I guess I lurked so long I thought I had introduced myself! I'm 27 and a computer programmer in Odessa, MO and I traded in 2 vehicles for my 2007 Prius last April, a 1994 Honda Del Sol Si, and a 2003 Ram 2500 4x4. I wanted something with equal or better fuel economy than my Del Sol, with the practicality of my Ram as far as seating goes. I'd like to have a family someday, so the seats will be nice!
But I kept my 2003 Triumph Speed Four!
Darn car get's better gas mileage though...
For the first 6 months I had a 2 mile commute so I only drove when the weather wasn't conducive to riding my bicycle. (I kept it too!) With that short of a commute I was happy getting 44-46mpg because the poor thing never warmed up.
Now I have moved and I have a 34mile commute. About 10 of those miles are 2 lane 55mph county highways and the remainder is 4 lane divided. I usually average over 50mpg on the back roads, but when I get out on the highway I feel like I almost get ran over sometimes so my mileage only comes out at 48-53mpg depending on weather.
I know I have a lot of room for improvement, but it's been slow going practicing with the crappy weather, and breaking my habit of driving my Del Sol like I stole it! I dropped back down to 44 during all the ice and snow. I aired my tires up to 42/40 and since I have only 2 stops between my driveway and my work parking lot most of what i've been practicing has been p&g.
Anyway, you guys are great and it's been nice to meet everyone. Any advice is well appreciated!
Oh! I just convinced my girl friends parents to buy an 08 Prius when their Taurus died. (burned an exhaust valve) They bought a touring and now I'm so jealous of their headlights! Wonder if they'll notice if theirs looks yellower than usual tomorrow... muahahah