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Old 05-30-2012, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy New 2012 Honda Insight MPG question

I am very new to the Honda Insight and Hybrid all together. I just purchased a 2012 Honda Insight last week. It had 90 miles on it when I bought it. My question is if it is true that the motor needs to be "broken" in to get the best MPG? I am averaging about 41-42 on this tank. I have read several posts, but am not seeing anything specific about the 2012. Sorry if my question is below par
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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People usually do see better MPG as its driven more. After several thousand miles I'd say I gained a couple more MPG. Not terrifically amazing or anything, but hey.

Right now with it blazing hot outside with the A/C on whenever it's being driven I'm not getting any better than low 40's. I've had ECON off and on lately, too.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It'll take a little while to learn how to drive her to get the best mpg. Some people (me) try to get the most mpg every time I drive, and some people (my wife) just drive it like her previous car, a VW Passat (nice car, good power, but that's the problem). Do some reading about what it takes to be a hyper-miler or hyper-miler wannabe like me. Try it then choose which style is best. After 9k miles, when I drive with the air off I now get high 50's to mid 60's per mid in west suburban Chicago suburbs. That's now, in the winter it's not as good. My wife generally gets mid 40's to mid 50's now. On the Xway it's always less than 60 and often less than 55, but I don't do much Xway driving. On a trip to Washington DC and back in April I got about 52mpg real (not mid, mid was 54.5) quite a bit less than usual, but all Xway. I use fuelly to keep track of all my fuelups and put in what the mid says. The mid error goes up as the mpg goes up for me.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard. It can take about 10 thousand miles for the engine to break in and for changing the oil.

There is a broad learning curve and for someone who seems like an expert like me took several month to relearn how to drive my car after an accident.

Basically just setup situations so you can coast more. Dont race to red lights, stop signs. Let your car coast or gently ride the brakes to a stop to put more energy back in the hybrid battery.


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That's what my 2010 gets after nearly 15K miles. I'm in Texas as well, with lots of AC. You'll see higher numbers with more highway miles. In the city, 41-42 is to be expected.
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In the city, 41-42 is to be expected.
41-42 MPG is to be expected if you drive 80 MPH everywhere like my wife.

But hey, low 40's for 80 everywhere is pretty good, IMO!
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I also think it depends on the terrain where you live. I live in Pittsburgh and we have hills everywhere. Even the major highways have hills that go up and down. In the summer my best mpg is around 46 and in the winter where the car runs a lot more to keep it warm I get around 40 mpg. I am super pleased with that though because my old Honda CR-V never got above 23 mpg.
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after having my 2012 EX Insight for over a month (with econ button on all the time and always "on the green"), I've been averaging 52.6 (MID says 55), but yesterday when I put gas, I turned the econ button off and I got an MID average of 62mpg. I've never driven with the econ button off and now I feel like I'm driving a regular car. really cool!
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if the 2013 Insight is going to get better mileage than the 2012 Insight.
I am a bit spoiled as I still have my 2002 Insight(83K miles) and while my mpg isn't as good as some, I can still get as high as 60 mph on the highway if I drive at appropriate speed, without ac, etc. in the summer on the highway.
I am going to keep this car but am going to sell or trade my 2007 Honda Fit for either a 2013 Insight or possibly a Prius, which gets better mpg than does the 2012 Insight and which is generally rated much higher than does the 2012 Insight.
I would like to continue with an Insight but would like to see at least more in the way of mpg and with an automatic transmission.
Anyone have any knowledge of the 2013 Insight re: mpg and overall improvement?
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I don't think Honda would change 2013 since they already did a refresh on 2012 aka change the aerodynamics etc. From what I see from Honda, their slight change/refresh goes by 2 years usually. e.g. 2010-2011 Honda Insight is the same, 2012-2013 would be the same as the refreshed. Same goes for Honda Accords, 2008-2010 same, 2011-2012 slightly refresh on bumpers and tail light.
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