New to Prius v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon, not an uppercase v)

Discussion in 'Prius v Fuel Economy' started by Engz, May 18, 2017.

  1. Engz

    Engz New Member

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    Hello guys. I just bought a preowned 2013 Prius v (lowercase v for the Prius v wagon because only 2010 Prius used uppercase Roman numerals for model designation) Five with 38k miles. When I first drove the car. The MPG on the dash was stuck to 41.1mpg. I took it down all the way to empty. Once I filled up, the gauge started to fluctuate. I'm guessing after the fill up, it resetted.

    The highest I am seeing is 32mpg. I've been working on my pulse and glide technique and acceleration during take off. I have been driving the car pretty smooth lately.

    The weather has been above 80 here in NYC. And I made sure all 4 tires were at 44psi.

    My question is which has been bugging me is....

    I just want to know if anybody else or has anyone seen numbers like these before? 29mpg to 32mpg?

    Do I need to drive more miles to get a better reading?

    Does this car have a problem?
     
  2. Sooner Al

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    MPG around town or highway speeds?

    Around town I get 45+ MPG. On the interstate I get 39-41 MPG or so...

    The dash MPG indicator is tends, at least with our car, to register 2-3 MPG high. You should manually calculate the MPG over a number of tank fill-ups.
     
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  3. Air_Boss

    Air_Boss Senior Member

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    Our 2012 Prius v Five indicates 42.4 lifetime MPG.

    Tire Pressures: 40-42psi Front, 39-41 psi Rear.

    Driving technique is 'driven', conventional, nothing special, 65-70 on the highway, traffic permitting.
     
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  4. Engz

    Engz New Member

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    Well lately I have been taking my girl to work which is driven in town. Stop and go traffic in the morning time which is 5 miles there and 5 miles back.

    I'm sure it's because of the short distance driving. I have been trying to hit the highway, put in some miles and see if anything changes.

    I know the previous owner lives in Long Island so I'm sure she was driving more distance than the type of driving I'm using it for.

    I was just curious because I want to make sure the car has no issues. I just got it last Saturday.

    Question: The MPG does reset after refills?
     
  5. Air_Boss

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    MPG does not reset on refill (can be reset manually when vehicle is at a stop, using the steering wheel "DISP(lay)" switches), but the DTE Distance to Empty (Range) on a full refill does evolve, reflecting most recent cumulative MPG.
     
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  6. Sooner Al

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  7. Engz

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    I actually was able to get the Prius on the highway for a 40mile ride each way.

    And alllll is good. I was able to hit 44.1mpg.

    I guess it was just the stop and go traffic in the city that lowered my mpg by alot.
     
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  8. bisco

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    congrats, all the best!(y)
     
  9. Air_Boss

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    There ya go!
     
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