Honda was the first automaker to sell a gas-electric hybrid vehicle in the USA. Then came the Toyota Prius, and the Hybrid Alternative Energy Car battle was joined. Nowadays, Insight has become sort of a restyled Honda Civic sedan with a more stylish appearance. Though the Prius has better range and MPG, there are many who feel it’s an odd-looking car. Drivers comparing both cars can wind up choosing the Insight because of its more “normal” appearance. However the base Prius MSRP is around $1,000 less than the base Insight MSRP.
With its starting MSRP of $25,210, an EPA 55/49/52 City/Highway/Combined MPG rating, a total range of 583 miles, standard Honda Sensing Safety features, an aggressive design and a spacious cabin, the 2020 Honda Insight Hybrid is a steal for efficiency-focused shoppers.
It’s a small(er) hybrid commuter car with superlative safety scores, major fuel efficiency, and decent interior space for 4 adults (or 5 in a pinch!) and their gear. The hybrid boasts 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, and its batteries don’t take up any cabin space.
Says caranddriver.com reviewer Joey Capparella: “The Honda Insight is a hybrid with great fuel economy that looks and drives mostly like a conventional compact sedan. It shares many components with the popular Honda Civic sedan, and delivers a similarly pleasant driving experience and roomy, practical interior. The crucial difference is the Insight’s combination of a gasoline engine and electric motors, which supply power in a non-traditional way in the name of efficiency. The Insight’s minimal price premium over the Civic and superb fuel economy make it a smart buy.”
Using the same basic body shell as Honda’s popular Civic sedan, the Honda Insight was revived during the 2019 model year to accommodate a newly-envisioned hybrid powertrain, which gives the car its own unique identity. No mechanical changes have been made for the 2022 model year.
The 2022 Insight Hybrid comes in two trims: EX (MSRP: $25,210), and Touring (MSRP: $29,240).
Insight Hybrid uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an AC Synchronous Permanent Magnetic Electric Motor, which is attached to the front wheels. Like most modern hybrids, the Insight is capable of limited all-electric running. The 2022 Honda Insight Hybrid is rated at 151 HP and 197 pound-feet of torque, which creates more power than its rival, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.
Standard Insight features include: Honda Sensing Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3-Mode Drive System (ECON/Sport/EV), Remote Engine Start, LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off.
Honda Sensing Technologies include: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
• Active Safety Features are extensive, and are considered some of the best in the industry. They include:
• Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
• Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
• Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Brake Assist
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
• LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
• Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS)
• Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
• Advanced Front Airbags (i-SRS)
• SmartVent Front Side Airbags
• Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
• 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
• Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
• Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)
• Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder
• Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
Honda and its Insight Hybrid have been extensively awarded. In 2019, Kelley Blue Book voted Honda the Best Overall Brand for the second consecutive year, with the highest average score across all ratings of non-luxury brands, and a sterling reputation for quality. The Honda Insight Hybrid was voted the Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green Car of the Year for raising the bar in environmental performance while remaining within reach of most consumers. It’s the fourth time Honda has received this prestigious award, meaning they’re doing something right.
Its safety qualifications are the highest possible. Kelley Blue Book reviewer Christian Wardlaw says: “Safety is an Insight hallmark. The car earns 5-star ratings in every test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It also comes with standard Honda Sensing driver assistance and collision avoidance technologies.”
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