Toyota Prius MPG: Fuel Efficient or Not?

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Toyota Prius 2009When it comes to hybrid cars, one of the most important, if not the most important metric, are the mpg’s (miles per gallon). So how many miles per gallon does your Prius hybrid get? When I accompanied my fiance to buy one last year, we were greeted with an EPA mpg on the sticker touting a city mpg of 60, and a highway mpg of 50.

60mpg city? Really?

Having owned the car for nearly a year now, with about 5,000 miles on it, and having driven various routes including two different work routes on a regular basis, we can say that we have never gotten close to achieving the 60 mpg advertised on the sticker.

Higher mpg in the city than on the highway?

What’s really confusing is the fact that the mpg epa advertised on the car suggested that we would get more miles per gallon in the city than on the highway. We thought, okay, that’s the opposite of what we’re used to (since the starting and stopping of gasoline-based engines in the city is more taxing on fuel economy than is cruising at a constant speed on the highway). But we considered the fact that this is a hybrid car that also runs off its electrical battery, so we thought maybe the car runs more off the battery at slower speeds and therefore achieves a higher fuel economy. In our experience, and everyone else we’ve talked to – not so!

High 30’s in the city, mid to high 40’s on the highway

We get in the high 30’s on average in the city and in the mid to high 40’s on average on the highway. Our Toyota Prius model is from 2008. While these aren’t bad numbers, and are definitely 15 mpg’s or so higher than what we got in our Honda Civic (non-hybrid), they are not even close to the mpg epa that was advertised at the dealer.

How many mpg’s does your Prius get?

Are you a Prius owner? Chime in below and let us know know how many mpg’s you’re getting. Even if you’re not a Prius owner, but own a hybrid or another vehicle that gets high mpg’s, feel free to share your story.

Priuses Galore

On a recent visit to San Francisco I was amazed at the number of Toyota Priuses on the road.  I don’t think at any one time I could look in any direction on the highway or on city streets and not see one.  It’s no wonder that the American auto market has been eclipsed by foreign auto makers, not the least of which is Toyota, riding the success wave of their gas-electric hybrid, the Prius.

What differentiates the Prius?

The Toyota Prius, unlike other hybrid cars, is only available in a hybrid version.  So when you spot a Prius on the road, you automatically think hybrid and “that person cares about the environment.”  This is in contrast to other, traditionally gas-powered cars that also offer hybrid versions.  An example would be the Honda Civic.  A great hyrbid car, but the only thing giving away the fact that it’s a hybrid is a little icon on the back.

California gives credit to Hybrid owners

Always the clean-air and environmental pioneer, at least amongst U.S. states, California paves the way again by giving people additional incentives beyond those offered by the federal government (tax rebates).  In particular, hybrid cars are allowed to use the carpool lane.  All hybrid cars?  Nope, only those that actually live up to their billing.

Hybrids allowed in carpool lane in California?

Yes, but only those that achieve 45mpg or higher.  That would include the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Honda Insight, according to epa mpg estimates. It’s a good thing the carpool figures are based on the epa figures, otherwise we wouldn’t be getting to ride in the carpool lane during traffic!  Interestingly enough, American manufactured hybrids achieve a mere fraction of the fuel economy gain that their Asian counterparts do, which is the reason this legislation was put in place. Nice.

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Joe Hatch
Joe Hatch
I bought my first Prius, a 2008 used car, about two months ago (May 4, 2017). It had 156,000 miles on it, yet it runs great, and the cumulative average fuel economy, as calculated by the car’s computer, is 53.3 MPG. I’ve logged about 3,000 miles in the nearly two months that I’ve had the Prius, and I can say with confidence that the computer is very accurate. I proved that by doing the actual calculation when purchasing gas at refueling stops. I can very easily go 533 miles on ten gallons of gas. I am a fairly conservative driver,… Read more »
Robin
Robin
I have a 2012 Prius (with 15″ eco savings tires), and I usually get 60mpg (no or light A/C, 20°c/25°c outside), to 44mpg (A/C on full power, 33°c outside), all around town, no highway. I optimized few things : – Michelin Eco tires, the best for fuel economy, – tire pressure 40 front, 39 rear – 0w16 oil, the thinnest available. – always ECO mode to manage very precisely the engine behavior. – the most important : A LOT of anticipation. engine has 30k miles. I just started a new refuel right now, and I’m at 80 mpg on 40… Read more »
Sandy
Sandy

I just upgraded from a 2006 to a 2014 and have been disappointed that the mpg is still right around 40. Highway and city. Doesn’t make sense as I drive the same way I did with the 2006. Feeling like I made a big mistake to “upgrade!” Advice?

Mario Gonzales
Mario Gonzales
Hello Fellow Prius Peeps… My wife and I bought the “redesigned” 2016 Prius in Feb 2016, and have put on over 27k mi. Now… I have NOT double checked the ACTUAL MPG against the car computer (But I will now), but for now here at my stats… Average mpg for 27k is 44.7mpg. I will also add that I have a heavy foot (by nature) and YES we did maintain an ave. of 52-50mpgs but that was because I was “actively trying” to ease up on my heavy foot, but after driving it for over a year and putting on… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel

I get 50 mpg in my 2004 Prius on long highway trips. Less in the city, though I have not measured recently enough to remember the exact number. I suspect that 60 mpg city in my Prius would require ideal driving conditions. Cold weather kills the mileage, as do shorter trips as the car burns more gas for the first 5 miles to warm up to achieve its SULEV rating.

Jack Zeiger
Jack Zeiger

We own two “Prii” – a 2011 and a 2013 (both red). We get close to 50 mpg with the 2011, and a little over 50 (about 52) with the 2013. We have also found that we do get better mileage around town. You must be driving these pretty hard to get down in the 30s. If you brake gently, you get maximum benefit from the regenerative braking. Hard braking uses regular brakes and just wastes the energy.

Rick James
Rick James
In my 2012 prius that I recently purchased, I average around 57-60 MPG for my trips according to the computer. It is possible that the computer is in error, so I will be checking with my own calculations on the next fill up. I use the eco mode mainly and on some of my routes I’m able to drive solely on electricity for up to 1.5 miles or so before battery depletes. I try to accelerate efficiently from a red light to reach the speed limit and then either go into EV mode to maintain speed or if there isn’t… Read more »
Neal G. Alldritt
Neal G. Alldritt
I have a running average of 46.7 m.p.g. since I got the 2014 Prius new. I don’t go by the electronic m.p.g., I go by actual miles divided by gallons on a fill up to fill up: total miles, 15934 divided by gals.,341.249 or 46.7 m.p.g. average. I check my tires often and put 2 pounds over the recommended. I live in Sarasota, FL which is flat, no hills. I coast asmuch as I can to a stop. I don’t accelerate fast. I talked to a Toyota Service Manager and he claims nothing can be done. I said can’t you… Read more »
Ray M.
Ray M.

My 2015 Prius has an 11.9 gallon tank. I’ve gone 440 miles on this tank with 30 miles to go until empty. 470 miles on a tank of combination city/highway driving at 39.5 mpg is very disappointing. My trip meter indicates over 52 mpg on this tank (NOT).

The trip meter is consistently off by 10% (better) when checked against actual gas used. Plus the odometer reads 1 to 1.5 mph higher when checked using GPS and road sign checks. Very disappointed!

An Owner of 2013 from new
An Owner of 2013 from new
Ray M. Prius run the empty gas light flash with about 25 mile to go but it still can go 50 mile when car said you can go < mile. You should use 470 miles / by the refilled gallon # of gas to a FUll tank. Usually, when car said can go 35 mile, my experience your fill the tank need about 9-9.5 gallon of gas, so conservatively say 10 gallon to run 470 mile you got 47 mpg. Computer say 52 is not accurate since computer codes based on the speed, gas consuming, and charging etc. My experience… Read more »
Bethann
Bethann

2013 Prius…43 MPG mostly highway miles. When on a long highway trip can go up to 46. Frankly not impressed.

tom

I have a 2013 Prius III. Had it for 18 months and just over 10K miles. I have averaged 43 MPG with mostly city driving in the PNW. Best single mileage was 48 MPG on a trip that was about 90% HWY. Have “re-learned” how to drive a hybrid (coasting, pulsing, etc) based on all the blogs. Happy that the mileage beats most other cars; pretty sad that it is a lot lower than EPA results.

Bethann
Bethann

Agree 100%!

DK

Getting around 30-31 MPG from Prius (in temperatures of 10-11 degrees Celsius). Very disappointed with Prius. Do use EV mode a lot for a smooth drive. Only satisfaction is low tax.

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

DK, sorry to hear you have been disappointed in the Prius but at least you are getting the tax benefit and hopefully helping the earth a little with a higher MPG than other cars. Thanks for sharing and reading!

Copper Head
Copper Head
I own a late 2013 Prius. For 7,596 miles it has averaged 42.41 MPG, a long way from the advertised (EPA Estimated) MPG. I am an automotive engineering professional and I drive for economy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifies, monitors, and certifies, with the force of law, a rigidly controlled test regimen by which the window placed mileage numbers for each class of vehicle are determined. They determine the driving schedule, ambient temperatures, loads, and everything else they can think of. With this process they can make the numbers pretty much what they want them to be. It appears… Read more »
Hugo Rodrigues
Hugo Rodrigues
My wife and I just purchased a brand new 2015 Prius (IV) and have driven about 800 miles so far. We have yet to break a 44MPG. I am a very smooth and careful driver. We don’t cary a lot of passengers or cargo, and we make judicial usage of the climate controls inside the vehicle. So, I can’t figure out why we are not getting 50MPG as advertised on the sticker?? I will be contacting our Toyota dealership to see if they can shed some light on this. After all, people generally purchase Prius’ for the gas savings. At… Read more »
John
John

I heard the new Prius 4 which need least 8,000 miles before it gets over 52 mpg. I think the new engine needs get broken in first!

Getta Wright
Getta Wright

I am glad for your review. I purchased mine (2015) on mother’s day and had to fill up the take already at 345 miles. This isn’t making sense to me especially when the selling point was how you would go close to 600 miles before filling up. I thought once a month, hey why not? I will be calling Toyota tomorrow as well.

Roland
Roland
I own both a Pruis and Altima Hybrid. The Pruis has less that 5k miles and is currently getting 39.5 MPG (very disappointing). But I do live in a cold climate and purchase gasoline with ethanol. So I expected to get less that the 51 MPG advertised but not 20% less. My cars are garaged so, I do not fell a need to start the car and warm it up before driving. Within 2 miles of driving the cars are warmed up. The Altima driving the same roads gets 35.9 mpg. The Altima is advertised to get 35 mpg city.… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I own a highly efficient vehicle that although it is not a hybrid, does achieve about the same numbers that you said your 2008 Prius does. It is a 2009 Hyundai Elantra with a four cylinder engine and a manual transmission. It is a vehicle that is designed specifically with fuel efficiency in mind and I have compared it extensively to other cars in its class and I think it compares very favorably with most of them, regardless of whether or not it is a hybrid vehicle. One thing that I think makes a huge difference is the control over… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
If I am not mistaken, the 2008 Toyota Prius was one of the first models, if not the first model, released when the hybrid concept finally came to the market. Putting it mildly, this car was one of the most anticipated releases in American auto history. Most Americans were reeling from the recent and steady upswing of petroleum prices and a huge push to get into more economical and fuel-efficient vehicles was entering full swing. Waiting lists were not weeks, but months long to buy one of these cars and when they finally were released, many auto buyers were left… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually the first prius was 1997 (it was a sedan rather than hatchback)

Remi Parent
Remi Parent
I just test drove a 2006 Prius 2 weeks ago that only had 53,000 km on it. I did mostly highway (about 85%) and some city driving (total trip was 188 KM). Set to cruise control at 100 km/h (62 MPG) to go there and 105 KM/H (65 MPH) to come back. I averaged 48 MPG for the total trip. The outside temp was between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius and I was alone in the car (I’m a small guy). Although that is very good, I would have really liked to go 50+ MPG due to my very conservative… Read more »
Stephen Beckett
Stephen Beckett

We’re getting 39.2 mpg calculated from Gas Stubs, after driving 11,000 miles. Mileage in town is worse (38 mpg) than on trips (45 mpg). In town we pretty much only have short trips of 5 to 10 min – so all the CC warm up is wasted. We don’t baby the car and or all obsessed about mileage. We drive it like any other car. Run the heat and AC as needed. These efficiencies are better that the average car and no where near what is advertised.

Eye on the consumption
Eye on the consumption
Not sure if it’s living in a colder location, but my Prius doesn’t average the mileage it used to get. I was able to average about 47 mpg, and I’m now getting an average of 43. I noticed I got closer to 50 mpg in the summer. Also, since I retired, I do more stop and go travel and less highway travel. This makes a considerable difference in the mpg. Too bad that many drivers are fixated on high speed, just to get to a location 10 minutes earlier. Keeping the speed as consistent as possible, gliding in to stop,… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
I find it very alarming how many companies are getting away with false advertisements like the one about how many mpg you were supposed to get with this car. Sure, other factors are involved, such as the speed you drive and how many stops you have to make, but if they can make a claim like that, they should already have accounted for the average driver and what they do with their cars. And the saddest part is, they most probably are not the only ones that make false claims like that. I wonder what would happen if you called… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
One of the most interesting facts about the Toyota Prius is that it is only available as a hybrid. This is actually unique; considering this is not the case with other hybrid cars (most have both a hybrid and a gas version). The author quickly points out that most people who are aware of this fact will think that a Prius owner really cares about the environment. Those made me think about the different reasons for someone to buy a hybrid car. Of course, gas savings is probably the number one reason, although the author also points out that there… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
First off, I am pretty impressed that you only put 5,000 miles on your car in a year. I work at home and I put more than that on mine in a few months time. Of course I have a young son who has me drive him everywhere. And since we live in the country, I pretty much have to drive anywhere we want to go because there is nothing close to us, which was part of the motivation in moving here. I wonder if the speed you drive has anything to do with the gas mileage you get and… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
I am really not shocked to read that this car did not live up to your expectations. It’s nothing against Toyota. It’s just a typical business plan. They make one type of product look horrible or drive up the cost to use the product so high that no one can afford to use it. (I’m speaking of gasoline powered cars here) Then, they come out with an alternative that seems much more affordable and makes the owner feel as if they are doing something for the environment. And that is all good and well except for one thing. The hybrid… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
The author makes some interesting points in this article. Perhaps the biggest shock (at least it was a shock to me, given all of the media attention the Prius has generated) was the fact that their Prius did not come anywhere close to achieving the promised miles per gallon numbers. The author is getting mid to high 40’s on the highway and in the high 30’s in the city. This made me think about the actual EPA mileage ratings. Perhaps the rating system is flawed? Or, maybe there is a lot of variety when dealing with the mileage of hybrid… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
One of the cool features of this article is that the author even points out some of the more unusual incentives to buy the Toyota Prius. At least if the reader happens to live in California. It seems that California is trying very hard to convince people to buy hybrid cars. The government is now allowing certain hybrid cars to also use the carpool lane, even if there is only one person (the driver) in the car. The author also points out that this privilege is only extended to certain types of hybrid vehicles. The ones that live up to… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
In my opinion, there is so much cool stuff going on with this car. Toyota is still hard at work on the hybrid model and the Prius line. After all, the Prius is a relatively new product for Toyota, and the manufacturer loves to keep its brands for as long as possible, building them up in new and different ways. For example, in early 2012 Toyota revealed that it was planning a new concept car for its latest United States line. While it is not fully certain that the NS4 (the designation of the concept model) will be part of… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
While 60 MPG sounds crazy, it is a very true number, even for city conditions. In fact, there are many ways that you can improve on this number by altering your driving habits. Studies have been done that show people driving hybrids like the Prius actually adjust their driving habits with the knowledge that they are behind the wheel of a gas-saving vehicle. If the result was a positive one, this would be even more reason for you to drive a hybrid and you probably would have seen the results on a number of different car commercials right alongside the… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

2012 Prius III, and have a lifetime average of 53mpg (all driving). My last trip, which was 75% highway & 25% city driving, I averaged 62.4mpg.

Take your parking brake off or something!

Anonymous
Anonymous
I purchased this car used last fall. I do not take it out of town much, but have gone on a couple of out-of-town (one out of state) trips and the mileage was pretty much the same as in town. I get around 41-43 mpg all the time. I expected better, but it is still way above what I was getting with my Nissan Ultima. I recently had my tires aired the way it is suggested to increase MPG and see no difference. I have played around with the gliding, etc. and it helps some. Not a big difference. I… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Reading this article made me wonder about how exactly the various car manufacturers determine their mileage numbers. After all, the author of this piece clearly is arguing that the manufacturer posted mpg numbers for their Toyota Prius is completely wrong. In fact, the numbers that they are achieving are significantly lower than the posted mpg numbers. I wonder if the numbers are just flat out fabrications or if there is something else going on here? Possibly the manufacturer claim of up to 60 mpg on the open highway was achieved in testing under ideal conditions. The problem with this is… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
Wow. How ticked off were you when you realized the truth of the matter? I would have been livid. In fact, I can’t say I am happy at all right now just reading about it. I have a couple of friends who own these cars and they do love them, but I do not think that they have really taken a look at their mileage. Even if they did, they might be happy with it anyhow just because it is still better than what they were getting before they bought this car, which brings me to the important stuff. Why… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I found this article to be incredibly interesting. I have often thought that it must be very difficult for the auto industry to really put mileage per gallon numbers on all of their vehicles. This article certainly would lead me to believe my original conclusion is correct: that there is a lot of variability in terms of the specific mpg numbers that each individual person will achieve. The author of this article seemed to be quite disappointed with their actual mpg numbers from their new Toyota Prius hybrid. According to the article, when the car was purchased the mpg numbers… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
Why are companies allowed to blatantly lie about the MPG of their vehicles? It really doesn’t surprise me that Toyota would do this. If they’re willing to lie about cars leading to several deaths, why not lie about mileage. It’s just another reason I choose to buy American-made cars. Throw in the fact that the government is more than happy to throw out tax credits to hybrid owners and it’s just another reason to be upset about the lies. People were able to purchase Prius vehicles and get the tax credit, even though the numbers were not as good as… Read more »
Toby
Toby
American car companies don’t lie? What about Firestone and Ford with all the deaths of the Explorers with faulty tires they continued to sell? And while Toyotas and Hondas got such great mileage for so many years, the American car companies continued to make their gas guzzlers and overweight crap until they absolutely had to get better mpg to survive. Did they survive? Aren’t most American cars made in Mexico anyway; home of the president’s biggest enemies? Something tells me you also think the president doesn’t lie either. I’m looking into getting a Prius, and am sad that Toyota, a… Read more »
Jonathan baker
Jonathan baker

I own a 03 Prius and first and foremost you have to know how to drive a hybrid – there’s is a huge difference. It has to do with learning how to control the engines, gas and electric. Once you get the hang of that, you’re set!! I get 55 mpg highway and 75 to a 100 mpg in the city. The sweet spot is from 25 to 40 mph. I will never ever own a regular or non-hybrid vehicle again. I love buying gas only twice a month, sweet!!!!!

John
John

I used to owned 2008 Prius which got 55 mph but my new 2015 Prius 4 only gets 45 mpg.

Anonymous
Anonymous
My friend bought a hybrid Toyota Prius around the same time I bought my highly-efficient but still traditionally powered Hyundai Elantra. The cars are both 2009 models and on both or our parts we are generally very satisfied with the way each of these vehicles have worked for us over the past few years. However, I would be lying to you if I did not say that I am envious of the fuel economy that my friend achieves with her Prius. I get somewhere around thirty miles to the gallon in my Hyundai and that is certainly not a gas… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
I have to say that I would be less than happy to find out that the Prius I purchased had poorer gas mileage than stated. I know that these numbers are usually beefed up a bit, but that is ridiculous. After all, it’s not like people are buying the Prius for looks. The main selling feature is the supposed better gas mileage. I really hope the government steps in and requires that these numbers be changed to correctly state the mileage. I actually wonder how many other people have noticed that the numbers aren’t as good as stated. Personally, I… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
I, too, would have been skeptical of a car that claimed it got better gas mileage in the city than on the highway. However, I would have been extremely irritated to find out that my car was getting much, much less MPG than stated. A lot of people currently make vehicle choices based on MPG and with good reason. With gas prices double, sometimes triple, what they were a decade ago, it pays to find a car that has great gas mileage. To find out that a car you’ve bought gets over 20 miles less per gallon than stated is… Read more »
Adam Bynum
Adam Bynum

I bought a 2015 Prius 3 and it has just over 6000 miles. The computer says I average 47 mpg but I reset the trip odometer at each fill up and I barely get 350 miles from a full tank. The computer says I get 47 but I really get 35 mpg or less. Something tells me that those of you claiming 50+ mpg are reading what the computer displays and not actually calculating it for yourselves.

Anonymous
Anonymous
It always amazes me a little bit when large quantities of automobiles or any other vehicle for that matter, get recalled due to some design defect or problem that was missed in the testing phases. It would seem that the technology has gotten so great and is so advanced that there is literally no scenario that could not be predicted under real-world conditions. However, nearly every year that is proven to not be the case as we deal with all kinds of issues that the real world throws at these cars and they subsequently cannot handle. For that reason, it… Read more »
Loving it
Loving it
I’ve only had my 2012 Prius (level 2) for a week so of course I’ve been watching the mpg. My 20 mile each was comute is from the suburgs, through the shopping district and to the edge of town at mostly at 45 mph with a mix of areas with close traffic lights and areas with light a couple of miles apart. I’m getting mpg from 55-61 mpg. When my husband drove it, it only got 42. I don’t now if it’s his due to his quick start and stop style or if its because he didn’t get stopped at… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I felt this was a great article and really great information for people that are considering the Prius. Gas is super expensive these days, and at the same time, everyone wants to do good things for the environment. The thing is that you’re balancing a practical need to save money and have good gas mileage, with the need to have an environmentally friendly car. Unfortunately a lot of people can push the second need deep down because it’s not an immediate need in their life’s most of the time. That is why I think articles like this are really great… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Hey, guys, thank you for this! This is a great article! You really tested the car out extensively, and didn’t make a longwinded YouTube video about it. Sorry, to go on a tangent, but it’s like every good review these days is in video format and sometimes I’d just like to scan an article and get the facts I need instead of listening to someone ramble on about how they have to go to the grocery store after they finish filming their review. Sorry, I just had to get that out. Lol, I guess it makes me guilty of rambling… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
This is an interesting article, giving a different picture than what people usually expect to see and hear about their cars. The author is questioning whether the mileage numbers that the manufacturer claims for the Toyota Prius is accurate. Of course, it is also quite possible that the real story depends on your perspective. I think that since we are dealing with a hybrid vehicle, there will quite a lot of variance in terms of the MPG numbers that you could expect to see. The cause of this is in how the vehicle operates. You are going to have times… Read more »
Kathy Faust
Kathy Faust
I have to wonder about the other numbers that are used to sell these cars now. If the mpg is off, there are so many other numbers that could be off too. And I am willing to be that most Prius owners do not keep track like you do, so they may not even notice the difference in the claim and the truth, which is just kind of sad. It is really nice to assume that most people who own a Prius care about the environment, but I know quite a few people who own them and care nothing about… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t know how they are all able to lie to us and get away with it. My 2008 Prius only gets about 38 MPG average. The emperor is not wearing any clothes!

AirCommando
AirCommando

My 2008 with 134,000 miles on it gets upward of 66 mpg at an average speed of 40 mph. And that was on route 1 in NH along the crowded summer seacoast with traffic lights every half mile or better. Better have your car checked out something must be afoot, or perhaps you have a heavy foot on the lower right pedal?

Alex Schenker
Admin
Alex Schenker

In our experience, that’s near the low end of MPG’s for Priuses. Our 2008 Prius, for example, gets an average of about 41 MPG. I think it depends largely on the route you’re taking – the altitude changes, varieties of speeds, etc. For example, on highway trips we typically average somewhere in the 50 MPG range.

There’s also other factors that impact performance – air pressure in tires, for example. You could check with your garage/ Toyota dealer and ask them to make sure you’re car is operating at peak MPG potential.

Jim Shavalian
Jim Shavalian

I just purchased a 2015 Prius Two & I’m getting 42 MPG. I live in Los Angeles & we drive around 80 miles per hour on the freeway. Maybe that’s why I get the lower MPG…

Loving it
Loving it

I was told that the mpg rating is based on average driving conditions, including mountainous regions as well as flat lands. In the smaller print under the big mpg numbers is a statement to this effect and gives a much larger range of 35 – 60.

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