With its starting MSRP of $22,930 (LX Trim), a 55/49/52 Highway/City/Combined MPG rating (LX and EX trims), 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.
Using the same basic body shell as Honda’s popular Civic sedan, the Honda Insight was revived during the 2019 model year to accommodate the hybrid powertrain and give the car its own unique identity. The roof and rear quarter panels are the only carryovers from the original car. No mechanical changes have been made for the 2020 model year.
The 2020 Insight Hybrid comes in three trims: LX ($22,930 MSRP), EX ($24,310 MSRP) and Touring ($28,340 MSRP).
Insight Hybrid uses a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that works with Honda’s hybrid system. The car lacks a conventional transmission. Its gas engine acts as a generator most of the time, with an electric motor driving the front wheels. In certain driving situations, the gas engine connects directly to the wheels and, like most modern hybrids, the Insight is capable of limited all-electric running. The 2020 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.
Compared to the 2019 Toyota Prius LE, the 2020 Insight LX Hybrid offers better quality and value in a number of categories. Insight Hybrid’s Base MSRP is around $2,000 less; its City Fuel Economy ranks 1 mile higher; its Horsepower, Electric Horsepower and Passenger Volume are higher. It also comes standard
Insight Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid system includes: an 8-Year High-Voltage Battery Limited Warranty, E-CVT with Sport Mode, Deceleration Selectors, an Eco Assist System, Hill Start Assist and an Immobilizer System.
The LX trim includes the following standard features:
• Honda Sensing Suite of Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
• 3-Mode Drive System (ECON/Sport/EV)
• Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
• Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio
• 16-Inch Alloy Wheels
• Auto High-Beam Headlights
• LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Taillights and Brake Lights
• Push Button Start
• Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
• Fold-Down Rear Seatback
• 160-Watt Audio System with 6 Speakers
• 1.0-Amp USB Audio Interface (one port in front console)
• 7-Inch Driver Information Interface (DII)
If you want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Remote Engine Start, and Smart Entry with Walk Away, upgrading from the base LX trim level to the midrange EX is necessary. The top Touring trim level adds leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a One-Touch Power Moonroof, Wi-Fi Hotspot Capability, Driver's Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 450W Premium audio system with 10 speakers, 17-Inch Alloy Wheels, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic, Side Mirrors with LED Turn Indicators, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, LED Fog Lights, HomeLink Remote System, an Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror, and HondaLink Subscription Services.
Insight Hybrid’s infotainment system is straightforward and direct. It offers easy-to-follow menus and a few customizable features. It’s not flashy, but reviewers say the system works as well, if not better that what’s offered by competitors. A bar on the touchscreen indicates frequently used tabs: phone, source, time, and what’s playing. Side hard buttons provide quick keys to the home screen, brightness, track selection, volume control, and a back button. When connected, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto run perfectly.
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. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made Insight Hybrid its 2019 Top Safety Pick+. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the car a 5-Star Safety Rating (the best). Like Honda’s Civic, which has created stellar safety standards for the rest of the auto industry to follow, the Insight Hybrid aced the federal crash-test regimen with top scores in all subtests. Very few cars get high ratings like this from both the IIHS and NHTSA.
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