Here’s why we love our new Prius, purchased several months ago after the transmission in our VW Jetta diesel wagon ate itself alive. Careful attention to what the Prius likes can extend effective mileage quite a bit. I’m getting better at it, at least when I’m paying attention rather than just driving.
This was the report from the Prius internal computer system after driving back to Kaaawa from a shopping trip to Kaneohe. It took 32 minutes to drive the 14.3 miles.
And I was able to get 81 mpg by careful driving! I think that’s my best trip so far.
Of course, overall mileage isn’t anywhere near as good. Mileage goes way down during the trip through the tunnel to town, and you can quickly see the mileage drop if your foot is unnecessarily heavy. Still, we’ve been averaging 55-57 mpg with each tank of gas.
And if you would like to talk to a great, no pressure salesman at Windward Toyota, I’d be glad to pass his name along.