The Honda Insight, a midsize hybrid plug-in car, is designed for people who are looking for a car that has exceptional fuel economy. Although Honda has used Insight in the past, this third generation of Insight was launched with the 2019 model years.
The Honda Insight isn’t very exciting. The Insight is not difficult to drive but it’s very easy to handle on the roads. It handles well and is comfortable. But, its greatest strength is its fuel efficiency. The Insight’s impressive fuel economy will impress shoppers. It’s also comfortable, which is a plus as some other alternatives can feel less luxurious.
Pricing and Trims
The Insight is available in three trims: LX, EX and Touring. The LX comes with LED taillights and automatic headlights. There are also heated power-adjustable side lights, smart entry, auto climate control, auto-up-down front windows, power locks. Cruise control, LED ambient lighting, cruise control, cruise control, cruise control, power locks, cruise controller, back air vents, push button ignition, 160-watt 6-speaker system, Bluetooth, Pandora compatibility. Traffic sign recognition system, adaptive cruise control.
Upgrade to the Insight EX and you get the Honda LaneWatch suite safety features, smart entry, smart split for the rear seat, a 60/40 split, 8 speakers for a 180-watt soundsystem, an 8-inch infotainment display, HondaLink system for Apple CarPlay, AndroidAuto, and a test message assistant. There are also 2 USB ports for smartphone integration.
The Touring trim also includes LED turn indicators on the side mirrors, rain sensors, LED fog lights, and a HomeLink remote. It also features a leather-wrapped steering column, an auto-dimming rearview, heated front seats, leather upholstery and 450-watt premium sound system.
An Insight comes with an invoice from the factory of approximately $22,500 for an LX-model and a MSRP of around $23,700. The vehicle’s MSRP is increased by approximately $1,200 with the EX trim level and an additional $4,000. With the Touring, it increases it by around $4,000.
Performance and Engine
The Honda Insight comes in three trims with the same plugin hybrid powertrain. It features a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor. The total system output is 129 horsepower with 197 lb.ft. of torque. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Front-wheel drive and an electronically-controlled CVT are also standard.
The Insight and LX and EX have an EPA estimated fuel economy of 55/49/52 mpg city/highway/combined. The Touring trim, fully loaded and riding on slightly larger tires, achieves an estimated 51/45/48 MPG.
Honda offers two interior options: a black-and-mocha combination or an all-black scheme. It is similar to other Hondas with its smart design and simple set of buttons and knobs. Although the infotainment system is quite intuitive, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate through the menus.
For a model that is not luxury, the cabin’s materials are of excellent quality. The Insight feels solid and has a high level of craftsmanship. Although the seats are soft and supportive, they don’t have as much contouring as the larger Honda Accord. The rear and front space are on the higher side, making it a great vehicle for taller adults. Cargo space is average.