2013 Honda Insight Base Review

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2013 Honda Insight Base

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MSRP: $18,600 – $23,790


While the Insight indeed faces stiff competition from the likes of Volkswagen and Toyota, shoppers who put mileage and price at the top of their car-buying criteria can purchase an Insight in good conscience. The lone pair of speakers and non-existent center console make for a bare bones look on the interior, though reviewers praise the dash controls and driving gauges, which are logically placed and simple to operate. Green vehicle enthusiasts tend to like the smallish size of the car and its 42-mpg combined mileage rating.

For drivers new to hybrid vehicles, the coaching feature will teach them to drive in a very efficient way, with feedback that includes an interactive speedometer.

Consumers who are willing to pay $5,000 more can get a much better car that offers significantly more interior space, higher mileage numbers, better handling, and superior amenities. Toyota s Prius, for example, gets 50 mpg. Ford s C-Max offers a combined 47 mpg rating.

Two other hybrids also outrank Insight in the mileage department, namely the Toyota Prius C and the Honda Civic. which notch 50 mpg and 44 mpg, respectively. The Insight s four most similar competitors cost more, but for the moderate price increase, drivers go home with larger, more capable vehicles.

The efficient hybrid power train is rated at 98 horsepower and features a four-cylinder, 1.3-liter, 88 horsepower combustion engine. The car s 13-horsepower electric motor, which uses nickel-metal hydride batteries for power, is diminutive but efficient. The Insight s back seat is small, and is one of the car s primary drawbacks, especially when compared to competitors more liberal cabin space.

Unlike most other hybrid-electric cars, the Insight tends to mimic the driving feel of a pure-combustion vehicle.

Toyota s Prius, for example, is capable of operating in all-electric mode during low-speed intervals. The Honda Insight, on the other hand, never travels on electric power alone. It uses its four-cylinder combustion for propulsion at all times, calling on the electric motor for supplementary power only.

On the plus side, even when taking into account the minimalist interior, moderate noise levels, and cabin space limitations, the Insight appeals to true hybrid fans who are in the market for a car that uses little fuel and dispenses with unnecessary bells and whistles. Like its direct competitor, the Prius C, Insight can reach 60 mph in just under 11 seconds,

The trio of trim levels offers increasingly sophisticated capabilities and a narrow price range that spans just $4,000 from base to EX model. The $18,600 MSRP base Insight features MP3 and CD players, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a 1.3-liter hybrid-drive system. Fuel-efficiency ratings for the base are 41/44 mpg, with a combined 42 mpg.

Traction and stability control, as previously mentioned, are standard. In addition, standard on the base model are climate control, height adjustment for the driver seat, and power accessories.

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For USB/iPod interface and cruise control, one must move up to the LX model, which is the car s mid-range offering. For the $1,700 price bump, owners also get extra storage space and an armrest, plus an extra pair of speakers. The top trim level Insight EX sports allow wheels and a leather steering wheel.

Other upscale touches include Bluetooth capability, six speakers, and heated mirrors.

In three crucial safety categories, Insight earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety s (IIHS) top rating. As far as roof strength, frontal offset, and side crash evaluations go, IIHS listed Insight as “good,” which is the organization s highest rank within its safety-grading system. The vehicle features both side curtain and side airbags for the front seating area.

Three other safety features are standard, namely traction control, anti-lock brakes, and stability control.

There is much to recommend the 2013 Honda Insight. For one, it comes in at the lowest price for any hybrid offered in the U.S. It looks great and offers a tight, controlled driving experience.

Feedback from reviewers and test-drivers is generally positive.

On the negative side, Honda s fuel-efficient bargain suffers from several drawbacks that are clearly out of its control, the primary one being competition. When the Insight made its debut four years ago, Honda hoped it would be able to cut into the Prius constituency, but that dream never came to pass. Adding insult to injury, other car makers began coming out with hybrid-electric cars which also competed directly with Insight.

Toyota s Prius C and Honda s own combustion best-seller, the Fit. steal a potential audience from Insight. While Fit is not a hybrid, it gets laudable mileage, is extremely stylish, and offers more interior room for several thousand dollars less than 2013 Insight .

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