2012 Toyota Prius C Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Toyota

image2012 Toyota Prius C Long-Term Road Test

Read the latest updates in our long-term road test of the 2012 Toyota Prius C as our editors live with this car for a year.

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  • bruggbrugg Member Posts: 7
    This is all great stuff, BUT it is all designed to promote Hybrid vehicles. How about looking at the TOTAL PICTURE. As a Prius owner (2007) having to replace my HV battery u leave one important Hybrid only cost out of the MPG equation. A battery replacement is in the $3000,-$3300 range.
    Mine was replaced at 128,000 mi. That yields a cost of $0.024/mile. At the optimistic in-car MPG calculation of 46 average that gives total cost of $0.1024/mile @ $3.60/gal. The result is that my real cost MPG was 35. If the actual MPG was 40, then my real cost MPG is 31.
    Environment wise there is no accounting for the NiMH (or Li) battery - which undoubtedly has an impact.
    Now add in the hybrid initial cost differential (including subsidies) and tell me what my Total real MPG is compared to an equivalent all gas vehicle.
    Then we can discuss how much it is costing, or I am saving, to help the environment.
    Your numbers and mfg ads promote the MPG savings, which is false economy. The bragging rights and feeling of "helping" the environment appeal to the emotions and at least wrt MPG are inflated. The idea of going further on a fill up are fantasy since most vehicle fuel tanks are sized for about 400 miles of fuel.
    So DO HYBRIDS REALLY REALLY MAKE SENSE in the big picture.
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