Hybrid Driving Tips

New Hampshire Honda Insight owners shares his experience after driving 85,000 gas-electric miles.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

Driving and maintaining a hybrid to achieve maximum fuel efficiency takes some doing as many hybrid owners have learned the hard way. ConsumerAffairs.Com reader Chris, of East Kingston, New Hampshire, has gained over 85,000 miles of experience driving his Honda Insight through New England and offers some ideas and advice for hybrid owners vexed by mileage claims yet to materialize.

I purchased the Honda Insight to replace a sports car that was getting 25 miles per gallon. The Insight EPA rating was 59 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway. After 85,000 miles my average with the Insight, according to the odometer, is 60 mpg which is slightly better than EPA estimates.

By switching vehicles I have saved $4,000 at $2 per gallon but it is also important to note that I drive 70 miles a day and don't do anything out of the ordinary to get good mileage other than a few pointers I will mention below.

People not getting the mileage they expect may find it worthwhile to seek out someone with a similar hybrid who is able to achieve high mileage for pointers or perhaps give their vehicle a test drive to verify whether the low mileage really is a vehicle problem or a driver problem.


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