in the milder months of the year. For better or worse though, my wife drives it most of the time and she has several strikes against her.
     
  19. Ray Moore

    Ray Moore Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2004
    857
    50
    0
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Michael-
    That's simply incredible when your age is considered as everyone knows that when you turn 25 your insurance rate goes down and your mileage goes up. Seriously, your doing great. Keep it coming.

    Oh, and the solution to your wife's mileage is a second Prius.
     
  20. micheal

    micheal I feel pretty, oh so pretty.

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    842
    2
    0
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Thank you, Thank you. First off, I would like to thank the Academy for this great opportunity and of course my parents....... :D

    I have to be honest, the Prius changed my driving style completely. I used to be the get there as fast as I can, get in front of everyone if at all possible. Thankfully, it didn't take long for the instant display to see how that affected MPG. Now I like taking the more scenic route, staying off the interstate if possible and arrive at a place at pretty much the same time. Especially with the way I see how the stoplights are timed in Lubbock (and most places).

    Sadly I have friends who still think drive as fast as you can, race off from stoplights and slam on the brakes. Needless to say, I don't like riding with them. Being a psychologist in training, I can truly appreciate the therapeutic nature of the Prius and off arriving at my destination stress free.

    Thanks for the encouragement, I will do my best! Financially, having a second Prius isn't an option at the moment, (Great solution though!!) but most likely our next car will be a Camry Hybrid or Highlander Hybrid as we get our family started. For now, I try to walk the walk by taking the local bus to school/work as much as I can and rarely drive our other car.

    I do think some are surprised when they zoom past me and expect an old man and instead see a young adult . So I wave when I pull up next to them at the stoplight! :)
     
Loading...