2010 Honda InsightHybrid Review Car Reviews

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Honda’s first mass-market does the job, but it’s not up to the engineering standards.


1. The Insight costs just ($23,900 CDN) to start.

2. powered by Honda’s Integrated Assist hybrid system, an electric motor that the gasoline engine.

3. Fuel is rated at 40/43 mpg (city/hwy)

So the remains, can this all-new compete with Toyota’s Prius? Let’s take a


With an of $19,800 ($23,900 CDN) the is the cheapest hybrid on the market. It was to be drastically less than a new but with Toyota cutting as well the difference is now just

And with the styling of the two cars almost identical, it’s to judge either vehicle on its appeal. Besides, if you’re at a car like this you probably like the futuristic look of efficiency. It’s actually on us, although sometimes and from angles the Insight can still dorky.

We really love the Sky Blue Metallic paint

With those factors out of the we’re left to judge the car on its categories: comfort, functionality and economy.

Unfortunately for Honda, the factor (a strong hand for one of the company’s cars) really of much concern here.


Of most then are those fuel numbers. Honda claims a 40 mpg 43 mpg highway rating – this to Toyota’s claim of 51 and 48 for the new Prius. also just under Civic Hybrid, which 40 and 45 mpg.

In our testing we managed mpg on the highway (at a good clip) and 42 mpg in total. We even ran the car down to fumes and got 373 miles. The trip to the used up 9.25 gallons of gas Insight has a 10.6 gallon meaning that at a national of $2.50 a gallon we only had to $23 for a fill-up!


The Insight doesn’t get the fuel-economy of the Prius, due to its more hybrid system. It might like wizardry to some, but engines, especially Honda’s, are simple.

The Insight uses a four-cylinder gasoline engine as as an electric motor and a battery used to store the energy. the systems produce 98hp and 123 of torque and they don’t the car wanting for power. This is the same gasoline engine as in the Hybrid, but the Insight uses a and less powerful electric resulting in slightly less

Honda calls its system Motor Assist (IMA) and the pretty much says it Whereas Toyota’s Hybrid Drive allows the car limited on just electric power, in the the gasoline engine propels the car and the motor simply kicks in to additional power, allowing for acceleration while using little gas.

The electric also recharges itself, the energy in slowing the car into energy in the battery packs.

On top of the Insight also makes use of a function, turning the gasoline off when the car is at idle.


For both and/or convenience Honda has the Insight with an ECON When pressed, the start-stop will work when the car to a stop, shutting off the gasoline – as well as the fan/heater/air conditioning. If a particularly hot or cold day you can simply the car in its default setting, meaning the fan (and therefore the gasoline will continue to run when he car is


The ECON button is just a of the Insight’s Eco Assist feature, also includes an Eco Guide information system and a color speedometer background to indicate the of fuel-efficient driving.

Much the ECON button, the color background is far less complex it sounds. Essentially the colors from bright green to bright blue (inefficient) on the throttle pressure. This can be a bit because at 4000 rpm at 80 mph it’s green if you keep your steady.

Mind you, fuel at that speed is still an 37 mpg, but considering what the car is of it’s not the most efficient


The Eco Guide actually be a more useful giving you half a dozen of fuel-economy information to look at. In it makes driving more a fuel-economy video game as you to see just what the car can do. Honda is much aware of this; having one screen display leaves that light up as you them by driving efficiently.

is also a screen that the current and past two trips and the economy rating for each of


In real world Honda’s IMA system isn’t all smooth and doesn’t always like you might expect. I did an improvement from the Civic but there is still some when the engine shuts off as you to a stop at a light.

Also, if you do a stop-and-go the car can really buck. The on the other hand, changes modes undetectably.

As for the start-stop system, there times when it just work. It wasn’t often, but on I’d come to a light and the engine continue to run. In particular happened when I exited the and stopped at the first light.

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the start-stop system seemed too at times, turning the gasoline back on when I move my around on (but not off of) the brake

Honda’s hybrid system bad, it’s just it isn’t as refined as others on the and doesn’t get their fuel-economy


As for the of the car, it’s mostly thought out and well put together, we do have a few complaints here

Standard equipment includes windows and locks, climate a tilt and telescopic steering and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio with MP3 capability and an auxiliary

For an extra $1,500, it’s best to upgrade from the EX to the LX though. It gives you some like a six-speaker audio paddle shifters, steering audio controls and 15-inch The real reason to upgrade, is the cruise control and Honda’s Stability Assist program.

Standard safety features on the include front and side for driver and passenger, as well as curtain airbags both and rear. ABS and EBD are also standard as is a Pressure Monitoring System

The interior is somewhat basic but well put together and the materials, economy-minded, certainly don’t cheap. The seats are quite and don’t have the rock-hard typical of economy cars.

The display, as well as the climate all look and feel high and while the two-tier Honda can take some getting to for those not familiar with modern Hondas, it’s a great setup.

The Insight has a Honda audio system isn’t great and can actually be to at full volume. The front cup are also an area that work, as they are just too meaning you’ll be cleaning up coffee off the floor mats on a basis.


As a hatchback the Insight gives functionality than a standard car with 15.9 cubic of trunk space, which to 31.5 cu.-ft. with the seats folded flat.

due to the design of the car the rear seats are useless for adults in the headroom – even though legroom is

That hatch also for a rather obstructed view of behind the car. Not only the rear bar on the hatch sit in the middle of the field of view, but the side of the hatch produce rather blind spots.


first attempt at a mass-market is good, but doesn’t quite up to the new Prius, which has the advantage of on its third generation. Based on fuel-economy (easily the most factor in buying a hybrid) the is lacking. The IMA hybrid system doesn’t work as smoothly as hybrid systems.

On top of these two critiques, we registered far more complaints about the car as a whole we’d expect from a

Still, Honda is marketing the as “the people’s hybrid” and has it accordingly. At $2,200 less the Prius it might just be low to win over buyers.

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