My MPG gauge is within 0.5 miles of actual MPG. The best tips I can give:I just purchased a new 2019 Honda Insight.
I seem to be averaging 39-42 MPG.
1) Can I trust the guages.... Are the guages accurate and reflect accurate results?
2) What techniques improve MPG performance?
ENJOY !!! and have fun with it. Its lots of simple stuff piled upThank you for the good advice. I am slowly inching my MPG up to an average of 43 MPG.
Managing the power seems to get the best results
Costing downhill using regenerative breaking is worth 1 MPG
Left Paddle gets you to 2 and and 1 Right paddle gets you to 1 for a long glide
I find going on freeway behind a good wind break seems to improve mileage using the ACC.
I will experiment next with the Sport mode for accelerating.
That looks strangely familiar to what at least one gen1 insight owners feelings where before buying the car. It made me chuckle a bit at how some things never seem to change with regards to cars.WHAT WOULD BE AWESOME is if Honda gave us a "user programmable" memory mode that we could set up our own parameters on to automatically do what we manually do now to save gas.
True that bummer thing about how the IMA does things that appear to lower mpg due to the way honda setup the IMA system. And the way honda refuses to give owners nothing except regen paddles to control IMA behavior. This has been true since Gen1 insight (19 years) and is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.I wear a jacket and mittens in winter and forego cabin heat whenever I can. It makes a HUGE difference. It's a total bummer when you're descending a long grade and the cabin heat kicks the ICE on when you should really be getting boku MPG on the downhill. If I do use cabin heat, I try to turn it on during uphills when the ICE is running anyway.
I'd like to offer something from the Gen1 world that might give you a big boost, particularly in NY. Gen1 guys used to install a block heater in one of the block core plugs. We had one which was removable with a 1/2 socket drive.That being said, I think I'm going to try something different on the next warmup. Let's try to start out lower on cabin temp and slowly creep it up as the car is in recharge state (engine running). Maybe start at 50 degrees. 68 is warm enough for me in the winter, but I could do with less with a jacket on. And I just thought about switching the cabin air to recirculate in the cabin instead of always using outside fresh air. That could really save on cabin heat. I'll have to try that.
Good point Will. I had thought about that when winter approached. Fortunately, I'm able to garage my car in winter, so initial cabin temps rarely are below 40-50 degrees. In summer, I'm not stingy with the A/C! Thanks!One word of caution, if I may..
The pack uses cabin air temp to heat in winter and cool in summer the hi voltage lithium pack. So unless you use an external heating and/or cooling source for cabin and or pack temp normalization, it's a good idea to at least warm the pack some before exposing it to the IMAs high ampere charge/discharge at extreme ambiant temps, like southern summers and northern winters.
It's not visually noticeable with a healthy battery pack, but can both reduce the packs efficiency and lifecycle.