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Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability?

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Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability?

by Autoblog Staff (RSS feed) on Oct 29th 2010 at 2:00PM

Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There's the new, not-for-U.S. Jazz (Fit) Hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn't being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons from the Jazz are being applied to the Insight – most importantly that the "stop" time of the Insight's stop-start cycle can now be up to 90 seconds long in Eco Mode.

Because of "obscure patenting reasons" that made the system assume a worst-case humidity situation, the previous limit was just 30 seconds. This change can save a lot of gas in city driving. There are no new mile-per-gallon numbers to tout just yet, and the change isn't likely to affect America's EPA figures (the government agency's test cycle doesn't recognize the benefits of start-stop), but it's a nice, green upgrade nonetheless.

Honda has also apparently adjusted spring rates and made changes to the rear camber angles, the V-shaped rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts for a "better driving experience," explains Autocar. Wonder why Honda felt this was important?

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/29/honda-boosts-insight-fuel-economy-by-lengthening-start-stop-abil/

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The Insight already exceeds its EPA rating by 12%. It's too bad EPA ratings aren't more accurate.

Wonder why Honda felt this was important?

Better driving experience is bad?

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Certainly needs to be better. The Insight hasn't exactly been a sales success and it seems that the new Fit Hybrid is a better all around car than both the Insight and the CRZ.

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Certainly needs to be better. The Insight hasn't exactly been a sales success and it seems that the new Fit Hybrid is a better all around car than both the Insight and the CRZ.

The CR-Z is higher quality than both the Insight and Fit. More sound dampening, higher-quality interior, larger wheel/tire package (Insight: 175/65R15, Fit: 175/65R15 or 185/55R16, CR-Z: 195/55R16 or 205/45R17). It's a niche vehicle, but certainly has its place just as the original CRX did. Performance is right on par with the Fit, mileage a little better, less practical, but it's a coupe so that's expected (why do people buy coupes at all?). Dyno tests from Hondata and TOV show that it really puts down close to 140 hp at the hub and 120 hp at the wheels, despite being rated at 122 hp by Honda.

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