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Tell Us Your Toyota Prius Real World MGP Results and If You’re Happy

The Toyota Prius hybrid is a vehicle that impresses with big MPG numbers. We’d like to know what your Prius returns.

The Toyota Prius is the original high-volume green vehicle. From the outset, it has always promised to deliver great mileage - and it does. In fact, many owners find that the Prius returns better than the promised fuel economy. “Promised” is a tricky word when it comes to fuel economy because nobody, not Toyota, not the EPA, and not the dealer actually promise you anything. The EPA, in particular, goes out of its way to try to make clear that its numbers are its estimates. The EPA even offers three numbers, the Highway number (typically the highest), the City (Typically the lowest, but not with hybrids), and the Combined number which is sort of a ratio of the two. Without fail, automakers put their best foot forward and will advertise whatever number is the best.


The EPA number is actually an estimate based on an annual schedule and it takes into account a lot of seasonal factors. Changing fuel formulas, temperature, HVAC usage, and other factors can swing MPG by 10% without much difficulty. This is where a lot of new car buyers become confused and often frustrated. “My brand new AMC Glutton cannot even match the EPA Highway number!” Well, maybe it is the dead of winter and your Glutton will do better over time.

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The Prius is surprisingly true to its MPG estimates. And it does not have to be babied to earn its high numbers. We recently pushed a Prius around some country mountain roads (legally, as far as you know) and it beat the estimates. With the AC on full. And the drive mode set to Power.

Our own Patrick Rall, owner, and racer of multiple race cars took a Prius on an epic road trip to see Guns and Roses and he beat the EPA numbers. If lead foots like us can beat the EPA numbers by accident, imagine what you can do with your best efforts!

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Our owner and managing editor, Armen Hareyan, reports that his 2012 Prius is now returning a lower number than it did in the past due to some wear and tear and a move to a different area (as he explains in the video accompanying this story).

We’d like to ask our readers what MPG they are getting with the Prius. Please tell us the trim, year, and mileage. Also please let us know if you are measuring the MPG by dividing miles driven by fuel added, or if you are trusting the in-vehicle display.

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Ryan (not verified)    July 24, 2019 - 3:17PM

2012 Prius Three spring summer fall mixed driving 50mpg
2016 Prius Four Touring (17" wheels), mixed driving 70% city 30% highway spring summer fall average is 58mpg. 150,000 miles on the car.

John (not verified)    July 25, 2019 - 8:34AM

2017 Prius Two Eco. First year actual mileage 58.2 mpg (readout is 6% higher). Can pretty easily get over 70 mpg driving locally back roads in summer. Wisconsin winter is a mileage killer. Also driving interstate speeds drops it into the low 50's unless you get into stop and go traffic which raises it from there (one of the things that makes this car a stress reducer in clogged traffic). Loving the car, don't know why there are so many people that like to rip on this car.

Mo (not verified)    July 27, 2019 - 10:55PM

I have a Prius Prime. I have just over 18,000 miles on it and have averaged 132.4 MPG during during that time. I have a 220 charging system in my garage. I can fully charge the car is 2 hours. A great car!

Don (not verified)    August 2, 2019 - 9:38AM

2018 Prius 2 with 7,500 miles. Overall mpg since new 56.7, mpg based on total miles and gallons of gas used (includes Illinois winter driving). Best road trip milage (according to gauge) was on a 62 mile drive, 68.3 mpg.

MORRIS E EAGLEMAN (not verified)    August 5, 2019 - 10:58AM

I have a 2017 Prius Prime. I drive on battery alone a little over 70% of the time. I've driven 18400 miles since owning it and have averaged 134MPG.

marc turgeon (not verified)    February 10, 2021 - 4:54PM

2018 prius I can average 75 on a 15 mile round trip in the summer I've got 100 over 7 miles same road. It loves 30-45 mph zones. If you switch to nutrel while coasting (when in EV mode) your mpg will go way up. Usually I am driving to work at 67 mph and I get about 48 over 20 miles in winter mornings 60 on a nice summer day. It hates the cold. Black interior probably helps the battery in winter sometimes.

Gareth Baus (not verified)    March 19, 2021 - 5:31PM

I drive a 2014 Prius plugin, and average a little over 100 mpg on my commute (20 miles each way), when I drive without plugging in I average about 55 to 60 mpg.

Phillip (not verified)    November 30, 2021 - 7:23PM

2014 Prius V wagon. I get about 49mpg on my stop-n-go commute. Interstate travel brings that down to 42-45mpg. (Can get higher if I stay under 65mph). My lifetime average stays at about 46mpg. Not bad considering I have the storage capacity of a RAV4