Short trip question

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Fuel Economy' started by scooter4n, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. scooter4n

    scooter4n Junior Member

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    Hello, Im new 2012 prius two owner.
    already put little over 1000mi on the car, so brake in is done.
    Question is:
    Im only 2-3 miles away from work, is it better to start car in the garage, warm it up and then drive to work.
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    Start and drive right away?
    Im talking MPG here...

    I park in the garage, and it is climate controlled, so warm up even during winter is only about 2-3 minutes.

    what would you say?
    thanks all
     
  2. cwerdna

    cwerdna Senior Member

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    I would just go. You're getting 0 mpg when sitting around w/the ICE (internal combustion engine) running.

    You're going to get crap mileage w/that short a trip.
     
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    Seriously, your mpg will be bad. Not to be snarky, but think about taking a bike ride to work on nice days, or even walk.
     
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    don't be silly, his garage is climate controlled.:cool:
     
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    My answer is just drive it... don't let it warm up. And I agree that mpg is not going to be good... but for when you don't have a short trip... it's great!
     
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    shortn trips mean--more frequent oil changes and the exh will not reach temps required to expel moisture which can be acidic in nature
     
  7. scooter4n

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    im not planing on taking bike to work, lunch and what ever I have to do after work, LOL.
    I get about 30-35mpg doing just quick run.
    thanks all
     
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    When the Prius is in a climate controlled garage the best way to get the highest FE on a Prius is to just start it and then drive it right away. To get the highest FE possible select a route where you can limit your top speed from 25mph to 40 mph. Raise your tire pressure to 44 psi front and 42 psi rear.
     
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    as everyone else said just drive.

    In my winter experience (parked outside) MPG drops first 5-10min then starts rising.
     
  10. fuzzy1

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    While awful on the overall Prius scale, this is more than double, close to triple what my Subaru could do over the same distance.

    A full warmup will probably knock your overall MPG down into the mid-upper 20s.

    BTW, I do bike to work. While averaging only one day a week over the year, it still rolls up more pedaled commute miles than your driving commute miles.
     
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