Hybrid Car – More Fun with Less Gas

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Posted by Fred Seaver on August 29, 2009, 8:25 pm

Love it or loathe it, the Prius is the most fuel-efficient car you can buy
in America. The poster child for the green revolution is also the most
popular hybrid in the world, with more than 1 million sold. The EPA ranks
the 2009 model at 48/45 mpg (city/hwy). At its heart is Toyota's Synergy
Drive, which debuted in 2003. It is the same technology found in the Toyota
Camry and Highlander hybrids, and also is licensed by Nissan for their
hybrids, as well as Ford, but to a lesser extent. The manufacturer's
suggested retail price for a 2009 Prius runs from $2,000 to $4,270,
depending on trim level.

Posted by Was Istoben on August 29, 2009, 8:39 pm

I truly loved my 2005 Prius and am starting to appreciate the 2010's
improved mileage and performance.  Getting over 50 mpg in the economy mode
is a piece of cake and it seriously outperforms the 2005 in the performance

Posted by Neo on August 30, 2009, 10:38 am

When I rented a 2008 Prius from Enterprise I found it very
easiy to get about 46 mpg while driving a suburb to urban
commute to work. The Prius got about 50+ mpg on the
super highway trip ( from DC to Grand Rapids MI -
660 miles each way) .  Getting the higher mileage was
a matter of being easy on the accelerator and  driving
under 60 mph (35mph).  The particular Prius  I drove
did not have a Electronic Stablity Control (ESC) computer
so the driver had to remember to slow down to less
than 40 mph on the highway ramps/ to keep the
Prius under control.  The only thing that bother me
was how inaccurate the fuel gauge was - which I've
been told is a side effect of the 2005-2009 Prius
using a rubber fuel tank. The 2010 Prius has replaced
the rubber fuel tank with a conventional rigid fuel
tank that should in theory make for a more accurate
fuel gauge.

Posted by Peter Granzeau on August 30, 2009, 7:18 pm

On Sun, 30 Aug 2009 03:38:27 -0700 (PDT), Neo

All I really want from a fuel gauge is that it tells me when I need to
refill.  Depending on the distance between gas stations wherever one is,
you refill as soon as you hit one or the other of the two last blocks in
the gauge.  If it starts blinking, you get gas NOW.  I have actually run
out of gas, about 500 yards from a gas station (I had to stop at an
intersection and make a U-turn) to which I got on battery alone.

The rubber tank problem really isn't an inaccurate fuel gauge, it is
that you never know how much fuel is in a "full" tank.  In winter, the
stiffness of the bladder may reduce fuel capacity; in warm weather, a
full tank takes more.  This makes it very difficult for people who want
to keep track of their fuel use, as you never know if this fill up was
to the same level as the last one.  I don't care, but a lot of drivers
appear to be incensed by that.

Posted by Mr. G on August 31, 2009, 3:44 am

In article <4a40a139-92bf-4f40-afca-
90ece1c3260e@e18g2000vbe.googlegroups.com>, Neo (residualselfimage1999
@gmail.com) says...

Does that mean if your car DID  have stability control, you would have
taken the ramps at highway speed, and depended upon that to slow the car
after it started to slide out of control?

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