With the risk of being flamed on, we’re going to talk today about an unique, kinda weird, test drive that Jeremy Clarkson and his team put together: the almighty BMW M3 vs. the “Ms. Green” Toyota Prius. The video was first posted in June of 2008, but we’re guilty of missing the moment when it aired. If you’ve seen the video, feel free to take a pass on this one.
When my buddy Alex pinged me to show me this video, I thought he has lost his mind and I could say I found it a bit insulting to show me such video. I mean, come on, the all-time superfast and cool M3 to be compared to the …..Prius? What’s this world turned into…..
But I was quickly reminded that the purpose of this video is, to quote Jeremy Clarkson, that “it isn’t what you drive that matters, it’s how you drive it”. So what does this translate into?
Well, Jeremy and his TopGear team decided to make this odd drive comparison and see which car achieves better gas mileage after 10 laps of a race track. The idea was to really push to the max the 1.5 liter 4 cylinder, 110 horsepower Toyota Prius, while the M3′s job was simply to keep up with it.
After 10 laps, surprisingly, Jeremy gives the M3 some credit, with its 19.4 MPG fuel consumption versus the 17.2 MPG for the Prius.
Does that mean that the BMW M3 is more economical than the Prius? Not really, if the test would have been conducted during a broader mileage range and in different driving situations, the Prius, as expected, would have come on top.
Bottom line: drive the car it should be driven and you will get that advertised MPG.
[Photo Credit: GreenOptimistic ]