Similar cars tried:
Alphard, BMW X5, Odyssey, Stepwagn, Prius V
some traffic, urban area
Duration of car driven:
Great on fuel economy in short stretch of congested traffic. I am very fuel cautious when driving it and tried to recharge the battery by letting the car roll on downhill as much as possible and using brake wisely. My dad however, being used to conventional ICE cars is of erratic on throttle and hard on the pedal when taking off, he gets about 11 to 13 km/L. My best record with mostly highway traffic can log a 18km/L. That was better than the little ford fiesta with 1.6L of the same year. Despite using a decade old chassie, it does it job well as a MPV, handling is appalling comparing to the Euros but better than hyundai H1. I cannot imagine driving a 2.4L hybrid Alphard/Vellfire, estima is heavy enough for that little engine at a premium price tag. Overall it offers the best value among the Japs MPV with an acceptable interior.