A few additional litres per 100 km can mean more money in your pocket, especially over an extended period of time. While Honda vehicles do a great job of providing class-leading efficiency in a number of categories, practicing efficient driving habits can make a world of difference. The idea of driving economically and saving money is nothing new, but it’s not always easy to do when you’re in a rush. As a Honda Fit, Accord or Civic owner, you have few tools in your vehicle to ensure you drive efficiently, even when it’s difficult.
The first of those tools is the Honda Econ button, which many new Honda owners see in their vehicles. But what does the Honda Econ button do? When you activate Econ mode, your vehicle will automatically adjust a number of fuel-consuming systems to ensure you are yielding the best fuel efficiency returns possible. When driving in Econ mode, you’ll likely notice a little less zip from your Honda when you accelerate, but it’s pretty easy to get used to and will pay dividends when you’re cruising by gas pumps.
Honda Eco Assist works in coalition with the Econ button, but rather than optimizing your drive, it coaches you to a more efficient driving experience. The Eco Assist system displays coloured lights on either side of the speedometer to show how efficiently you’re driving. As you might expect, green lights mean you’re doing a great job while blue lights indicate you might not be getting the best fuel economy returns possible.
Although driving efficiently isn’t always in the cards, the Honda Econ button and Eco Assist interface are useful resources that can help you save at the pump and lower your vehicle’s cost of ownership.
To get a better idea how Honda Econ button impacts the driving experience, schedule a test drive in the 2015 Honda Accord or Honda Civic at Wheaton Honda.