2010 Honda Insight EX: Information Aplenty
October 08, 2009
There's a lot of information that can be gleaned from our Insight's gauges in a quick glance. Of all the screens available in the multi-information display, I tend to use the eco guide (pictured above) the most. I had some questions on the readout, and after consulting the manual, the answers were clarified and I even got an interesting surprise.
The leafy stems show how eco-friendly you're driving (it will further reward drivers with blossoms atop the stems, but I have yet to see one). The moving bar underneath indicates how efficiently you're accelerating or decelerating. The gray boxes on the high and low end are the areas you want to avoid. Stomp the accelerator and the bar shoots to the left, well into the gray box, and you begin losing leafs. No big surprise, but hard braking is also inefficient, since the momentum is scrubbed off by the brake pads rather the regenerative braking. Smooth and steady is the most efficient, but that also sets you up for getting cut-off by other drivers. In L.A. traffic, an open space in front of your car is basically saying, "go ahead, I'm in no rush and don't bother using your signal either."
The manual also shows a feature that I would never have noticed, Lifetime Points. When the key is turned to the "off" position, the screen briefly displays the Insight's cumulative eco score. It takes months to accumulate or change a score, and after charging down to the parking structure to see what we've got, it looks like we've got further to go. No score as of yet.
The manual also shows that there are different stage icons to be attained. Driving inefficiently will show an upside-down leafy icon - as if it's wilting. Sad. The highest stage gets you a trophy icon - Cool! Stay tuned to see if/when our score changes.