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Here's a write up about some guy that documented how much he was paying for fuel compared to other people he knows that drive hybrids also compared it to his previous vehicle, a Previa.

In total, he saved $2500 the first year of owning the prius with a gas bill of $1500!

read below.....

Everyone knows fossil fuel combustion, particularly in motor vehicles, is the largest contributor to air pollution in the world. According to the EPA, US Environmental Protection Agency the personal automobile is the single greatest polluter, as emissions from millions of vehicles on the road add up. Driving a car is probably a person’s most polluting daily activity. In today’s socially conscience society, more and more drivers are switching to hybrid cars that emit a minimum of pollutants. A recent trip to Vancouver revealed several taxi companies have converted their entire fleet to the Toyota Prius. Last year, I too, took the plunge, and purchased a 2010 Toyota Prius IV right out of the showroom. Toyota Cars, Trucks, SUVs & Accessories I have also noticed a lot more Priuses on the road; since I have proudly joined the green movement. On top of that, I now enjoy a weekly gas bill averaging a low $30. This led me to the obvious question; just how much money is my brand new Toyota Prius saving me?

To answer this question, I took a poll of our friends and family who purchased brand new non-hybrid cars last year, right out of the showroom, and compared their costs with mine. Here’s a comparison of the more popular models. Keep in mind that gas prices over the past year fluctuated between $2.72 to $3.83 per gallon in the east coast of the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

All of the drivers polled follow this regiment.

These drivers live in the Northeastern United States, which experiences all four seasons with heavy snow in the winter and up to 100 degree heat in the summer.National and Local Weather Forecast, Hurricane, Radar and Report
These drivers primarily use their car for commuting back and forth to work (<50 miles daily).
These drivers meticulously bring their car in for their 5,000 and 10,000 mile tune ups, and so on. Remember, these were purchased right out of the showroom.
These drivers do not have a heavy foot. They do what they can to save gas, as we all do.

Model - Price Paid - Avg Weekly Gas Bill - Avg MPG - Manufacturer MPG
Toyota Prius IV - $26,581 - $33 weekly bill - 42 avg mpg - 48/51 manuf. mpg
Toyota RAV4 - $25,496 - $51 weekly bill - 20 avg mpg - 22/28 manuf. mpg
Subaru Forester - $29,374 - $55 weekly bill - 20 avg mpg - 21/27 manuf. mpg
Honda CRV - $24,234 - $40 weekly bill - 19 avg mpg - 21/28 manuf. mpg
Toyota Camry LE - $26,495 - $56 weekly bill - 20 avg mpg - 22/23 manuf. mpg

As you can see, my Toyota Prius stands out as the winner for most economical. There are ways I can tweak the mpg on my Prius even further; starting with the standards,

prolonging the coasting portion of any downhill stretch
avoiding cold starts
avoiding rush hour traffic
avoiding driving during inclement weather (rain, snow, and sleet)
The best part of the Prius multi-information display is the energy monitor. It actually tells me how much gas I have already consumed, along with my average fuel economy, my distance to empty, my average speed and trip distance. But let’s face it, no matter what the conditions are, like most people, I still have to get to work on time and back home, five days a week. I try to “glide” or “coast” as often as I can and don’t worry about the rest.

It has been about a year since we bought our 2010 Toyota Prius, and our gas bill for the past 12 month totals around $1,500. Compare that to the gas bill for the car we replaced with the Prius; our 1993 Toyota Previa, which totaled an average of $4,000. The savings is $2,500 our first year. The new car smell is still going strong and so is our feeling of social superiority and financial acumen. Time for a collective pat on our backs for being green and saving green.
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I had a gas guzzling V8 years ago and calculated all the money I spent on gas, $5000 was how much I spent in one year! That could be a nice down payment on a Prius. It makes sense, pay the bit extra now and save thousands down the road.

Carbon Fiber is getting cheaper with the need increasing so hopefully we can get even better fuel economy numbers in the future with the use of CF parts.

Right now it will cost too much, but in the future I bet Toyota will be all over carbon fiber parts.

Maybe then we can save another $1000 :D
it really depends how you drive, your foot is the best way to save gas!

top gear did a test, on a prius going all out on a track and a BMW m3 just keeping up to the prius. the prius wasted more gas.
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