Is my Toyota Prius getting good mileage?

I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. It was advertised to get 60 mpg, but the best I've been able to get on a tank of gas is 48 miles per gallon. Am I doing something wrong? How can I get better gas mileage?

Lisa T., Jupiter, Fla.

We assure you, you’re not doing anything wrong. Your 48 mpg is spot-on for what we typically hear from Prius owners, and much better than the 34 mpg we observed during a week of city driving in a 2007 Prius. The EPA’s 2007 and earlier mileage ratings are notoriously inaccurate — especially for hybrids — due to the way it tested vehicles. Other drivers have encountered similar discrepancies, and one man in California even filed a lawsuit against Honda when he didn’t get the advertised mileage from his hybrid — a little extreme if you ask us.

There are new EPA procedures for 2008, however, that better reflect everyday commuting; lower, more realistic mileage ratings are the result. As you’re aware, the 2007 Prius was rated at 60/51 mpg city/highway. With the new ratings, the EPA estimates the 2007 Prius will get 48/45 mpg, which is right where you’re at.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on July 12, 2007 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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