Originally Posted by Brezel Fan
I think it might have something to do with how we drive individually. Perhaps my driving habits lead to better mileage without the ECON button on for some reason, although I would sure like to know why for goodness sakes. We have not had extreme weather here so the air conditioner/heater has not been used full power and that is what the ECON mode regulates the most I think. Not sure what else the ECON button regulates when engaged.
I have continued to drive without and I am still consistently getting between 55-60, as opposed to the 45-50 range. I will start taking notes and do some trials on a full tank. Has anyone else messed around with this?
I've been lurking on the site for awhile. Have read and learned a whole lot, and took a test drive yesterday and plan to order an Insight 2 later today. So I thought today I'd start participating some.
Thanks for all your postings. The mpg numbers are just the reverse of what I'd expect; 45-50 mpg no ECON, but driving style for good mileage, and 55-60mpg with ECON on and driving style for good milaeage. My first thought is to check for green flower in left corner near the rpm gauge. If its on and green you are in ECON mode. ECON does a whole lot, electronicly, to increase gas mileage.
Second thought is that if the better mileage really is with ECON off you probably have the greatest feather foot known to man, and the highest of driving skill in getting the very most out of every drop of gas!
I don't think wind is enough of a factor to have this much of an effect. Although I did hear of someone who never started their engine with the car standing still. He always gave it a push to get it going, before starting the engine ......you know ..bodys in motion tend to stay in motion, bodys at rest....etc.
(It takes the most gas to get a car moving...much less to keep it moving.)
'06 Insight 1 54.7 mpg over 45k (incl. hills, cold, and CVT)
'96, '98, '00, '02 Saturn SL1 35.75 mpg avg. over-all