Yeah, there's a lot to fathom out! I think the eco setting makes the throttle response less (easier to accelerate gently, keep in the "green" zone), and the power setting increases throttle response, much harder to accelerate gently, straight into the "red" zone. Of my "highway" less than half is fairly level single carriageway "A" roads, the rest hilly, narrow and potholed country roads. I did hope for a bit better, but still happy to beat my old i20s first tank. There is very little EV range, it shows on-board how the power is flowing nicely. I think pulse and glide is better, will have to test. Being harassed to play darts, better go!
It seems to me the difference in the settings is how far you depress the pedal for a given amount of throttle response with Eco being the least sensitive and taking the most pedal travel for a given response. That seems to make it easier to stay out of the power zone and get the best mpg as a result. Normal is just normal and Power setting seems to be like adding another cog so it moves the throttle more for a given amount of pedal travel. I've only tried Power once or twice for just a few minutes so I don't have much experience with it. Just my impressions from a few months and a few thousand miles, nothing technical or official. I hope it's clear enough to make some sense.
Thanks LDB, bet you're right - my Maxpower colleague guessed the PWR setting may firm suspension too, but I doubt it, think he's imagining some BMW sports sedan!
Tried leaving it in normal all day, seemed to end the day on a worse figure so popped back in ECO - in case it has other hidden benefits. Should really read the full manual, but 800 pages...maybe asking stuff in Prius Chat is easier!
Apologies if this is in the wrong place or my search found it but my eyes couldn't see it.
Would it be difficult to have our Fuelly numbers show our mpg as it does now, in our home or primary mileage system, and then beneath that to show what it would be in other systems? By that I mean mine being U.S. mpg would show my current 49.8mpg but then it would also show xx.x UKmpg and yy.y IMPmpg and the same for everyone so we could more easily compare and contrast with our global online friends?
Are you referring to your Forum signature or in general when looking at your Fuelly Profile?
Even the manual says you'll be lucky to get more than 0.6 miles in EV mode (battery only, no petrol) - but by switching to EV as I dropped into Scarborough, it took me down the hill and round both bays - 3.5 miles - on pure electricity!
Yes and not really on driving on electric with a hybrid. Unless it has a plug, all the energy for those electric miles originated in the gasoline. Timing EV mode so it keeps the engine from firing up at points where you know it will only run for a short time can help fuel economy.
Use it too much, and the it will drop your fuel economy as the car will run the engine longer later on to recharge the battery.
Toyota included EV mode as a convenience device to allow moving the car between parking spots, or out of the garage to wash it, without having the ICE come an perform the warm up sequence for a trip it isn't going on.