Since Holly's moving to NJ and will be driving back down here a lot, she traded in her gas-guzzling Takoma pickup for a Toyota Prius. I checked it out tonight for the first time---that car is slick!
She got all the bells and whistles, including the built-in GPS. The computer screen displays all kinds of dangerous-looking data on the electric-fuel hybrid efficiency---such as a bar graph that displays a running 30-minute average for fuel efficiency and battery recharge levels. It's a bit mesmerizing---and therefore a bit dangerous! I'd find myself staring at it as I drifted across the yellow line...LOL
The upshot is that after driving it around for a day, Holly and I were competing to see who could get the most kickin' efficiency. This was a blast, but it inevitably requires driving like a 90-year-old. Acceleration kills fuel efficiency, so I'm certain we were irritating the heck out of drivers behind us as we c-r-a-w-l-e-d up to speed, trying to keep that "Mpg-O-Meter" up above 50 or 60mpg.
The bottom line? Average fuel efficiency so far is over 50mpg---not bad, and beats the snot out of the Takoma! (Plus we have that environmental "feel good glow" about using half the gas...)
Anyone else have a hybrid?