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75.3 mpg in 2010 Toyota Prius

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Seventy-five-point-three miles to the gallon! That was enough to win the 2010 Toyota Prius fuel economy competition that stacked 28 auto journalists against one another in Yountville, Calif. on Feb. 24, 2009. (The results were embargoed until today.) While it was a cheap thrill to score so high—that’s less remarkable than the average mileage for the group of journalists on the media preview drive: 69.9 mpg.

Of course, this level of fuel economy should not be expected for typical owners of the 2010 Prius. But the fact that it happened, and without applying any black magic or severe “hypermiling” techniques, is amazing. The drivers took between 70 and 85 minutes, traveling on average between 27 and 29 miles per hour on the 33.8 mile course through Yountville and Napa—not including one outlier that took more than two hours. I drove with the slow traffic and let most cars pass me, but my pace was certainly within legal limits—and could represent the efforts of a reasonable but motivated fuel-conscious driver…

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Written by Leisureguy

6 April 2009 at 11:31 am

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  1. Driving an average of 27 to 29 MPH on a two lane road or Interstate would cause serious problems or accidents. Hozz



    7 April 2009 at 7:40 am

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