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Posted by googley on May 12, 2005, 8:28 pm
Got a prius in Jan 05.  Love car, but the small 10 gal gas tank causes
more stops for fuel than a non-hybrid car.
Does anyone else find this annoying?
 Does Toyota have plans to increase size of gas tank?
Anyone add an accessory tank?

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on May 12, 2005, 9:08 pm

Huh?  First, it's 11.9 gallons, not 10, and I'm typically driving about
450 miles between fuel stops.  The Geo Prizm I traded in for the Prius
had a 12.1 gallon tank and, at 25 mpg towards the end, I was stopping
for gas less than every 300 miles or so.  I can drive from here in
Jacksonville, FL, to my parents' house in Maryland, some 750 miles, with
only one fuel stop.  

What size gas tank did your previous car have and what kind of mileage
were you getting?

Mike Rosenberg
<http://www.macconsult.com>  Macintosh consulting services for NE Florida
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Posted by Staff on May 12, 2005, 9:20 pm

My 2005 Prius has a 12 gallon tank and goes 3 times further on a gallon than
does my Explorer with it's 17 gallon tank.  I add gas to the Prius about
half as often as I did with the Explorer.  I don't see the problem here,

Posted by richard schumacher on May 13, 2005, 2:22 am

Which non-hybrid (or as we say, "old broken-down shit") car would that

Posted by Earle Jones on May 14, 2005, 12:05 am

This doesn't jive with my experience.  In my '05 Prius, I don't even
bother thinking about a gas stop until I hit 400 miles.  In my '01
Subaru (and most other cars I have owned) I start getting nervous at
about 300 miles.

Your Prius should be able to get about 500 miles on a tank.


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