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Click & Clack
Talk Cars
“The Tappet Brothers’’

By Ray Magliozzi

Slow and Steady winS
the PriuS race
BY RAY MAGLIOZZI

by accelerating very gently,
Do Prius owners really think they can coax their mileage up
they need to set the (slow) from 53.8 mpg to 54.1 mpg.
That makes them feel good.
pace for everyone else?
So
they learn to feather that
Very often, at the head of a
gas
pedal and take 25 seconds
line of slow-moving vehicles is
to
get
from 0-60 while you’re
a Prius, or one will pull out in
cursing
at them through your
front of another car and slow
windshield.
down every car behind it.
Dear Car Talk:

It’s not that the Prius can’t
Is it because the car cannot
accelerate.
It will accelerate
accelerate, or is it because the
like
pretty
much
any other car
owners of that particular car
if
you
put
your
foot
down.
feel the need to control others?
And it’s not that they feel a
-- Susan
need
to be controlling. They’re
I don’t think it’s either one,
just pursuing their personal
Susan.
goal of maximizing their
We know a famous mileage -- because they care
researcher named Dr. David about it, and they’re constantly
Giovannoni. We call him measuring it.
Dr. Joe Baloney. He once
Likewise, if you measured your
explained to us that humans
blood pressure, Susan, you’d
(and organizations) achieve
probably find that it goes up when
what they measure.
you’re stuck behind a Prius.
So, for instance, if you want
If you took a few deep
to lose weight, what would you
breaths and said to yourself,
do? Well, you might cut out
“How nice, there’s a person
sweets, drink water instead
who cares about the planet
of soda and maybe start to
and is making the world a
exercise (Note: we’re talking
better place by wasting less
about you, not me).
fuel,” you’d see your blood
Then you’d get on a scale. pressure go down.
And if the number on the scale
Then you’d throw the blood
was lower than it was the
pressure monitor out the window
week before, you’d keep doing
and pass the Prius with a few
those things, because you’d
choice hand gestures.
know they’re working.
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You achieve what you
Got a question about cars?
measure.
Write to Ray in care of King
Now, who buys a Toyota
Features, 628 Virginia Drive,
Prius? Someone who wants
Orlando, FL 32803, or email by
to get better gas mileage than
visiting the Car Talk website at
the rest of us mortals. And www.cartalk.com.
guess what a big screen on the
***
dashboard of the Prius does? It
(c)
2019
by
Ray Magliozzi
measures mileage. Constantly.
and
Doug
Berman
By watching the numbers
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change on that screen, Prius
drivers learn very quickly that Syndicate, Inc.

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