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Old 02-18-2019, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have owned my 2011 insight for 4.5 years now. I recently became really bored driving it despite the high traffic in my area requiring me to stay alert all the time. I know I would love driving a stick shift again, but that's not my plan. I started using paddle shifters as a compromise, and learned I didn't have to sacrifice MPG much after all if I used the shifters wisely. It only takes a little practice to get used to. I know I can engage engine brake even in the drive mode, which seems to improve MPG a bit, but that's not my intention. I just need a fun factor out of insight.

I believe you can achieve comparable mpgs by staying below 70 mph and by wisely shifting gears in the city. I still miss the dynamic stick shift driving which is far more engaging, but paddle shifters give me a compromise that I can live with for now.

What is your experience with paddle shifting/S mode? Never had I thought I would use them again the first time I briefly tried them years ago.
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I'm glad you are having fun with them. I personally never really used them.
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Forgive my ignorance, I've never driven a CVT (anything) with paddle shifters, but how does using the paddles differ from modulating the gas pedal? Every other CVT I've driven gives pretty proportional RPM to throttle percentage.
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The paddle shift "gears" correspond to certain points on the cvt cone simulating a traditional geared tranny
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The paddle shift "gears" correspond to certain points on the cvt cone simulating a traditional geared tranny
Well sure, but you also "shift gears" just by pressing the pedal to varying degrees.
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