Toyota Prius vs BMW M3

2 Jul

No, not a race, but for fuel efficiency! This season Top Gear (BBC show) tested a Toyota Prius Hybrid vs a BMW M3pure petrol car. They ran ten laps around the track to see who would get the best gas mileage? Should be an easy win for the hybrid right? The Prius gets an estimated 46 mpg on the highway while the M3 gets an estimated 23 mpg.

Well, the clip is below and you will see that it isn’t just that both cars ran the track. The Toyota Prius went at top speed and the BMW was asked to merely follow it.

So the BMW won, but the Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson made a VERY stinging point. It isn’t necessarily WHAT you drive it is HOW you drive! I also like the point on how much damage is done to the environment to make those batteries that help us “save the environment.” I love this show, I wish it aired in HD and not months delayed in America!

I just wish I could show this clip to all the drivers flying by me on the turnpike at 5:30 in the morning. I’ve never felt so slow going 75 before!


3 Responses to “Toyota Prius vs BMW M3”

  1. priusowner July 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    This is the stupidest test in the world. The prius is designed to save energy while braking, coasting etc. If run at full pelt, it will only use the 1.5 l petrol engine which for a car this size, is not very efficient. The truth is in the daily run. Try doing the same run on your way towork in the morning and see who has to fill up earlier.

  2. Joe O. July 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    First off, thanks for checking out my blog!

    Second, I would appreciate it if you don’t make assumptions about someone else’s experiences based on your own. My commute to work consists of 3 minutes down a 50 mph 4 lane road at 5:30am (no traffic) and then 15 minutes at 75+mph on the Turnpike (no traffic). Obviously the Prius’ energy saving design would not help me very much. Which brings up the real point…

    If you read my blog and listen to Mr. Jeremy Clarkson, you would see that he made the HUGE point that “It isn’t WHAT you drive but HOW you drive it.” That was the point. Hybrids are only gas saving in certain situations. If you need to drive at a high rate of speed 98% of the time, what good are they?

    Not to mention the environmental damage caused by the manufacturing of the batteries contained. Some reports actually have that process completely un-doing any good that you may be doing by using less fossil fuel.

    I’m sure you will never come back and you will never read this since you chose not to give a true E-Mail address. I hope you are enjoying your Prius and I’m sure that in your part of Ireland it happens to work out very well.

    Again, thanks for visiting!

  3. Dassin July 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    How you drive, that’s a fine point indeed.

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