I decided to post this, to see if anyone else is having this issue.
I bought my CT200h in Pennsylvania. Back in PA it was difficult for me to get under 40MPG, even leaving it in sport mode and driving it like a sports car.
Moved to California, and drove the CT across the country. Since getting out here, my MPG has been miserable. If I want to stay above 40MPG, I have to put it in EV mode every time I accelerate from a stop, accelerating slower than all the Prius around me. It's embarrassing! People get pissed off because I'm accelerating slower than a Yugo! I never had to do that in PA. Out here, I also leave it in Ecco mode all the time.
At first I thought it was the summer gas they use out here. But now they have switched over to the winter gas. I'm still getting 36-38MPG. I did see 38MPG when I was driving cross country, but that was because I was driving on 75MPH roads. 80MPH is definitely not an economical speed.
Is anyone else having this issue? What happened to my CT? I'm sure the dealer is going to laugh at me if I try to complain about this.
I'm not even at 15k miles and have had all scheduled services and recalls done. Does anyone think the exhaust valve recall may have had something to do with this? Is the quality of gas really this bad out in California?