So I pulled into the parking lot at LSI Logic today after finishing class at the local community college. I just happened to pull into a spot next to a guy who had just pulled in driving a new Prius. I sparked a conversation by asking him what kind of mileage he gets in his Prius. Right off the bat he set the tone that would overshadow the rest of our conversation. His exact words in a less then enthusiastic tone were "I only get about 48 mpg". I then asked him how it drives. His recurring description was "adequate". He said its a pain driving up hills, he doesn't like driving it in city settings because its not that peppy. I said my understanding was hybrids were more peppy because they have the electric power on tap and he was like...."ya you would think". He liked that it was roomy and and couldn't tell when the system was kicking in. My final question was what type of driving does he do more of, freeway or city driving and he said freeway.
I was thoroughly pleased with the information I got out of the conversation because I have read many articles of the Prius not achieving its advertised mileage but I hadn't heard it from an actually owner. While I admit that 48 mpg is still a commendable rate its not near the 51/60 he should be getting, especially seeing how he doesn't mostly freeway driving.