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Posted by Alive&Kicking on May 28, 2006, 4:42 pm

I have the intention to buy a Prius, and I am very interested in what the
car really "drinks".
What are the real figures for driving at a constant speed of 60, 70, 80 and
90 mph?
And what is the "lifetime" average?

Posted by B. Peg on May 28, 2006, 10:58 pm

In the San Francisco Bay area I saw 50+ mpg, of course the traffic moves
slowly there compared to mid-valley I-5 (California's Autobahn) and doing
80-85 there gets about 41 mpg.  I'd imagine 90 would put you in the mid-

Now that Texas raised their speed limits to 80 on some stretches of western
interstates, I'd bet it will be in the mid-30's there too.

City seems to do best, and slower trafficking cities better still.

Dunno.  They took that feature off my '05.  Maybe 43 mpg for me - but I
usually pass everything out there since I own one of those lead foots.

Of course, some will lie and say they routinely get 70+ mpg and the few
silver ones in the Bay area belonging to some fuel efficiency organization
say "100+ MPG" on their doors.  You can recognize them by the odd orange
hand-wrapped wire spools in the trunk area and a bunch of wires going up
front to the driver and a small console.  ;o)

However, having seen one of those +100 jobbies up close and personal, I'd be
willing to bet the owner spends much more time on the little console and
looking for an AC wall outlet to steal, er I mean, plug in to.



Posted by Bob Wilson on May 29, 2006, 3:24 am

You probably want to look at the mileage database in GreenHybrid.com. In
the meanwhile, this is what I use for my 03 Prius:


However, this data is for an NHW11, the 01-03 Prius. The newer one gets

Bob Wilson

Posted by Alive&Kicking on May 29, 2006, 5:04 pm

What's the actual price for 1 gallon of gas in the U.S.??

Posted by Bill on May 29, 2006, 5:26 pm

Where I live it was $.75 US yesterday.

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