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Xringer 05-12-2012 10:45 AM

Xringer's Prius C
We hope to be picking up our new Prius c2 this afternoon..
It's in Red.. :)

It's already got Vortex generators, and that's all my wife is going to need.. :o
She's not going to want any of the Mods that I would put on my car.. :(

Xringer 05-12-2012 10:18 PM

I reset the trip meters and my wife took her first drive in late afternoon traffic in Lexington MA.
It was slow going, and we got way more EVing than I expected.
She started off doing pretty good, then lost interest in my hypermile lecturing.
Once she learns not to brake heavily and avoid jackrabbity starts,
I think she's going to be able to do that same loop at 80 or 90 mpg..
Maybe even triple digits, if it's a nice warm day.. :)

MetroMPG 05-12-2012 11:14 PM

Wow - that's impressive. Congrats, Xringer.

Xringer 05-14-2012 04:00 PM

I got 65 MPG highway yesterday with about 35 % of it on 40 MPH roads.
The rest was at 50 to 60 mph.

Today we went to Somerville MA (17th most densely populated incorporated place in the country), where it's very slow, due to millions of cars and trucks, everyone cuts you off, and you are constantly jamming on the brakes.
(An MBTA bus tried to smash us, but I was too quick for the jerk). :p

In drivers Ed classes in Somerville, 85% of the class is about defensive driving..
(That's not a joke, I took their course when I got out of the Navy. Insurance $$ break).

The only thing I did eco on this 20 mile road trip, was press the ECO button.

With all the hills, I found it a little odd that 62% was in EV mode..
I also found it a bit odd to get up to 40 MPH and see the ICE was off!!

I'm not trying to learn how to Hypermile it, since it's my wife's car..
But I think she might end up getting 65 to 75 MPG, if she makes the effort.

She seems to like the idea of only buying gas once a month..

MetroMPG 05-14-2012 04:20 PM

Xringer - hope you don't mind I split your Prius C posts into a new thread (in case you want to keep us updated).

Xringer 05-14-2012 04:49 PM

Sure thing! I just posted about our horrible traffic test this morning..

Yesterday we did a highway run.. Not sure if I posted much about it, as I am old and post at a few sites.. :(

My wife did the outbound and I drove back. I got 65 MPG using mostly cruise control.

We are really starting to like this little car!! :D

MetroMPG 05-14-2012 05:10 PM

(Moved over the other post.)

It's an impressive machine, that's for sure.

rmay635703 05-14-2012 09:11 PM

The cruise control was something I questioned, when I asked the Toyo dealer about the Prius C "one" he went on about its only a fleet vehicle and that using cruise control was needed to get the best fuel economy because it hypermiled itself in cruise.

With my short drive going so poorly I am wondering if this is the case?

Has anyone cracked how to hypermile a prius C? I would think at low speeds I should easily be able to crack 80mpg but it didn't work for me and it didn't do it at highway speeds either but I did not use cruise.

Xringer 05-14-2012 09:29 PM

The only reason we got the C2 was because the C1 doesn't have Cruise Control..
It's got a one piece rear seatback. No 60/40 split rear seat, & no immobilizer.

The C1 is for sale, and our test ride in this C1 was pretty nice. My wife loved it.. (Just hated the color).. ::eek:

I need cruise control because of major injuries to my right foot and ankle won't let me drive long distances.

One cool thing I did (Without reading the manual) is stick a USB stick into a socket on the dashboard, press the media button and start playing tunes I copied from my CDs.
There's also a button pod on the steering wheel that allows you to step to the next song, set the volume or select out to the radio or CD player..
I think those controls might be used for cell-phone stuff too..
Not sure, since we don't have a Bluetooth phone.. (Yet).. :snail:

Daox 05-15-2012 12:18 AM

In town (under 40 mph in a gen2 not sure about the C), the Prius is far better off using P&G. Doing so is incredibly simple. The engine will run until it is warmed up. Then, simply accelerate up to desired speed, let off the gas pedal, then slightly apply a tiny bit of gas again. The engine should die and you're coasting. When you're ready to pulse again simply press down the pedal more. Rinse and repeat. Its very pretty easy to hit 100+ mpg in my gen 2 using this technique.

At speeds higher than 40 mph I almost always just set the cruise and go. There are some techniques out there to improve highway mileage, but I haven't had luck with them. Cruise always seems to be able to beat my foot (not by much, but it does) and its much easier on long trips to just use the cruise.

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