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2011 Honda Insight

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Last year, brought out the Insight hybrid to against the well-established, best-selling Prius hybrid. The 40-43 MPG didn t quite match the MPG fuel efficiency of the Prius, but it was much more aggressively: for the 2010 Insight vs. $22,000 for the Prius.

That put $2,200 in your pocket enough to buy than 800 gallons of regular gas at current prices (about per gallon), which works out to 32,000 miles of driving an average of about 40 MPGs.

In the Honda came with years worth of free gas as an

For 2011, Honda s getting more aggressive. The price of the has been dropped to $18,200 less than the base of the 2011 Prius ($21,650).

And will buy you even more close to 1,300 gallons at prices. Enough to travel 50,000 miles.

Eventually, the catches up. But how long do you want to for your savings?

You might to take a look at the Insight if you re in the for a new hybrid.

The Insight is a hybrid five-door hatchback sedan in general layout and function to the Toyota Prius.


The big news is a big price cut for 2011. The s base price is $1,600 than it was last year.

All 2011 Insights also now standard with Honda s VSA control system  which was available only in the top-of-the-line EX.


Does the basic job as the Prius but costs a lot to buy.

Honda dealers likely to haggle than dealers.

Big enough to work as a car for a small family. With the row seats folded flat two can sleep in the cargo area.

interior layout.


Like the Prius and all other the Insight does its best on secondary roads at speeds of 40 mph or Drive it often on the highway at speeds of 60-70 and real-world gas (vs. the EPA Happy Talk) is a few MPGs of what you d get from a economy car like the 2011 Fiesta (41 MPGs on the highway).

The s not-so-powerful powertrain sometimes sweats to keep up with


The Insight s powertrain consists of a 1.3 liter gas plus a 10 Kw electric motor and pack. The gas engine produces 88 hp and the motor/batteries the equivalent of 13 more for a total of  101 hp.

The transmission is a Continuously Variable CVT) transmission.

The Insight is slow . It about 11 seconds to reach 60 mph on ground with no passengers on

The payoff is the possibility of 40 mpg city/43 if you drive it slow .

Like the Prius, the Insight can along on its batteries and electric alone at speeds up to about 30 The battery/electric motor also a supplemental power boost the gas engine needs a little

Which is often. At least, the way I Or, to be fair to the car, where I

I live in the country and rarely to deal with slow-moving, the type of driving situation for the Insight was optimized.

I do have to with steep grades and posted 70-75 MPH.

is the Insight s or any hybrid s turf. The gas works hard to maintain 70 mph on other than a completely road; the engine will spin to 80 percent of redline 4,000 RPM on a 6,000 RPM scale) and there until the terrain out or you hit a downhill section. It s a little to listen to the engine struggling this, just to keep up.

range when driven way is mid-high 30s. Just ok.

a 2011 Ford Fiesta deliver 41 MPG for $5,000 less up and no hybrid equipment needed. The s about two seconds quicker to 60,

Just saying.

City is where you ll get the most out of the Insight out of any

When you re stopped at a light, the car s controller will cut off the gas engine to fuel that would be wasted. The Prius (and hybrids, like the new Ford hybrid )  does the same but the Honda does it with sophistication. Even if the gas engine isn t running (more precisely, its aren t firing ) its crankshaft is at all times so that restarts are perceptible.

In other hybrids, the Prius you d often feel a slight sensation as the gas engine restarted.

The CVT has a Sport mode and its shift can be controlled via F1-style paddle (on EX trims) located on the steering These basically let you hold the in a more aggressive setting for at the feel of better acceleration. But a zero to 60 time of about 11 the Insight is about 2-3 seconds off the of almost any conventional modern car.

A Ford Transit is about the only thing s slower.

The Insight looks a hybrid but it s not as obviously hybrid as the nor as deliberately Geek Squad in of its controls.

It has, for example, a key ignition and a floor-mounted shifter Prius has a toggle thing on the center console that  some getting used The digital readout speedometer has backlighting that shifts deep green (most to shades of blue (less depending on how hard you re working the as a sort of visual cue to encourage driving.

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There is also a display that you can scroll by pressing the i button on the steering to learn such things as and average economy as well as and (like the Prius) whether you re the electric motor/batteries, the gas engine, or

The AC system is controlled by rotary to the right of the steering wheel, fan speed just above No mice or menus to negotiate. If you defrost or heat or whatever, you turn the knob to the appropriate

The rear doors are cut deeply the back quarter panels and makes them open wide and also creates a big to ease getting in and getting There s not quite as much back there once you re in, On this score, the slightly Prius has a definite advantage, almost three inches rear seat legroom (36 vs.

33.5 inches for the Honda) and two inches more headroom inches vs. 35.9).

The back of the Insight is a lot like what to be called a Kammback layout, the roof slopes gradually where it meets up with a tall/vertical tail section of which lifts up when you the hatchback. This layout useable cargo space the hatchback down, too (32 cubic max) and also gives the a roomy and open feel.

s also a standard tilt and steering wheel and height driver seat.

During the I had the Insight, the car got about 35-38 mpg at roughly 3,200 ft. and dealing hilly terrain and average around 50 MPH.

Mid-high 30s is ok . but if you do a research you ll find it s about an 80s-era Geo Metro or Renault Le Car without all the complex/expensive hybrid Why haven t modern hybrids able to outperform 80s-era when it comes to MPGs?

Modern cars including like the Insight are about 500 heavier, on average, than the cars of the past for two main

One, modern cars hybrid cars almost all standard with amenities as air conditioning, power windows and as well as more sound etc. all of which adds

Two, modern cars comply with much federal crasworthiness requirements requires more structural which usually means steel which usually more weight. Also, new have to have multiple air which also adds

Nothing wrong with and safer cars. But it comes at a both up front and at the pump. We probably have 60 MPG economy if people were willing to strippers without things AC and power options and if the government its crashworthiness requirements.

Neither is to happen which is why the car industry $20k hybrids that can t the efficiency of $5k 80s-era shitboxes.

The new model Insight with its price is a step in the right though. And the car s still well-equipped for use with standard AC and a decent stereo with MP3 port.

All come with ABS (with braking, which uses the s momentum to help recharge the as well as front seat impact and curtain air bags for rows.

Another item: The brakes are which is arguably a plus in of service life and cost to Drum brakes are simpler and durable; no expensive rotors to or $300 calipers to replace.Drum shoes often last miles or more, too.

The s disc/drum layout is perfectly for the type of driving this is likely to see.


While Toyota is still the king of hybrids having got the to market first and having had the success with it the downside is dealers are demanding and getting top for the getting-pricey Prius.

You ll also to drive the Prius for several at least to work off the difference in costs.

Even a top-of-the-line EX with voice-recognition navigation, alloy wheels, paddle for the CVT and a premium six-speaker stereo is $21,490 less than the of the base version of the 2011

So, if you want a new hybrid that ll you money as well as gas, the s definitely worth a test

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