BMW M3 vs. Toyota Prius: “It’s how you drive it that matters….”

3-Series | June 12th, 2009 by 11
priusvsm3 BMW M3 vs. Toyota Prius: Its how you drive it that matters....

With the risk of being flamed on, we’re going to talk today about a test drive that Jeremy Clarkson and his team put together: the …

With the risk of being flamed on, we’re going to talk today about a test drive that Jeremy Clarkson and his team put together: the almighty BMW M3 vs. the “Ms. Green” Toyota Prius.

So the 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?

priusvsm3 BMW M3 vs. Toyota Prius: Its how you drive it that matters....

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 ]

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