range per fill up

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  1. dave-waterloo

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    Hi basic question but I’m deciding if a prius v is for me and I was wondering how the range per tank on a prius V compared to say to a 2016 Civic, or jetta 1.4 t or diesel?


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    If you don't drive like a bat out of hell, about 490-500 miles per tank.
     
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    I carry a car full of cargo, and try to get gas with 50 miles left, so 360 miles for me.
     
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    350 is my max reading10 miles or less on the monitor before filling up.
     
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    440 mile range at fill-up, and pretty close to that in practice.
     
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    would that not be kilometers in waterloo?
     
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    Do your homework, gather up the following data, any car:

    1. The rated mpg for the car, deduct at least 10% to more closely approximate reality. Or better: visit Fuelly.com, see what owners are reporting.
    2. The gas tank capacity. Then, consider your "tolerance" for running the tank low, ie: are you a risk taker, or do you prefer to fill up sooner? Adjust tank "capacity" accordingly.

    Then, multiply #1 by #2.

    My rough take, for a 2014 prius v: 360 miles per tank:

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    I saw in another thread that the brand of gasoline may impact Prius V mileage. I bought my 2012 Prius V with 50K miles and it was getting 410 total miles to the tank. Now it has 180,000 miles and is getting 375-380 per tank. I have been going to 76 lately for gas.

    Anyone getting more miles to the tank with another brand of gas?

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    I doubt a different gas station will make a difference. Also, calculating your mpg is LOT more accurate than miles-per-tank.

    Have you ever cleaned the intake manifold and full EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) circuit? By 180K miles you could be running on borrowed time, due to carbon clog-up. Should really be adressed by 100K miles, by all reports.
     
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    We saw an estimated 411 miles on the last tank filled, and have seen pretty much the same, in a range of 390-420, since 2012, with gas all over the East Coast of the United States.
     
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    40 mpg is a joke,,never got that low ever in 6 years.
     
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    Mind you, you live at sea level in a climate with mild summers and mild winters.
    If you lived a mile above sea level in a climate that involves snow 10 months a year, 40 MPG might be a joke you will never rise to.
     
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    Are you referring to his 'v', not your 2005 Liftback?
     
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    Tanks are designed with a reserve which is where the Empty warning comes on. A splash area which allows for pump variances and prevents splash back in the vapor recovery portion of the emissions controls. And then there is what is left and that is the area of usable volume. Having just gone through this on a Rav4 hybrid with a defective sensor, the 14.5 gallon tank has a usable area between the E signal and the pump shut off of "about 9.8 gallons or more".
     
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    try mobil, i have had the best
     
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    While it can have some impact, there are numerous other fuel variables that have impacts -- seasonal blending requirements, geographic requirements, and even batch-to-batch variations from the same refinery. Then, there are often many more brands in many markets than there are local refineries, so many brands will be sharing the same available refinery base stocks, just adding in their own additive packages at the distribution points.

    Then to add complexity, different geographic markets have different refinery assortments available, so the sharing arrangements in your market are likely different than in mine, so we could easily get different brand-vs-brand results.

    Then to add even more complexity, within a market, these base stock fuels are sometimes shared or swapped, depending on local supply and demand and geographic convenience, and varying depending on which refinery(ies) is shut down for regular maintenance/upgrade turnarounds. It is basically an interchangeable and trade-able commodity.

    So whatever brand-vs-brand differences you see at one time and place, may well not be the same as another time and place.
     
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    Min. 350 (winter short runs) 470 (hot summer) Honest 420 average, not using reserve.
     
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    I calculate my average mileage at every filling...no. miles driven since last full fill-up / total gallons required to fill tank to full. Historically, my 2016 PriusV gets 44-51 mpg. The higher mileage is attained with predominantly in-town driving (<55 mph). The lower mileage is attained with predominantly interstate and highway driving (>55 mph). I can count on 46-47 mpg per tank unless I do a lot of interstate driving, like on a road trip. Peak Winter/Summer driving (in NC) drops this 1-2 mpg. I don't pay attention to the low fuel notification light. I just use 440 miles as my "must refill by" point (44 mpg x 10 gal). I should always have a little left this way.

    In responding to the question about types/brands of fuel vs. mileage, as I said, I monitor my fuel consumption at every fill-up, and have been doing this for MANY years. I note approx 1.4 mpg better fuel consumption, on average, with Shell fuel. I make this statement very generally. As someone else has previously stated, there are MANY things that can influence fuel consumption...average driving speed being by far the biggest factor I've noticed with the Prius mileage. But there is also weather (wind direction and temperature), vehicle weight, tire condition, road condition, etc. But, over the many years that I've been monitoring fuel consumption on my vehicles, there is a noticeable increase, and less scatter, with Shell fuel. I note this same trend with the other cars I have owned as well, so I feel that there is some truth to the general conclusion that, at least for me, Shell fuel equals better mileage...even though the actual number may vary some. Citgo and CircleK fuel have given me the worst mileage, generally.
     
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