MPG driving in Los Angeles streets?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Fuel Economy' started by sherlockcrypto, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. sherlockcrypto

    sherlockcrypto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2019
    7
    3
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Does anyone know what a good mpg is for driving in LA streets? There are just so many stop signs that my 4 mile commute is taking 20 minutes and I have to drive through about 15 lights/stop signs.

    I am getting about 35 mpg and am hoping to get more in the 45 mpg range. So not sure if its my driving style or something I need to tune up in my car.
     
    elementnomore likes this.
  2. mikey_t

    mikey_t Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2019
    182
    210
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    I think you have to just do your best to cruise on battery power between the lights and stop signs. Short trips aren't good at all for mpg. I think a little extra air in the tires helps as well.
     
  3. Aaron Vitolins

    Aaron Vitolins Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2014
    1,425
    929
    0
    Location:
    Franklin TN
    Vehicle:
    Other Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    LA traffic is ROUGH for efficiency for all cars. 35 isn’t terrible for the conditions. Focus on coasting and braking as smooth as possible for best results. And like said above, pump up those tires. I do 40 psi all around.
     
  4. MelonPrius

    MelonPrius Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2017
    709
    445
    0
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Vehicle:
    2014 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Driving on local roads in LA have been my most challenging situation for mpg. Drivers tend to jack rabbit start and then brake hard, followed by jack rabbit acceleration, followed by stopping at a light. Rinse and repeat. You can get 50 mpg on that commute but it would entail pissing off every other driver on the road and giving Prius drivers an even worse reputation.

    35 seems bad, but for a 4 mile drive on a cold engine, it's not terrible.
     
    elementnomore likes this.
  5. elementnomore

    elementnomore Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2013
    133
    35
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    A mix of highways and local streets and I’m around 39 for the tank. West La to Pasadena on the 10 at 60 mph I’ll see 60 mpg.
     
  6. sherlockcrypto

    sherlockcrypto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2019
    7
    3
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    So I have been practicing my gas saving driving skills and have been able to get my mpg thankfully.
    Daily commute is 3.8 miles with an avg speed of 12 mph (LOL). best MPG i have been able to get has been 46 MPG using focused driving techniques. My commute is from East LA into DTLA and once I get into downtown, i have stop signs, homeless people and trucks that i have to avoid. This is after I have removed a lot of junk from my car to keep it lightweight.
     
  7. Too Old to Clean EGR

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2020
    9
    5
    0
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Much of the problem is likely the 4 mile distance. The car will not fully warm up and reach peak efficiency over that short a distance. Accelerating away from a stop a little slower will probably help. I normally get around 48 overall in Los Angeles city driving, maybe around 42 in streets with heavy traffic and lots of signals and stop signs but this is over a distance of more than 4 miles.
     
  8. Grit

    Grit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2017
    3,260
    2,665
    1
    Location:
    NorCal (Non Bay Area)
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    How much of a difference did it make?
     
  9. StarCaller

    StarCaller Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2014
    1,039
    550
    0
    Location:
    Cedar Crest, NM, USA
    Vehicle:
    2014 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    this ^
    what did you remove?
    how much of a difference?
     
  10. Jorge Rodriguez

    Jorge Rodriguez New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2020
    2
    2
    0
    Location:
    Miami
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    Hi everyone new Prius owner here , I have the same problem here in Miami Florida glad to see it's normal . BTW so far love this car
     
    ASRDogman and sherlockcrypto like this.
  11. sherlockcrypto

    sherlockcrypto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2019
    7
    3
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    I removed just the junk i had lying around inside the car - not too much weight, maybe about 100lbs of random stuff i had lying around in the trunk and glove compartment. I am also considering removing the rear seats / spare tire but decided to leave it in there since i have actually had to use my spare twice this year after driving over glass shards in LA. I think the biggest difference has been really focusing on your driving style and keeping a sharp eye on the mileage.

    I also bumped up my tire pressure to 38 PSI on all tires which i saw a 2-3 MPG improvement with not much of a discernible difference in driving quality.
     
    Aaron Vitolins and bisco like this.
  12. Triparadox

    Triparadox Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2019
    186
    96
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    100 lbs of junk. That's a lot! Also, I wouldn't recommend removing the seat. It's not worth it imo. The seat doesn't weigh so much (maybe around 15 to 20 lbs). Taking it off and back in when you need is is too much of a hassle.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
Loading...