Confused about the new econ button -- on or off?
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Thread: Confused about the new econ button -- on or off?

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    Confused about the new econ button -- on or off?

    I just purchased the new 2012 CRV - EX with the new ECON button. I am confused and the dealer seems to be confused about when it is ON or OFF and there are conflicting statements all over the internet to what the manual says. The manual and a lot of reviewers (who only read the manual on the ECON button) say that you push the button to turn it on. But when I turn the car on the ECON button is already lit on the dash panel which I believe means that it comes on automatically and you have the option to turn it off. But the reviews and manual say that you have to push the button to turn it on? You can't tell by performance whether it's on or off. Does anyone know for sure if it automatically comes ON when you start the car when you see the ECON icon lit on the panel -- or is it ON when you push the ECON button and the icon disappears from the display panel? The dealer doesn't know either -- they were confused.

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    If you press the button and then see the leaf icon on the console; it is on. It DOES in fact stay active until you hit the button again to turn it off. You DO notice a difference in the power. I drive with ECON button (leaf icon) active all the time and only turn it off when I go up really steep hills. It's hard to see any real HP difference if you switch back and forth but let me tell you; there is most certainly a difference and IMO; it sort of feels like a turbo boost. IF you want to squeeze as much MPG out of it that you can; drive with ECON mode active and after a week or so; turn it off for a few minutes and you will see a difference as well.

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    So you're saying if I turn ON, press the ECON button, it stays on until I turn it off -- but it stays ON even AFTER I've turned off the car? So that's why it's still ON when I get in the car and start it again? As I mentioned, the ECON is on everytime I start my car -- it's lit and remains lit unless I press the ECON button and the icon become dim.

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    Keep it Green!

    Yes. It's Always On unless you turn it off. The performance difference is tremendous for me. If I slam the gas peddle with it on, it changes gears much faster than normal and keeps me from wasting gas. It also regulates other areas of your car's system like the environmental control, etc. It is trying to help you get the most out of you MPG. Leave it on unless you want to drive your CRV more like a sports car.

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    I see no reason to mess with the Econ button. I have not seen a circumstance in the 6 weeks we have had our 2012 that called for anything different.
    25 Year Honda Owner
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    bryanm, it's just as Tutanuk stated....the Econ button is a "persistent" button. If it is on when you shut your car off, it will still be on when you start your car again. If it is off when you shut off your car, it will be off when you start your car again. And it is quite easy to tell for certain when it is on or off....if the green "leaf" icon next to the speedometer is lit, then the Econ system is on. So if that green icon is lit when you turn off your car, the Econ system is on, and will still be on the next time you start your car. If you make sure that icon is off when you turn off your car, I'm sure it will still be off the next time you start the car....if it's not, then I'd say you have a problem somewhere! And as others have stated, it is possible to "feel" the difference in the car when it is on compared to when it is off. On my 2013, there is definitely a slower throttle response when it is on, which keeps you from doing jack-rabbit starts as much.

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    On my 2013, there is definitely a slower throttle response when it is on, which keeps you from doing jack-rabbit starts as much. yup... Mine too. I have yet to see a hill in Oregon it won't climb with the econ on. I pulled a 7% grade at highway speed It was 1.75 miles...
    I don't like the stutter step when you almost stall in an intersection... I would rather have the Jack rabbit...

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    When you start your CRV, it comes back to the last setting you used, when you turned the car off. If it was on, when you turned the car off last, when you turn it back on, the Econ button, system, should be on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanm View Post
    Does anyone know for sure if it automatically comes ON when you start the car when you see the ECON icon lit on the panel -- or is it ON when you push the ECON button and the icon disappears from the display panel?
    ECON mode is ON when the green plant/leaf icon is ON on the display (see red circle icon in pic). It stays ON between car starts. ECON is OFF and stays off when icon is not lit. On my 2012 EX turning ECON OFF gives me an obviously noticeable amount of additional "punch" off the line from a dead start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jepalan View Post
    On my 2012 EX turning ECON OFF gives me an obviously noticeable amount of additional "punch" off the line from a dead start.

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    I press the D3 button and turn off ECON button when I'm in a stop-n-go situation (in a condensed city, or about to stop at the light).

    I keep ECON button off if I'm not on the highway.

    I turn both ECON and CRUISE CONTROL on when I'm on the highway.

    I turn off ECON when I need to pass someone on the highway.

    It may not be an automatic, but the D3 and ECON and CRUISE CONTROL features are there to be used. I recently went on a trip from Dallas to San Antonio and back. I averaged 30.5 over the 600 mile trip. This included the methods I mentioned above when appropriate.

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    *Garmin Nvi 3597LMTHD (ecoRoute HD)
    *Gentex Gentex 40A (Autodim/Homelink)
    *Escort Passport 9500ix (smartcord & Blendmount)


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