Honda revived the Insight name in 2010 in the form of a stylish, roomy hatchback featuring a hybrid electric powertrain. With an affordable entry price and lots of great features, the Insight has been an instant winner.The Insight draws its power from a 1.3L 4-cylinder gasoline engine which produces 98 horsepower mated to a DC brushless electric motor that puts out 13 additional horsepower. The two units work as one system, which Honda calls Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). The electric motor is ultra-thin, and sits between the gasoline engine and the transmission. The motor assists the engine, but also does double duty as a starter--quickly spinning the engine up to idle speed after a stop. The batteries are of the nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) variety, which are stored beneath the rear cargo area. Putting power to the front wheels is a continuously variable transmission, which constantly adjusts to provide the most fuel-efficient drive ratio possible.The Insight comes in a base, LX and EX trim. All Insights provide ample interior head and leg room for both front and rear passengers, and with the rear seat folded down, cargo space is rated at 31.5 cubic feet.Standard equipment on the base trim includes HID headlamps, LED brake lights, rear wiper, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo, a tilt/telescoping steering column, power windows and locks, anti-lock brakes and Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist.The LX adds power mirrors, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control and cruise control. The EX adds Bluetooth, alloy wheels, heated mirrors and variable wipers. Navigation is optional on EX models-the system adds other goodies such as Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio, navigation and phone controls.The Insight goes beyond being merely a hybrid and by providing direct feedback, challenging drivers to be aware of the impact of their driving habits. Honda calls the system Ecological Drive Assist System. It's made up of two components-an ECON button that optimizes how the CVT and engine work together and a unique feedback system that uses ambient colored lighting on the instruments to display whether a driver is being aggressive (blue lighting) or environmentally responsible (green lighting). At the end of each drive, drivers are awarded with an Eco Score based on how efficiently they performed.All Insights are loaded with standard safety features including dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and a tire pressure monitor.
Honda has left the Insight unchanged for 2013. The price of the car is unaltered as well, starting at 18,500. This makes the Insight the least expensive hybrid available in the U.S.
- Fresh styling
- ample interior room for people and cargo
- low price of entry for hybrid technology
1.3L SOHC MPFI 8-valve i-VTEC I4 hybrid engine w/permanent-magnet electric motor, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) 101-volt batteryDrive-by-wire throttleDirect ignition systemContinuously variable automatic transmissionFront wheel driveMacPherson strut front suspensionTorsion-beam rear suspensionFront stabilizer barsElectric pwr rack & pinion steeringPwr ventilated front disc/rear drum brakesENTERTAINMENT160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (2) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, radio data systemRoof-mounted antenna
Reclining cloth front bucket seats -inc: active adjustable head restraints60/40 split fold-down rear seatback -inc: adjustable head restraintsTilt & telescoping steering column -inc: multi-information display (MID) controls2-tier instrument panel w/blue backlit gauges -inc: tachometer, digital odometer, (2) digital trip meters, ECON button, multi-information display (MID)Indicators -inc: idle-stop, IMA charge/assist, IMA power flow, passenger-side side airbag off, seat belt reminder, low oil/fuel, coolant temp, digital fuel-mileage, (2) average fuel economy, average speed, miles-to-empty, elapsed time, eco guide & score, trunk/door-open, headlights on/off, outside tempMaintenance Minder systemPwr windows -inc: driver auto-up/down, driver illuminated window switchPwr door locksRemote entryImmobilizer theft-deterrent systemAutomatic climate controlRear window defroster12V pwr outlet(8) cup holdersFront door pocket storage binsCargo area light15" steel wheels w/full coversP185/60R15 all-season tiresT135/80D15 compact spare tireBody-colored bumpersProjector-beam halogen headlights w/auto-off -inc: blue-tinted chrome bezelsLED brakelightsBody-colored folding pwr mirrors2-speed intermittent windshield wipersRear window wiperTinted glassBody-colored door handles
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction controlAdvanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structureSide-impact door beamsDual-stage, multiple-threshold driver & front passenger airbagsDual front side-impact airbags w/passenger-side occupant position detection systemFront & rear side curtain airbags3-point seat belts in all positions -inc: front automatic tensioning system, front adjustable seat belt anchorsChild-proof rear door locksOutboard lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)Tire pressure monitoring system
US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:
Overall Rating: Not Rated
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: Not Rated
Overall Side Crash Rating: Not Rated
US NHTSA ROLLOVER RESISTANCE RATING:
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 11.3%
Note Regarding Driver Rating:
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.
Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.