I read Richard Truett's column (May 10) on the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid.
I can't speak for the Honda, but our Prius easily achieves 50-plus mpg, according to the mileage calculator built into the car's computer system.
Apparently (according to the consensus on the Prius owners' group on Yahoo!), one has to break the car in for a while before it hits its stride.
My wife is the primary driver, commuting 16.1 miles each way from West Los Angeles to Burbank, using a combination of city streets and the freeway at rush hour.
It's pretty sad when 32 miles can take two hours out of your day, but that's another story.
Truett probably is receiving a lot of e-mail because his story was posted on the group site.
Let me assure you, the group includes some hyperfastidious owners who calculate their mileage as if the next Mars landing depended on their accuracy.
Fastidiousness notwithstanding and with all due respect, I'm sure most objective observers would tend to give credence to several dozen 50-plus mpg records rather than tests, which were over a period of only three weeks and with probably very low-mileage vehicles.