ECO ASSIST SYSTEM… Should You Press The ECON Button?
The Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist™) is a fuel efficiency information system designed to help you develop and maintain a fuel-efficient driving style. A few additional liters 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. If you are concerned about maximizing your Honda’s fuel efficiency, then the ECON button is your new best friend!
Hondas are known for their great fuel economy, but if you want to take it one step further, consider pressing the ECON button. With one press your vehicle switches into a super efficient mode that does everything it can to maximize fuel efficiency:
- a more gentle throttle is maintained
- in vehicles with automatic transmission, it shifts into higher gears more quickly than without the ECON mode
- in vehicles with manual transmission, the display screen will indicate when you should shift gears for better fuel economy
- it limits how long the air conditioner runs
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.
These small changes help to lighten the load on the engine, so the fuel consumed is mostly being used for driving power. In ECON mode, fuel isn’t used by shifting gears at the wrong time, overuse of the air conditioner, or sudden stops-and-starts. Your vehicle can completely focus on driving.