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  1. #1
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    Long distance Range

    can someone tell me how far can you drive these cars? How fast can you drive them?

  2. #2
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    Long distance Range

    Many people are getting in excess of 900 miles from a tank in the prius. This is good mpg driving, but it is not difficult to acheive at least 850. In terms of speed my tongue in cheek answer is that like any car they can go as fast as the speed limit. In all seriousness they have a very reasonable amount of power, especially from a standstill, electric motors blow gas engines out of the water on torque. eg. imagine trying to start a manual car from the lights in 5th gear!! this is the sort odf torque electric motors typically get.

  3. #3
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    Long distance Range

    Honda Civic Hybrids have a 13-gallon tank and can easily get 45-50 MPG - do the math. I've gone 500 miles without refilling mine, but what's the point?

    See my blog for June 1: 80 MPH cruise for hours - no problem at all.

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    In my Escape Hybrid, I just took a trip out West through SD, WY, MT, ND and back to MN. On a day when headwinds were 25 mph, and I was driving 75 mph, I got 28 mpg and a maximum range of 400 miles. In the mountains, I got 38 (!!) mpg. Sure, going UP was a lot of work, but going DOWN, I often coasted for 17 miles at a time, with the engine kicking on only when my coasting speed topped 30 mph. I was a little miffed to get a stiff easterly headwind on the drive back -- usually I get a nice west-wind assist across ND and SD. Overall mileage for the trip was 28+, and range varied between 350 and 500+. The worst hits to mileage were long, steep, rolling hills on the highways of MT and western ND. With the headwind and going ~70, mileage there was only 26. Eh well, better than anything I ever got with my V6 gas-only Escape.

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    Sonic - what do you mean by "going UP was a lot of work"? Do you mean the car lost power or were you still able to maintain speed?

    Thanks

  6. #6
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    Long distance Range

    "Honda Civic Hybrids have a 13-gallon tank"
    Actually it is 11.9 gallons according to the owner's manual and specs on this website.

  7. #7
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    "Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gallons" - my 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid owner's manual

    "The 13.2-gallon gas tank gives the Civic Hybrid an impressive 600+ mile range between fill-ups." - http://www.newspress.com/nash03/03HondaCivicHybrid.html

    "Fuel Tank Capacity: 13 gal." - http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/s/l/slg255/honda.htm

    (Honda Civic Hybrid) "Gas tank 13.2 gal." - http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05...ahoo_hybrids05

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    Long distance Range

    Sorry.
    Well unless Tony D is going to buy a 2003 HCH, it's 11.9 on a 2005 model.

    http://www.hybridcars.com/civic_specs.html

  9. #9
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    Long distance Range

    Weird. Why would they decrease the size of the gas tank?

  10. #10
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    Long distance Range

    I just did a trip from Washington D.C. to the hills of West Virginia and back in a Prius 2005, on a single tank of gas. On the way up I got about 42 mpg and way back nearly 52 mpg. Prius handled the hills quite well, no problem at all.

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