HVAC Controls - 2010 Honda Insight Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Honda Insight Long Term Road Test

2010 Honda Insight: HVAC Controls

July 23, 2009

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For me, it doesn't get much better than the traditional 3-knob HVAC control setup. It's intuitive, easy to use and it works -- never could see the point in trying to reinvent the wheel. However, I really like the layout that Honda's used for the Insight. It's well-located (very close to the driver) and the placement of the buttons, knobs and display is pretty user-friendly.

So it's easy to use, but how effective is the HVAC system at banishing the hot-and-stickies from the cabin?

In regular mode, it works quite well. But as Donna mentioned, the owner's manual states that when the Insight is in "Econ" mode, there are "greater temperature fluctuations." Hmm. In practice, this seems to mean that the system takes a longer time to reach full blast.

Today the temperature was in the 80s. In "Econ" mode, the air blowing out of the vents was cool but not cold for a good 10 or so minutes before settling into a comfortable frigidity. For shorter trips on hot days, I'll be skipping the "Econ" mode from now on.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor


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