Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > Hybrids
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-27-2010, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Maryland USA
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hello, new Honda Insight II owner here

Hello, everyone, I wish to introduce myself in this forum where I hope to learn a lot, and have some fun as well. I bought a 2010 silver/grey Insight EX three weeks ago and have already put nearly 3,000 miles on it. I put about 3,000 miles each month on my daily-driven car, and I thought it was about time to get a fuel-efficient automobile, what with the state of the economy of the world (and my own economic situation), the oil disaster in the Gulf, the thought that there will always be another war in the Middle East, etc. etc. I'm pretty fuel-efficient in my own home and have usually managed to get better than the EPA estimates in all my previous daily-driver cars, going back a few decades, but I know next to nothing about hypermiling and other serious techniques to improve fuel economy. I still have fast, modified cars that I hardly get the chance to drive these days, a 1993 Lexus SC300 with a Toyota Turbo Supra engine (425 wheel hp) and a supercharged 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup (250 wheel hp), so I guess I do know something about making automobiles more efficient, if only to waste more gas.

Back to the Insight, so far I've been very happy with it. It's my first Honda, but most people in my family drive Honda products, and I am familiar with the quality and long-term reliability of the cars. With the Insight, I have no complaints about the design, fit or finish; everything works as it should, the car feels tight, there are absolutely no rattles. I've read some reviews that criticized its ride for being too harsh; I think the ride, traction and handling are just right for something that isn't a sports car. I don't know, maybe people are just used to thinking that a hard ride is anything doesn't feel like a 1970 Cadillac land yacht. Compared to the Mazda3 and non-hybrid Civic that I rented recently, the Insight feels sportier, corners faster, doesn't lean as much and has more precise steering. I'm also satisfied about the fuel economy. I'm usually in Drive, with the Eco button on, and I try to drive fairly smartly, anticipating stops, coasting when I can, but nothing extreme. I have appointments to keep throughout the day, and I go from 1 or 2 to 10 mph over the speed limit. I also live in a congested area, the DC-Baltimore corridor. Not counting the first tankful, because I'm sure the dealership shorted me on what was supposed to be a full tank, I've put five tankfuls through the tailpipe, and my lowest calculated mpg is 48.9, with every other one between 50.2 and 50.6. The only change I've made is to pump the tires up to the max, 44 psi. I'm already thinking about easy ways to make the car more efficient. Now the Insight's stock wheels are 15x5.5 inch alloys weighing 16 pounds each. They have a peculiar 4-lug pattern, so it will be difficult to find really good, light wheels for it. I've got a set of Subaru-fitment SSR Comp wheels in my basement, 16x7 inches and only 11 pounds per wheel. I would think that a similar wheel for my Insight, in a 15x6 size, might weigh less than 10 pounds. As I said, I have a lot to learn.....

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 06-27-2010, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
Dartmouth 2010
 
SVOboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hanover, NH
Posts: 6,427

Vegan Powa! - '91 Honda CRX DX
Team Honda
90 day: 66.52 mpg (US)
Thanks: 92
Thanked 114 Times in 82 Posts
Send a message via AIM to SVOboy Send a message via MSN to SVOboy Send a message via Yahoo to SVOboy
Welcome to EcoModder!

Anyway, just making a quick note, in general, the aerodynamics of your wheels is going to be a bit more important than the weight, so before you consider dumping a lot of money into wheels, take a look at the wheels than come on the old insight and civic hybrid. They're decently light AL plus they're aero. And the tires are incredibly light.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master Novice
 
elhigh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SE USA - East Tennessee
Posts: 2,291

Josie - '87 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 29.31 mpg (US)

Felicia - '09 Toyota Prius Base
90 day: 50.73 mpg (US)
Thanks: 406
Thanked 596 Times in 437 Posts
If you're spending most of your time at cruising velocity, don't worry so much about the weight of the wheels. The added inertia doesn't hurt you much. If you're doing a lot of stop-and-go or spend a lot of time in the almost mythically potholed DC and NoVA roads, then lighter wheels will make for a more economical, smoother ride.

I grew up in DC, I know the roads can be a disaster.

Add smoothie wheel covers, or make some fender skirts for the rear wheel wells (how do they pitch it as an economy car and leave those big air buckets open like that?) for better air flow control.

__________________




Lead or follow. Either is fine.
  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: All USED Honda Insight Parts For Sale Fabio For Sale 17 06-16-2013 02:49 PM
Project: Rebuilding an '01 Honda Insight as a nonhybrid Fabio Hybrids 158 01-12-2013 11:59 AM
Honda Insight owner slows down: MPG up 14% MetroMPG Hybrids 4 11-28-2009 05:44 AM
Honda Insight Becomes Japanís Best-Selling Car SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 1 09-14-2009 06:36 AM
Honda Insight Concept to Debut at Paris Int. Auto Show SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 32 04-17-2009 10:45 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com