A couple things:
I don't drive "slower than dirt" on busy streets. I drive the speed limit. And of course if Consumer misReports is driving their test HIH like a "car", I guess that means I must be driving mine like a, oh I don't know, how about a cucumber! Or maybe I'm driving it like a fishbowl!
Second, as for learning "some techniques to optimize mileage on IMA cars", I guess slowing down and driving the speed limit is now a "technique to optimize mileage on IMA cars".
And when I say I use cruise control most of the time, one might be tempted to think that the car is driving itself, except for the steering, "most of the time".
But I admit, I'm busted. You see I did learn a "special IMA Hybrid technique" for engaging the cruise control. Method follows:
1) Always engage CC with left hand, after all, all hybrid drivers are lefty environmental whackos. Failure to do so will result in Consumer Reports avg mileage of 38 MPG.
2) When engaging CC Big Yellow Taxi
MUST be playing on the radio/CD/USB. If you can engage during the line that says "I don't care about spots on my apples", that is good for an extra .5MPG. Failure to play Big Yellow Taxi
while engaging the cruise control will result in Consumer Reports avg mileage of 38 MPG.
3) This is the most important piece, and also the trickiest. When engaging the cruise control, you MUST have your copy of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
open to the page that is equal to the speed you want to go. That is, if you want to set CC at 55MPH, have the book open to page 55. If you want to engage at 40MPH, have the book open to page 40, etc, etc. Failure to do so will result in Consumer Reports avg mileage of 38 MPG.
If you just follow thes steps you too can achieve more than the 38MPG Consumer misReports says the Insight is capable of.
Bonus pics, latest mileage. (Hint: It's more than 38MPG):
(Trip B hasn't been reset, actual mileage is 12441)