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Road Test: 2010 Insight

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Road 2010 Honda Insight

Honda Insight Overview

Ten ago, Honda introduced the States to a cute hybrid called the Insight. As good as car was in saving the environment, its two-passenger and design eerily similar to the GM EV1 weren’t very practical for use. Eventually, the Insight, and all hybrid vehicles, became a fiddle to the Toyota Prius launched in 2001.

After production of the original Insight in Honda revived the moniker for the model year with practicality, fuel efficiency and in mind.

Judging by its looks and alone, the Honda Insight is competition for the Prius, but taking the fuel-efficiency into account it goes up against other vehicles like the Volkswagen TDI, smart fortwo. Fusion Hybrid and the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. As far as its hybrid is concerned, the 2010 Insight is the expensive hybrid vehicle on the with a starting MSRP of $19,800 for the base LX model. looking for a few more goodies may to opt for the EX, as our Insight EX w/Navigation started at handsomely equipped.

With the for gas-electric vehicles heating up into the summer months expensive gas season), we expect the Insight to make its presence in North America as it did its home of Japan by balancing excellent with great fuel

2010 Honda Insight

From a design standpoint, the between the Insight and the Prius are but Honda’s designers didn’t copy the styling of the Prius. it was more of a case of form function where the optimal shape for maximum fuel just happens to be the wedge that both cars Overall, the 2010 Insight’s coefficient value is an impressive which is just slightly slippery than the 2010 0.25 Cd. The Insight also to blend the styling of other green cars such as the sloped hood and three-bar made popular by the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity as well as the futuristic, rear end from the original

Honda also designed a attitude into its hybrid from the blue-tinted headlamps to the LED One odd aspect of the Insight’s design is how the 15-inch wheels look to the rest of the body, giving it a economy car feeling, but the car recoups a image shared with the thanks to the stylish design of the spoke wheels and the A-pillar seemingly cuts into the fenders. Those looking for a payoff for the extra money on the EX trim level will be as the only difference between the LX and the upper EX trim level is the door mirrors with turn signal indicators.

2010 Honda Insight

Once inside, however, the Insight EX with Navigation shows where the extra went. The upgraded EX features the two-tier instrument gauge that was introduced on the Civic. On all the lower gauges house regarding the hybrid powertrain, the upper digital speedometer the driver real time as to how green he or she is driving, but the EX offers the of a large touch-screen navigation Other EX exclusive goodies are standard equipment include a armrest with a hidden USB for iPod connectivity, transmission shift paddles mounted to the wheel and cruise control.

All Insights are able to fit just any size driver thanks to a adjustable front seat height adjustments as well as a tilt and telescoping steering

As for the color-coded speedometer, the readout train the driver to drive as efficient as possible by turning when the car is operating at its peak and it turns blue when the is operating the car with a little too enthusiasm. Thankfully, keeping the background present didn’t annoying hypermiling procedures as slow take offs and stops. The Insight also an interactive display that five leaves when the is most efficient, and leaves to disappear as the driver operates the car efficiently.

The charge/assist gauge show the driver when the are being charged and when are being used to assist the

Although the 2010 Insight on a chassis derived from the Fit. it is a dedicated hybrid which means that was able to maximize the interior for both passengers and the car’s tech components. With the pack mounted in the rear area under the spare the Insight is able to maximize luggage and passenger space. The of the hatchback with the bar running the middle of it can cause a slight for rearward visibility, but the added allows the Insight to offer interior volume than the to accommodate five passengers as as their gear.

Up to 15.9 feet of cargo can fit under the with the back seats in but for added room the 60/40 rear bench seat almost flat to increase volume to 31.5 cubic

2010 Honda Insight Handling

To provide maximum economy without sacrificing driving dynamics of a small vehicle, the Insight uses 1.3-liter inline-4 paired up a 10kW motor powered by a metal hydride (Ni-MH) pack. All gear changes are through a continuously variable (CVT), but the EX model we tested allows for virtual manual changes courtesy of shift mounted to the back of the steering For those misplaced souls for a bit more ‘oomph’ when Honda also includes a mode with this that holds each a little bit longer in the revs.

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The question begging to be asked is why anybody looking for a car like the would want to drive want to drive in such a but it’s there.

As far as the Insight’s manners are concerned, the battery really gives the Insight’s engine the ability to merge and just like any other economy car. Systems as the regenerative braking and auto are much more noticeable in other vehicles using fuel-saving technologies, but one of the Honda’s points is how it shows its driver how green it’s driving. In to the color-changing speedometer and the charge/assist the Insight also adds an display that shows leaves when the driver is efficient, and leaves start to as the driver operates the car less

Another system used to maximize the Insight’s fuel comes via a large green button just to the right of the wheel. When in econ the Insight does including shutting off the engine at stops, and the air conditioning as well, which driving green a trade off conserving fuel and comfort especially in the July Florida With a slightly lighter that anyone buying a vehicle might exhibit, we saw economy number slightly the EPA estimates of 40 miles per gallon in the and 43 mpg on the highway in normal mode.

We actually saw the best fuel in the city with Econ engaged that netted us 49 mpg on the readout — still the Prius’ 51 city mpg but the price then becomes a factor.

One of the that allowed Honda to the Insight at such a low price was the simplicity of the gas-electric drivetrain Compared to other hybrid used by Toyota Motor General Motors and Ford Company, Honda’s Integrated Assist (IMA) system not allow for propulsion using 100 electric power. The IMA features the DC brushless electric motor between the engine and transmission helps improve fuel by assisting the engine during and by allowing start/stop mode the car comes to a complete stop both reduce the strain on the therefore lowering the car’s fuel consumption.

2010 Insight Safety

Although the Institute for Highway Safety has yet to test 2010 Insight for its worthiness, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) did get its on Honda’s hybrid hatchback in rather mixed scores. For the the NHTSA gave the Insight a rating in frontal- and side-impact but the remaining occupants only four stars for both Likewise, the Insight scored stars for rollover avoidance.

also equipped its new Insight standard safety features as six airbags, active head for both front seats, stability control, traction and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake (EBD).


Since the whole of a hybrid vehicle is to save the 2010 Honda Insight just that by becoming the expensive hybrid vehicle on the The fuel economy number of the Insight may be slightly lower its main rival, the Prius, but a starting price that is lower than Toyota’s the Honda is designed to save up front as opposed to over the run. With the addition of the joining the Fit and the Civic in its vehicle Honda now offers a trio of practical and fuel-efficient vehicles which to choose.

As only the automaker to offer a dedicated model, Honda and its 2010 looks to gobble up some of the share for small economic including the class-leading Prius sold just under units last year

HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable
HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA HE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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