We had a 04 Prius which got
We had a 04 Prius which got great gas mileage on longer trips of at least 15 miles -- over 60mpg, but when we moved and our trips were all short trips, the gas mileage dropped to 20 or so? Watching the fuel data screen on the prius, you could see that the first 5 minutes of every trip was on gas (no uphill). If the trip was only a mile each way, then gas mileage was the same as with a non hybrid non fuel efficient car. We sold the car. Now a car salesman is telling us that this is no longer true, that when the cars start up, they are already running on electric power, not gas and short trips do not influence the gas mileage. I am wondering if this is true or just sales speak and will have to research further.