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I am new to the Insight as I purchased a 2003 CVT a week ago. It had 24000 miles when I bought it in Sarasota, FL then drove to Minnesota for my Grandmothers funeral and then back home to Houston, TX. I averaged 48 mpg on the trip from FL to MN but while tooling around in MN it rose to 59 mpg. On the MN to TX leg I was at 51 MPG. Driving was in the 70 - 75 range most of the way each trip on the Freeway.

Can I get any tips from anyone on what to do for my new Insight. I will be checking my tire pressue tomorrow/
 

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From the sounds of it your are doing everything right, considering it's a CVT. The best trip mileage I got in my CVT was 71.2pmg, but I was only able to get that once. If mileage is the main goal, then the 5 speed is what you want.
 

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Congratulations on your new Insight. I'm a new Insight driver, too and I'm new to manual transmission as well.

You got over 70 mpg in your CVT! That's an accomplishment.

A co-worker told me that Hummers get 9 mpg highway. They waste more gas turning on the ignition than you will use to actually get somewhere.

2005 Silver Insight 5 spd no AC "Serenity" lmpg 67.3 and barely out of break-in.
 

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If you would like to squeeze some extra miles out of your CVT Insight, then slow down to 65, and try to keep the AC off. I usually get 55 - 58 when I do that.
 

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In Bluebelle (2002 CVT) I have managed to get over 60 by going slow, no AC, but I have never gotten into the 70s on any sustained driving. She has the weird 'Sonar' tires on her, which probably reduce mpg, but don't seem to as much as I would have expected.

Mid to high 50s seems achievable for tank mileages, but pretty hard to get a whole lot more in real world conditions.
 

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I agree with figgy. It's pretty easy to get in the high 50's with a CVT. However, it's rare to break 60. Once I drove round trip from San Jose to Monterey and got 61. (About a 3 hour drive.) That sure made me smile!
 

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Well I average 60 mpg on a cross country trip from CA to MI. Then got 50 coming back, probably because I was in a rush to get home. Tires were at 50 psi.
 

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I hate to boast but I got 104.7mpg on my 90+mile commute a few weeks ago. My mileage drops below 70 if im doing 80+mph

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Another New Insight Owner

I purchased my 05 CVT Insight about 16 days.

I have around 30 mile work commute, some highway, some small hills, some flat road.

I have been getting mid 50's on the mpg. My record so far was yesterday. 60.4 mpg with around 60.2 miles on the segment.

I am very happy with mid 50's. 8) My other car is a 02 Lexus RX300. It averages 21 mpg on a good day. :roll: Of course the ride isn't quite the same :wink:
 

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I think all CVT owners are well aware of the better MPG offered by the 5 speed, however I am quite happy with 50+MPG and not having my left leg cramp up every day creeping along in commuter traffic. Just a matter of choice we all have.....
 

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The lack of shifting was key to my decision on the CVT as the traffic sucks in Houston (where I am now) and Minneapolis (where I will be working in a few months). I have a 2004 Z-71 Suburban with 8000 miles on it. 14 miles per gallon is pushing it in Houston Traffic. The Suburban is going to my wife to be as she has 4 kids and drives aprox 60 miles per week. I am moving to Wisconsin in a few months and will be driving approx 800 miles per week for work, hence the need for mpg.

On long trips, the suburban rides like a dream compared to the Insight as I just finished a 3000 mile trip and it was agonizing in the Insight as I was not used to the stiffness and lack of crusie control. BUT but once you figure in the mpg (19 on the freeway for the Suburban versus 50 for the Insight) there is no comparison. I just ordered cruise control for the insight and will be installing it in a few weeks.

The more I drive the Insight around town the more fun I have as it zips around pretty good as oppsed to the lumbering of the Suburban.
 

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I've been averaging 65mph on my 70 mile (each way) work commute. It's full of hills and bad roads, with a tad of traffic, but I've learned how to drive to maximize my economy. I draft a lot of bigrigs and go slowslowslow!

I have a CVT.

My best mileage run was yesterday morning, actually, when I hit an average of 73.4mpg for my drive. If it weren't for a LONG grade up the 101 freeway I would have been around 75-76
 
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