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Old 03-28-2011, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My new Insight LX - first tank

Just got my new Insight LX on Saturday... out the door for just under 19,300... I think that's decent (though I'm sure that discussion is on another forum) Anyway...

My mileage started in the low 30s (the average says) and has only gone up to around 37, but I really think I'm getting better mileage than that. I won't know, of course, until I refill the tank... it's only now hit the top green bar after more than 70 miles... But is it fairly normal to get low mpg that first time? I assumed perhaps the car needed more of a sample to average from or something.

Also I'm driving mostly slow stop and go, or at least I will be, going from home to work, and I'm sure that will end up affecting things. But, I would hope to at least get 40 all the time with the city estimate being 41.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think the Insight's gas mileage is really terrible when the engine is cold (as with most cars), but doubly so because the engine never shuts off when it's cold. Also, I find that in my Insight, the gas mileage really suffers in stop and go traffic. In true stop and go traffic, I probably average about 25 mpg (I mean a mix of bumper to bumper and stop/go at traffic lights, etc.). However, the Insight really seems to shine on the highway, where I can get 55+ mpg.

That being said, my commute is half highway, half stop and go traffic (by distance). I averaged about 44 mpg my first tank, with A/C on at all times and econ on.
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Actually I can't say I've been in stop and go, it's just been pretty slow driving (max 40) and stop lights. Though I did hit the highway for awhile yesterday going out to Vienna for some Mexican food

37mpg isn't terrible, it's certainly better than I was getting in my 2005 elantra, but it's claiming I still have about 460 range left on the tank, so I really think I'm getting better than 30s. I'm hoping the gauge is wrong

Still... the car was 4-5k cheaper than an equivalent Prius in this area. I'd never save that much money on gas and I like driving the Insight a lot more (my Mom has a Prius, the blind spots are hell).
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Congrats on your new car. My first tank was around 41mpg, and it only got better. Stop and go will hit your mpg, and short commutes (<10 min) will kill it. Don't get worried until you have 2 or 3 refills, and try to mix in a few long drives. I think your mpg will improve.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default 53 highway, 34 slow city/stop & go

Picked-up mine today. On the way to the dealership (about 40 mostly highway miles, on the DC Beltway then I-95 to Baltimore) I drove my '02 Prius - easy 52mpg on which I have +2 width high-performance tires (20mm wider than stock, same diameter, definitely not low rololing resistance by design), which decreases the mileage noticeably.

On the 40miles back from the dealership I dorve the Insight at similar speeds - 53mpg flat (staying at around 55mph average speed each way). I might be able to improve on that once I get more used to the car - it seems on relatively flat roads close to 55mpg on the highway at under 60 mph speeds seems reasonable to get without too much sacrifice... Have not checked the tire pressure on the Insight yet - whatever came from the lot, where on the Prius I have a little over 40psi usually, so that might be the equalizing factor despite the less fuel efficient tires on the Prius.

Way too early to say, but it seems the 2011 Insight is almost a match for the 10 year old generation of Prius, when driven extremely gently .

I have yet to drive the Insight the way I often drive my Prius. From the little I've seen from the Insight in stop and go traffic today (another 20 miles or so), I'm fairly certain the Prius will have the edge when driven in a more lively way - I seldom fall below 36mpg in the Prius when driven quite aggresively in very active Washington DC and beltway traffic with a car rack on top (often with a kayak or two) and a heavy right foot (e.g. usually the fastest off the light and maintaining position or passing after that).
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Actually I can't say I've been in stop and go, it's just been pretty slow driving (max 40) and stop lights. Though I did hit the highway for awhile yesterday going out to Vienna for some Mexican food

37mpg isn't terrible, it's certainly better than I was getting in my 2005 elantra, but it's claiming I still have about 460 range left on the tank, so I really think I'm getting better than 30s. I'm hoping the gauge is wrong

Still... the car was 4-5k cheaper than an equivalent Prius in this area. I'd never save that much money on gas and I like driving the Insight a lot more (my Mom has a Prius, the blind spots are hell).
Speaking of blind spots, the Insight has pretty big blind spots right where the horizontal bar splitting the glass on the tailgate meets the sides of the car. I suppose I could adjust my side mirrors closer, but then I would have big blind spots on my sides and have to turn my head over my shoulders!
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Speaking of blind spots, the Insight has pretty big blind spots right where the horizontal bar splitting the glass on the tailgate meets the sides of the car. I suppose I could adjust my side mirrors closer, but then I would have big blind spots on my sides and have to turn my head over my shoulders!
you call it a blind spot, i call it the best headlight dimmer in the world. I love that when someone rides my *** i am not going blind from it.

slightly more on topic... i have had 3 fill ups since i got my 2010 EX... avg of the 3 has been around 40mpg. looking forward to the summer where the heat and highway road trips will hopefully push me into the 50s
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If that is really a problem, maybe Honda should add automatic dimming rear view/side view mirrors to their list of options!
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The way I deal with glare is to aim my outside mirrors way out (to the max they would allow on the Insight). This also eliminates blind spots on the side of the car.

That takes some getting used to, but once you get used to it, it is great! The Insight has huge outside mirrors and they cover a lot of ground. When aimed to the side rather than back, you get no glare from vehicles behind you, only from the ones that pass you and only for a short time (and less than you would get otherwise, because their beams are not directed at you and you only get the peripheral light from their beams...).

Basically, you rely on the inside rear view mirror to monitor the cars in the lane behind you and use the side mirrors to monitor the cars in the lanes to the side of you. With this confguration you have no blind spots as far as I can tell.

The only disadvantage is when parking - you can't see well the curb and you may need to temporarily adjust the outside mirror towards the car to see it.

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I've gotten used to the Insight blind spots very quickly... probably because I knew what to expect, having driven my Mom's Prius, but it's not nearly as bad as the Prius. The Prius drove me crazy, and anytime I see one near me on the road, now, I watch them like a hawk to make sure they don't side swipe me.

The Insight side mirrors are great, but I've always looked over my shoulder to double check and always will. I think it's pretty necessary in the Insight.

Hey, someone else who lives in the D.C. metro area! I haven't seen you or your Insight yet. I haven't seen another Insight yet at all! It's almost lonely... On the other hand, I get to smirk at the Prius owners, who in this area paid at least 5k more than I did. Heh heh.

I guess I can't complain about 37mpg when my avg speed has been 19mph lately. I hate my commute.
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