"What's all the fuss??"3.0 starson by schlachtos
Pros: Comfortable driver's seat. Attractive (in a standard hybridy sort of way). Easy to park. Better mileage than most of today's other cars. Decent sound system. Affordable. Gives you solid "Green cred."
Cons: Feels tinny. Distracting and confusing dash layout. No rear legroom. Tiny hatchback. Econo mode unusable for city driving in hot climates. Jerky stops.
Summary: Overall I enjoy the Insight when I remember it's a basic economy car. However, I expected more in terms of fuel economy. I have never been able to achieve more than 35 mpg in this car and usually get closer to 33--no matter what the dashboard read outs tell me. Granted I don't attempt to drive in a way that keeps the gauge glowing green all the time but I'm not a 75 year old grandma either. I used to own a '92 Honda Civic 5 speed in which I could easily exceed that kind of mileage most of the time no matter how hard I drove it. So what's the big deal about hybrid technology if a nearly 20 year old car could give you the same or better result?
The main problem with my poor mileage I am guessing is that you cannot turn on the econo mode in town--I live in Honolulu. Whenever you stop at a red light (every block on our congested streets) the engine shuts off, which is great for fuel economy I suppose. However, the air conditioning compressor also shuts down meaning you are immediately blasted with hot air making any ride in the city comparable to stepping in and out of a sauna every 5 minutes. I would love this car if I still lived in a cool climate where rolling down the windows is an option and where the vast majority of my driving isn't constant stop and go. Too bad that's not my situation.
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