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Leaving early tomorrow morning with my wife on a 5,000+ mile trip in our 2019 EX. The EX currently has 29,750 miles on it, and this will bring it to 35,000 miles or maybe more. Note by my Fuelly stats below that our mpg is pretty low. That's because this will be our 4th cross country trip and often we are traveling at 82-83 mph through states with posted speed limits of 80 mph. This trip will take us from Spokane, WA on I-90 through Idaho and Montana and then I-25 through Wyoming (all 80 mph posted speed limits) and then through Kansas (I-70) and stopping for 3 weeks in central Missouri near Boonville. Then we'll head down to College Station, TX for about 7 days and then back to Missouri for 4-5 days before heading back to Spokane. It will be about a 5-week trip. It just so happens that the weather right now is very good. Some places in Montana are in the high 50s. There won't be any snow or ice (except for a few miles on the top of Lookout Pass (border of Idaho and Montana). Otherwise, we'll have smooth sailing.

I'm realizing after having owned the car now for about 18 months (purchased June 30, 2018) that my favorite features are not so much the gas mileage, but the comfort, the safety, the reliability, the style, and the tech. I'm a big user of Apple Car Play and use Google and Apple Maps and Apple Music a lot when driving.) I love the ACC when driving the Interstate. It helps slow me down when a car in front of my is too close.

I think that when I first got the car, the gas mileage factor was important. It's not so much anymore. I actually got better mpg at times on these long road trips with my 2015 Honda Fit. On one trip from Spokane to New York City in 2017, I got 44 mpg in that little car. There's no way the Insight could do that with the speeds we are driving.

However, I'm not disappointed with the Insight. I'm glad I purchased it. I really believe that my actual cost of ownership over a 5-7 year period will be pretty low due to few repairs and the reliability of Honda. I also think that the crash mitigation technology will actually at some point be the main reason I avoid a crash. I read a recent Consumer Reports article saying that 19% of the 400,000 respondents to their bi-annual survey claimed that the safety software in new cars helped them avoid a crash. This is important to us.
 

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I bought the car for the exterior/interior design, tech features, IIHS top safety+ rating, and EV mode. Yes, I know EV mode doesn't allow me to travel far with it but at least I get to experience a little bit of what it feels to drive an EV until I get one. The good fuel economy was always just a bonus for me and didn't impact my buying decision. I wanted a car that I would enjoy first even if the fuel economy didn't reflect EPA estimates.

So I drove my aunt's 14 CRV w/AWD (which used to be mine), and I averaged 22mpg during the whole day, today. I used to get similar numbers in the winter with my 17 Fusion Sport. Puts me back into reality that the current 45mpg I'm getting in the Insight is decent for winter. Also missed the smooth acceleration, brake hold, regen paddles, and less noise of the Insight while driving the CRV.

Wishing you a safe trip and a Merry Christmas @ronnie !
 

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Once you figure out the lkas hack with some weight on the steering wheel you'll never go back... Good luck on your trip!
 

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We are about half-way through our winter trip which will turn out to be more like 7,000 miles rather than the 5,000+ I reported at first. Hit a raccoon two days ago as I was entering the on-ramp of I70 in Columbia, MO. Some damage to the front end, but minimal. I had a body shop professional look at it yesterday and it's okay for the rest of our trip. We'll get it fixed when we return to Spokane, WA around January 22. The attached photos below show the damage. I thought maybe the radar was affected, but it ACC is working fine.

Leaving tomorrow from where we are now (outside of Pilot Grove, MO) to College Station, TX (725 miles) for several days and then back to Missouri for a few days before returning to Spokane. Roads have been exceptionally clear so speeds have been high. For much of Montana and Wyoming, we cruised at 83-84 mph thus our mpg was only about 35. Then in Colorado and Kansas for long stretches we kept it at about 78-79 mph.
 

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Maybe the raccoon's insurance will cover that damage? Did the raccoon survive?
 

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Hit a raccoon two days ago...
Sorry to hear about the damage! If you hear the wind whistling, you may want to try duct-taping the cracks in the front bumper.

Never let anyone tell you an Insight is slow - it's faster than a raccoon!

Safe travels.
 

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As the critter magnet of the forum...
Last count was a dove in the middle of the road about a month ago for the latest update ...

You couldn't tell the coon to stay away from the white part of the bumper face? Maybe next next time swerve a bit to center him... the coon I hit was smacked in the middle... only the black part needed to be replaced.. that part is a hundred bucks... The white facia part is a bit more expensive..

good luck
 
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