My commute is approx 23 miles one way, about 20+ miles of it are on a freeway and I drive 65-75 mph (for the SoCal people, I drive from Fallbrook to Escondido on the 15 freeway). I live on a hill and have to climb 2 more hills to get to work. I have been concerned that my batteries will be near half when I leave my house in the morning, due to the drive home the night before. And because of the hills I have to climb getting to work, my batteries would never be fully charged until just as I get to work.
My car has the CVT and not the manual trans. But I've learned this week, that if I shift to the "S" mode when climbing the hills, my batteries stay above 3/4 full all the way home. With my commute and the way I was driving (before using "S" mode) I would get 50 mpg, but I was concerned about the battery drain. This week with my commute, I am getting 49+ mpg and my batteries never seem to drain below 3/4, and stay fully charged much more (which means better mpg).
I think I'm learning how to drive my car better
I love this thing!!