• Dec 2nd 2009 at 5:22PM
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There's no doubt that the single biggest reason to choose a hybrid vehicle is to decrease fuel consumption, and that's true regardless of what class of vehicle you are considering. From the largest hulking SUVs to the smallest little Insight, hybrid purchasers are hoping to save big time money on their fuel bills. So, just how much is it possible to reasonably expect to save?

The answer lies in the word "reasonably." There are some that just want to drive their cars the same way as they always have and be rewarded with good efficiency. Others, sometimes known as hypermilers, are willing to go to extremes to minimize fuel consumption. So, the question is: Just how low can you go?

How about 85 mpg from a new Lexus HS 250h? That's the figure that Clark Heideger from Lexus Magazine managed to coax from Lexus' new luxury fuel sipper. But don't expect that result to be easily repeatable. As Heideger himself says, "My tests were about as scientific as an episode of Scooby Doo." Still, if you want to know how he did it, click here for the whole story. Thanks for the tip, Renan!

[Source: Lexus Magazine]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      He doesn't actually say how he got 85mpg.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Why do people do such stupid things, and why are they reported in such a stupid way? I actually read the article, expecting to find something interesting. But no, it amounts to this: NEWS FLASH! GRAVITY EXISTS!

        For crying out loud, I can get zero fuel consumption ("infinite mpg") in ANY car going down a hill. (Hint: don't turn the engine on. And yes, you may have to have the key in and turned part way to prevent the steering from locking, and without power steering and power brakes it isn't going to be fun and it isn't going to be possible to do it at high speed, but... you can do it.)

        I can also manage just 20 mpg in a Prius going up a steep hill.

        Why would anyone report a result with a significant elevation difference without making that clear up front? I drove down a mountain and I didn't burn much fuel. Well, DUH!
        • 8 Months Ago
        He cheated. He started the test at an elevation of 3022 feet and stopped when he reached Seattle.

        There are real ways to reliably get high mileage from HSD vehicles... hypermiling techniques like Pulse and Glide. Prius drivers have been consistently able to break 100MPG using this technique. This guy really didn't use any of those techniques.
      • 8 Months Ago
      $42K for a fancy Camry that looks like a Corolla?

      No thanks.
      • 8 Months Ago
      nice. even when he tried to make the mileage look bad, he still got 35 mpg.

      rolling down windows, 4 people, power mode, AC, lead foot, luggage, etc.
      but i think he could get below 35 mpg if he did long distance driving. city driving makes hybrids look better.
        • 8 Months Ago
        City driving only makes hybrids look better if it's gentle city driving with moderate acceleration and gentle deceleration.

        Lead-footing it from light to light, it's easy to get half the EPA city rating in a hybrid.

        The long distance driving would have to be at high speeds.
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