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Old 05-04-2017, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Even the longest of the 7 simulated gears in the 2nd gen Insight CVT is not as long as the max ratio in D. In which it resides all the time if you go at a steady speed above 35 mph.
So if you go for max economy the paddle shifter gears are useless.

Going down a mountain is another story. Paddle shifters let you choose the level of engine braking, which is very useful. Going up it is back to D again as it climbs very well in D and it negotiates the hairpin bends like a dream, while trying to paddle shift in hairpin bends is comical.
2011 Honda Insight + HID, LEDs, tiny PV panel, extra brake pad return springs, neutral wheel alignment, 44/42 PSI (air), PHEV light (inop), tightened wheel nut.
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