Conflict of Interest Climate Control - 2010 Honda Insight EX Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Honda Insight EX: Conflict of Interest Climate Control

December 17, 2009

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For some strange reason (and no, I did not have the windshield defroster on) the Insight's climate control has the A/C default to "On" when you switch on the climate control. I always shut off the radio and the climate control when I park a car. (Take note of this, staffers who leave the radio and/or the climate control blasting when you park the car).

Anyway, I noticed that every time I started the car up and switched on the climate control (either by pressing the fan or mode button), I'd hear the a/c compressor kick on and would then have to press the "A/C" button to shut off the a/c. Yes, this even happened in "Eco" mode.

Rather ironic that a car designed for max fuel efficiency would have its air conditioning system default to on.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10, 400 miles


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