Why Prius Owners Contest Consumer Reports' 44 MPG Rating
Earlier this year in late February Consumer Reports announced its top 10 pics for the year and even after 3 years Toyota Prius is still one of the top ten picks in the report. You can read John Goreham's coverage on the subject here. However, on Facebook, in Plug-in Prius Owners Group Toyota Prius drivers discuss the Consumer Reports' MPG rating and Chris Durst who started the discussion writes "I don't think I could get that bad of mileage if I tried. Just in mixed mode I get 51 to 55 and in plug-in I get 80 in winter and 95 in summer."
Here are some experiences and opinions shared by Prius drivers.
Douglas Stansfield explains it from the point of view that mileage ratings are estimated on the conservative side. "The MPGs are always estimates on the low side. If you drive more than 50 miles each way to work, your numbers would go down, but I'm very glad you are getting good results," he replies to Durst.
One other driver explains that Chevy Volt and other Plug-ins are rated in the same way. "It's the same thing with the Volt and other Plug-ins Chris. On my Volt, I get about 203mpg, gas up about 4 times a year. But they go with EPA-like ratings here that are based on fixed percentages of drive patterns, which for plug-ins, usually biases the results far lower than they should be, Eric Cote replies.
The truth is even the EPA rating is much higher than what the Consumer Reports gave to Toyota Prius. And Chris points that out in a reply, writing "Even the official EPA sticker on the car had way higher numbers than what they listed in Consumer Reports. 43 miles per gallon on a highway? I drove through the mountains in West Virginia over the weekend in sport mode, and got 48 MPG. By the way, the Prius did great in the snow last week. Went down a unplowed road (by accident) with 7" of fresh snow and made it (had to do a U-turn as I didn't want to press my luck and was getting lost. Finally got back to the main road in Massanutten and found our Condo. Others weren't so lucky."
EPA rates Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid complained MPGe at 58. Tires are one of the key factors to get the most optimal MPG performance of you car. In fact, according to FuleEconomy.gov, "You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer."
Also see: The 2016 Toyota Prius will top 60 MPG.
What mileage are you getting on your Prius?