Thanks for the thorough background and introduction context! There are several forum members who "upgraded" to the Insight from an Acura, so you're in good company. Looking forward to you joining the forum dialogue.
Welcome to the forum and congrats on the Insight! You should expect better fuel economy with warmer weather and a change to summer fuel blend. Terrain, speed, and tire pressure has an impact on your fuel economy along with waiting for your car to break in(new tires, and engine, etc). The car's adaptive cruise control can't tell that hills are coming up ahead so it might be beneficial to take control of the throttle before approaching one.Hi everyone.
I got rid of my '13 Acura ILX in favor of the Honda Insight. I got the EX model in steel with black interior. I mainly switched due to my ILX being up there in miles due to my work commute, and it only averaged around 26 mpg. Once it hit 100,000 miles, the repairs kept piling up, really soured on the Acura brand. I feel Honda pays more attention to Honda. The Touring would have matched more of the features of my ILX, but TBH I never once opened my moonroof, I barely used the heated seats for more than 5-10 minutes, and I can't tell the difference between the sound systems.
My work commute is long - ~75 miles roundtrip with half stop and go and half highway highway. But the highway has horrid hills to go up, not much flat. So I knew going into this I wasn't going to be enjoying the advertised 52 mpg anyway. But certainly better than 26.
So far I am enjoying the Insight. The interior feels very nice and looks dare I say luxury. My ILX had leather seats, but I feel these cloth ones are just a nice. I put Husky floormats in. I love the exterior body. The new Civic feels too "young" looking for a guy in his mid-30s, so I welcomed this more traditional looking car. The grey color is fantastic and I love the headlights. Also I am so thankful to finally have Apple CarPlay. I haven't had the disconnection issues (yet?).
The only change I wish it had was better blind spot monitoring. It needs something on the driver side and I would prefer the alert icon on the right side as well. I keep looking above the LCD panel when I use a right turn, given my Acura's screen was higher LOL. It is an odd feeling of "wait, where is the tv screen with the car" as I stare forward trying to merge into a lane. Growing pains I guess! Adaptive Cruise Control however, bless it's heart. I am thankful though that you can adjust the car distance, at default it was slowing me down when the car in front of me was so far ahead.
As predicted, I am not getting that great of mpg. Right now I average around 36 mpg. It's cold (this morning was 12 degrees), I use the heat, and the highway with hills I'm going almost 80mph. But hey, 10 better than my Acura, I'm still golden. I'll be interested to see if I get in the 40s once it warms up outside.