I Have And I Regulary *Check That* Myself
....relying on the EPA data. In fact they are changing the way mileage is determined specifically because of the lying EPA figures on the Prius. In actuality the Prius usually averages about 49 miles per gallon.
Also, the Prius can no longer officially get that kind of mileage under revised EPA figures. Yours must be a super super hybrid, the only one of it's kind.
In fact, I have some personal knowledge for the mileage on a Prius and I can guarantee this one has never gotten 60 mpg since the day it was bought new till now.
James --- I am sorry to learn that, based on your some personal knowledge for the mileage experience on your 2004 GEN II Prius, you have never been able to get it to deliver 60 mpg since the day it was bought new till now. As my 2007 GEN II sits in my garage after my last local shopping trip, the MFD displays 63.2 MPG-FE.
Let me clarify something. I am not relying on the EPA data. My (measured) means measured by the tank refill method and averaged over time, not the old 2007 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. I have over 12,000 miles on my fuel-sipper and the onboard MFD computer calculations have continued to track and remain in nominal statistical agreement with my running measured MPG Fuel Economy numbers. The old 2007 EPA numbers are 51/55/60. The new 2008 EPA numbers are 45/46/48. I have never gotten gas mileage numbers as low as the new 2008 EPA FE numbers, but regularly meet and surpass the old EPA 51/55/60 FE numbers.
Maybe the Prius can no longer officially get that kind of mileage, but I can assure you that I am unofficially getting 60+ MPG sans A/C use and get 55 in the summer or when I have to run the HVAC.
I call your attention to my original (NT) Buy A Prius And Hypermile. Mine Gets 60+MPG (Measured) post. I am a Hypermiler, to be precise, I am what I call a Psuedo-Hypermiler.
I call your attention to this link to an e-article on Hybrid Hypermiling http://www.home.earthlink.net/~poliakonia/id12.html It discusses Pseudo-Hypermiling For Non-Hypermilers and how by simply applying some basic knowledge about hybrid powered cars along with some top-level elements of Hybrid Hypermiling Driving Techniques, any Hybrid Owner-Driver (like you) can improve the miles-per-gallon/liters-per-100 kilometers fuel economy delivered by their hybrid vehicle.
HAPPY PSEUDO-HYPERMILING! JP
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