When to Use the Honda Econ Button

April 30th, 2018 by

2019 Honda Odyssey Features

Drivers in West Michigan know that Honda’s lineup of fuel-efficient and Hybrid models grows every year, and almost every vehicle in Honda’s lineup offers an Econ mode. The new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid—as seen here in Car and Driver—is just one compelling option among many! Understanding when to use your Honda’s Econ button isn’t as difficult as it might at first seem. It’s best employed when you’re driving casually, in environments that won’t demand too much from your vehicle’s drivetrain.

Making the Most of Econ Mode

Pressing this button alters the behavior of several components in your vehicle, modifying its performance in order to maximize your fuel efficiency.

  • Transmission and Cruise Control: With Econ Mode engaged, your transmission will alter its shift points to conserve fuel. You may notice a difference in performance when you’re travelling in hilly environments, as a vehicle in Econ Mode will try to avoid shifting up and down, even when cruise control is activated.

  • Air Conditioning: Drivers everywhere depend on their air conditioning systems to provide a more pleasurable driving experience, but they may not realize that these systems can consume a considerable amount of fuel. Econ mode repeatedly starts and stops your AC in order to limit this consumption.

  • Throttle Response: Your vehicle’s ability to accelerate is dependent on its throttle response. Econ mode leaves your low-end and high-end throttle responses unaffected, but it reduces the amount of fuel you’ll consume in the middle range. You’ll see significant increases to your vehicle’s gas mileage along with a difference in performance on the highway.

2019 Honda Odyssey Driving
2018 Honda CR-V Driving

Test Drive Your Favorite Honda

When you take advantage of your Econ button, you’ll save money wherever you go! Honda’s lineup of fuel-efficient cars has something for everyone, so take a closer look at our leasing specials. There’s never been a better time to pay a visit to your local West Michigan Honda dealer for a test drive!