Honda Insight
Insight III 1.5 (152 HP) Hybrid e-CVT
23 130 - 29 040 usd
Lease price: $637 - $417
21 offers

Specifications of Honda Insight Insight III 1.5 (152 HP) Hybrid e-CVT

General characteristics of Honda Insight Insight III 1.5 (152 HP) Hybrid e-CVT

Being eco-friendly is becoming easier, cheaper, and more stylish by the year, and the Honda Insight is an excellent example of this. Based on the handsome Honda Civic, the compact sedan veers away from the quirky design philosophy that so many electrified vehicles seem magnetically drawn to. Two years after its full overhaul in 2019, the Insight is still very up-to-date, with even more standard features added for the new year. The powertrain remains unchanged, though, which isn't a bad thing. The gas engine, coupled with the electric motors, develops a combined 151.5 horsepower, and the nimble handling of the sedan gives it more personality than the gawky Toyota Prius. More orthodox styling, plenty of passenger and cargo space, and a decent list of driver-assistance features under the Honda Sensing umbrella make the Insight a top pick for those who want hybrid sedan without all the pretense.

Slotted between the Civic and the Accord, the Honda Insight bears a striking family resemblance, but it gets its own grille and rear light designs. And while it may be a hybrid, it doesn't look as awkward as some of the competition. Riding on 16-inch alloys as standard, with available 17-inchers, the four-door sedan comes outfitted with automatic LED head and taillights. Reserved for the top-tier Touring are LED fog lights and a power moonroof, along with exterior chrome accents.

While it may be a hybrid, the Honda Insight neither looks nor feels the part. With precise, responsive steering, there's little doubt that the Insight is closely related to the nimble Civic. That's not to say the sedan is sporty by any stretch of the imagination, but it can definitely feel that way compared to clunkier hybrids. Several drive modes, including Normal, Sport, Econ, and EV, allow for a variety of driving dynamics.

But, while Econ may deliver the best fuel economy, it may make you feel like you're pedaling a 1.5-ton bicycle. EV is equally as pointless, with the small battery only storing enough charge to power the sedan for a mile or so. So we'd suggest sticking to Normal for most day-to-day driving. But if you want a little bit of fun, the Insight is ready to deliver it in Sport mode. A bit more feedback and surprisingly sharp steering make the compact quite engaging around town.

The Honda also rides quite well for an affordable hybrid sedan. Sure, some larger bumps will cause it to bounce around a little, but, for the most part, it sticks to the road quite well and never feels particularly floaty. Naturally, the brakes come with a regenerative function, which can actually bring the sedan to a stop without even touching the pedal, if you set them high enough. Wind and road noise is well-managed, for the most part, but the whine of the engine when pushed to its limits can be quite annoying.

While not the largest sedan on the market, the Honda Insight is still pretty spacious. Similarly, the interior isn't all that lavish, but it's well-built and comfortable. There are some hard plastics, but they are kept out of immediate view, and the upper trims do an even better job of covering them up with more high-quality materials. The infotainment suite is a bit basic on the EX, but it quickly picks up as you upgrade through the trim levels. Across the range, the controls are laid out for ease of use, and include features such as cruise control, automatic climate control, and LED ambient lighting. You may have to pay a bit extra, but the leather-appointed power front seats on the Touring make the Insight feel more premium than the price tag.

While there isn't much choice when it comes to color, the interior of the Insight is still well-appointed. The entry-level LX is the most limited trim, with only black cloth on offer. The EX is a little more varied. It sticks with cloth upholstery, but adds Ivory to the palette, assuming you choose a corresponding exterior color. The interior becomes quite a bit plusher when you upgrade to the Touring, thanks to the genuine leather-appointed seats. Just like the lower trims, though, the color choices remain either Black or Ivory. In typical Honda fashion, the interior is durable and well-constructed - definitely built to last.

While the LX may be the base model, it actually gets a decent list of standard features. Alongside the rearview camera, it gets the Honda Sensing suite, comprising pre-collision avoidance, traffic sign detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. At this level, the automatic climate control is single-zone only, while other comforts and conveniences include push-button start, a 12-volt power outlet, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The EX adds remote engine start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and split-folding rear seats. Leather replaces the standard cloth on the Touring, and both front seats get heating and power-adjustability. Dual-zone climate control becomes the standard, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and auto-dimming rearview mirror are added. Regardless of the trim level, every Insight gets a seven-inch digital instrument cluster.

The Insight earns a relatively average dependability score of 77 out of 100 from J.D. Power, which corresponds with its hit-and-miss track record. There were two recalls in its debut year of 2019, for faulty airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, as well as errors with the rearview camera. These problems were cleared up, but 2020 saw a single recall for a faulty fuel pump. At this early stage of the 2021 model year's availability, there have been no recalls. Honda covers the Insight with a standard 36,000-mile/36-month limited warranty. The powertrain gets a slightly longer warranty of 60,000 miles/60 months. In terms of hybrid components, the battery is covered for 100,000 miles/96 months.



Price Range (MSRP): $23,130 - $29,040.    





With an overall length of 183.6 inches, the Insight is large enough to comfortably seat all its occupants, even though it gets the same 106.3-inch wheelbase as the Civic, which has smaller dimensions. It's no taller than any other sedan, standing 55.6 inches tall, but its width of just 71.6 inches means that it can fit into relatively small spots without too much fuss. The EX weighs in at 2,987 lbs, while the Touring maxes out at 3,078 lbs.

A total of six paint colors make up the palette for the Insight. From this selection, the base-level LX only gets access to Modern Steel or Platinum White, which costs $395 extra. Crystal Black and Lunar Silver expand the standard options on the EX and Touring, while Radiant Red and Cosmic Blue are extra $395 options. Aegean Blue and Crimson have been dropped from the palette for the new year.

The gasoline engine at the heart of the Insight certainly doesn't impress on its own, with only 107 hp and 99 lb-ft, but the twin electric motors improve the overall output figures to 151 hp and 197 lb-ft. This is more than enough to give the sedan a swift kick in the pants. It won't be beating any land-speed records, but the Insight can make the 0-60 mph sprint in around eight seconds, according to independent tests. This gives the Honda a slight edge over its key rival, the Toyota Prius, which isn't quite as spirited on the road. However, the Insight is restricted to front-wheel-drive, so it isn't as capable on slippery roads as the competition.

Under the hood of the Honda Insight is an Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops a modest 107 hp and 99 lb-ft. The majority of the power comes from the pair of electric motors, which develop their own 129 hp and 197 lb-ft. Working in unison, these two generators give the sedan a combined 151 hp to work with. Most of the heavy lifting is done by the stronger motors, with the gasoline engine providing an electric charge.

The power is regulated by a CVT transmission, which directs all force towards the front wheels only. While the Insight won't wow with its acceleration, it still impresses when compared to similar hybrids. Passing on the highway doesn't require much fuss, either, but the gas engine can get a bit noisy. Still, a lively hybrid is nothing to sniff at, and this is just one of the reasons that the Honda Insight stands out from the crowd.

The Honda Insight is a close competitor to the ever-popular Toyota Prius in terms of fuel economy, especially in its non-Touring guise. The base LX and mid-tier EX both boast outstanding gas mileage, achieving 55/49/52 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles in EPA testing. The Prius only gets one mpg extra in the combined cycle. Slightly less impressive, at least in terms of gas consumption, the Touring still gets a decent 51/45/48 mpg. Each model comes equipped with a 10.6-gallon fuel tank which is more than happy to take regular unleaded-type gas. In its most efficient guise, the sedan is able to cover up to 551 miles between gas station visits.

Within the surprisingly spacious cabin of the sedan, there is room for five passengers. Although, while there is never any real lack of legroom, the rear seats aren't quite as generous in the headroom department. Regardless of trim level, the sedan has comfortable seating, but you'll need to spring for the top-tier Touring to get power-adjustable front seats. On the plus side, this also sees the front seats heated, and every seat wrapped in leather. Thanks to the wide-opening doors, getting in or out is easy enough. However, visibility is more of a mixed bag. You can see just fine over the dash, but rearward visibility is hindered by the broad rear pillars. The EX and Touring make up for this with the newly-available blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

As we've come to expect from Honda, the Insight offers a pretty impressive amount of cargo space for a relatively small sedan. Naturally, the battery under the rear seats means that it can't match the trunk size on a similar, regular sedan. However, 15.1 cubic feet is nothing to sneeze at, although the Touring sacrifices a little space, offering 14.7 cubic feet. Regardless, the Insight has everything you need for daily usage. A week's worth of groceries will easily fit in the trunk. Alternatively, you could stow several suitcases, assuming they aren't overly large. If you need a bit more space, the rear seats can be folded down, but the base LX doesn't offer the 60/40-split rear seat that its more expensive kin do.

There's a fair amount of small-item storage around the cabin, too. The center console comes standard with a well-sized storage cubby, as well as built-in cupholders. There's also a standard glove compartment, and all four doors supply ample food pockets. The top-of-the-range Touring further adds a seatback pocket on the passenger's side.

The infotainment suite is pretty basic on the LX, with only a five-inch LCD display, Bluetooth functionality, and a six-speaker sound system. However, this simplicity makes it even easier to use than the upgraded system on the upper trim levels. Along with a larger eight-inch touchscreen interface, the EX also gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and HD Radio, while an extra two speakers are added to the sound system. The standard USB port is upgraded to a 2.5-amp port, too. To get navigation and Wi-Fi access, you'll need to upgrade all the way to the Touring. This also sees the installation of a ten-speaker premium sound system. While the upper trims get full functionality, the system itself isn't the most intuitive. Nevertheless, it is functional.


Honda Insight
Insight III 1.5 (152 HP) Hybrid e-CVT
23 130 - 29 040 USD
21 offers
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