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Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Every 2011 Insight is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Similar to an automatic transmission, CVT is an advanced transmission that substitutes the gears found in more traditional transmissions and replaces them with a metal push-belt running between a pair of variable-width pulleys. Combined with the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system, the CVT constantly adjusts to provide the most efficient drive ratio possible depending on torque load[1]. Honda's CVT provides better fuel economy[2] and acceleration when compared to a conventional transmission.

[1] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.

[2] 40 city/43 hwy/41 combined mpg. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Eco Assist™
In addition to a hybrid engine, the Insight features another fuel-saving device. The Insight comes standard with a driver-focused fuel-efficiency[1] enhancement technology named Eco Assist™[2]. As part of this system, pushing the dash-mounted ECON button[2] modifies various vehicle systems to minimize the vehicle's overall energy use for increased fuel economy. A sophisticated feedback system uses both ambient color behind the speedometer to indicate efficiency[1] as you drive and an Eco Guide display that provides feedback on your braking and acceleration to help you drive more efficiently[1]. A cumulative Eco Score scoring system provides ongoing support.

[1] 40 city/43 hwy/41 combined mpg. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

[2] Eco Assist, Eco Assist Symbol and ECON button are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and may not be used or reproduced without prior written approval.
ECON™ Button
Pushing the dash-mounted ECON button[1] modifies various vehicle systems to help minimize the vehicle's overall energy use—and maximize fuel economy[2].

[1] ECON button is a trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and may not be used or reproduced without prior written approval.

[2] 40 city/43 hwy/41 combined mpg. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
1.3-liter i-VTEC® Engine
The Insight features a highly efficient[1] 1.3-liter, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine.

[1] 40 city/43 hwy/41 combined mpg. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Integrated Motor Assist IMA®
The IMA® electric motor works in conjunction with the gasoline engine, and supplies additional power and torque[1] in assist mode. The motor's ultra-thin design allows it to be mounted between the engine and the transmission. The motor also functions as the generator for the IMA® system during deceleration, and as a starter, quickly spinning the engine up to idle speed.

[1] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.
Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters
On EX models, the steering wheel includes paddle shifters, which allow the driver to shift the car manually.