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2012 Honda Insight

EX w/Nav Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.6 sec 17.9 sec @ 77.8 mph41/44/---- mpgMotor Trend

2010 Honda Insight

EX Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.3 sec17.9 sec @ 78 mph40/43/38 mpgCar and Driver
EX Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.6 sec18.0 sec @ 79 mph40/43/46 mpgCar and Driver
EX Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.4 sec17.8 sec @ 79.4 mph40/43/46 mpgMotor Trend
EX w/Nav Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.9 sec18.2 sec @ 77 mph40/43/39 mpgCar and Driver
EX w/Nav Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.4 sec17.8 sec @ 78.1 mph40/43/38.2 mpgMotor Trend
EX w/Nav Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT11.2 sec18.3 sec @ 75 mph40/43/---- mpgMotor Trend
EX w/Nav Hatchback1.3L I-4 + Elec 13-kWFWDCVT10.8 sec--- -- sec @ --- -- mph40/43/44.7 mpgMotor Week

2002 Honda Insight

Hatchback1.0L I-3 + ElecFWDCVT11.1 sec18.3 sec @ 77 mph45/49/55 mpgCar and Driver

2000 Honda Insight

Hatchback1.0L I-3 + ElecFWD5M10.6 sec18.0 sec @ 76 mph49/61/47 mpgCar and Driver
Hatchback1.0L I-3 + ElecFWD5M11.2 sec18.3 sec @ 74 mph49/61/48 mpgCar and Driver
Hatchback1.0L I-3 + ElecFWD5M10.5 sec17.9 sec @ 76.8 mph49/61/55 mpgMotor Trend

About Honda Insight

Are you looking for an affordable hybrid car? Then you should consider the Honda Insight. Although very affordable, the Honda Insight has never really been a best seller. Since its launch in 2009, the Insight’s sales have been very disappointing to say the least.

It does not help that it is ranged against the Toyota Prius C, which is a more fuel-efficient subcompact hybrid hatchback. But are there any redeeming qualities of this hybrid car?

Design and Interior

Honda Insight 0-60The Insight is a four-door compact car. It looks like the Toyota Prius with its high tail hatchback shape. There’s a reason why both hybrid cars have this design, as this is perhaps the most efficient in terms of aerodynamics. Another similarity of the Insight with the Prius is the luggage capacity (408 liter).

Its front end is very similar to the latest generation Civic, however. The windshield is positioned at a steep angle while the main glass is long and almost horizontally positioned, improving the visibility of the driver.

Inside the car are spacious front seats, although taller drivers may be disappointed to discover that the lower cushion of the front seat is a bit short. The Insight is essentially a two-seater for adults, although there is some space for three small kids at the back.

The seats are supportive and comfortable, but the steering wheel may be a bit small for any driver. There is a two-tier dashboard that Honda owners will remember as being a very familiar characteristic of the Civic. At the center of the dashboard are audio and navigation controls, while the climate controls are positioned in the right of the steering wheel.

Honda hopes that the redesigned interior of the Insight would pique the interest of car buyers. Many online reviews agree that the Insight has now become a more practical alternative to other hybrid cars. Although it still lags behind the Prius in terms of cargo space, the Insight now can extend to 1,017 liter of space when the rear seats are folded.

Performance

There is just one powertrain offered by Honda in this car, known as Integrated Motor Assist. It pairs a 10 kilowatt electric motor with a 1.3 liter, four-cylinder engine.

Unlike other hybrid vehicles, the Insight does not rely on electric power to move from standstill. The 2014 Insight has a small electric motor which helps the gasoline engine in starting, aside from adding torque. When the car has moved, it would only be the time when it would use electricity.

When it uses electricity, the car can move up to speeds of 30 miles per hour. Electric and petrol propulsion can produce 97 brake horsepower, good enough to propel the car from rest to 60 miles per hour in 11.7 seconds.

The Honda Insight has enough torque to please drivers who want to accelerate quickly from stoplights. It also has enough power to pass other vehicles at low speed. However, the engine noise remarkably becomes irritating when full power is needed.

On the road, the Insight handles winding roads well. More impressively, the car can cruise the highways remarkably well which is uncharacteristic of hybrid cars. Just don’t expect to overtake every car in front of you in a hurry. The brakes also work fine.

Honda claims that the Insight can zoom from standstill to 62 miles per hour in 12.5.seconds. It can also zoom at a top speed of 113 miles per hour. In case you are the type of driver who is conscious of the fuel economy you can switch on the Economy button of the car to limit engine responsiveness.

Speaking of fuel economy, the Insight has a rating of 42 mpg. That’s nice, but the problem is that the Prius is a lot better at 50 mpg.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the Insight doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses. In fact the Euro NCAP gave it a five star rating in crash ratings test. It was given a 90 percent rating for duly occupant protection and its safety assist features had an 86 percent score.

Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has the Honda Insight as a top safety pick after getting ‘good’ ratings in categories like frontal, side and rear impacts, and roof strength. Curiously, the previous Insight models fared below par on roof strength.

The Honda Insight has airbags for driver, passenger, side and curtains. It also helps that the hybrid system of the Fit was developed in the Civic Hybrid.

Conclusion

The Honda Insight is quite affordable, with the base price starting at around $19,000 inclusive of delivery. At that price, it is just $500 cheaper than the Prius C, which is more fuel efficient. It is also several thousand dollars cheaper than the Honda Fit, which is more flexible and spacious albeit not a hybrid.

It remains to be seen whether the 2014 Insight will get the sales that Honda had long wanted. The price is affordable, yes, but the fact that it gets trampled by Prius C in fuel efficiency, among other concerns, puts the Insight at a disadvantage.

For more information about Honda Insight, visit the official Honda website.

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