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Posted by Davoud on July 8, 2006, 3:01 am

I bought gas for the first time today at 348 miles. Mileage based on
fill-up amount has been 43.1 thus far. As a retiree, I don't do much
stop-and-go driving; most of these miles were on suburban or semi-rural
roads at between 35-50 mph, with a few Interstate miles. Normal, I


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Posted by Bill on July 8, 2006, 3:17 am

Maybe normal for a new Prius and a new Prius driver.  Jack up the tire
pressure putting the front tires at 42 and the back tires at 40.  Use cruise
control whenever practical.  Brake lightly starting further back from lights
than people generally do as this will recover energy and store it in your
batteries.  Those short, five minute trips are the mileage killers because
the engine runs for the first five minutes to warm the catalytic converter.
They are tough to avoid.  Using the screen and carefully controlling gas
pedal pressure can put you in stealth mode when otherwise the engine might

Posted by Davoud on July 8, 2006, 5:43 am


That's pretty much the way I drove before Prius. I think I learned most
of that in high school physics class.

Yeah, I'm sure that's good advice but I'm probably not going to drive
that way and I don't think I'm willing to get as hung up on that screen
as many Prius drivers are. My wife has already joked about Prius
drivers moving along at 20mph in the slow lane on the Interstate. This
serves two purposes, she says -- it saves fuel and it prevents grave
injury when they run off the road and hit a tree while staring at the
Trip Information display! Haven't turned it on since she said that...


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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 8, 2006, 8:53 am

If you divide 7 into 348 you'll come up with 49.7 mpg. I think your dealer
may have shorted the fill by a gallon.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on July 8, 2006, 9:08 pm


For the first tank, yes.

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