2010 Honda Insight hybrid is mostly agreeable — USATODAY.com

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By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

Ariz. — Honda’s Insight gasoline-electric hybrid the substantial, comfortable car that its hybrid is, nor does it deliver the 50 per gallon promised by Toyota for its of chief rival Prius.

But if prices it low enough, Insight could make full-fledged technology available to car buyers tighter budgets.

Insight on sale April 22 — Earth in case you need a reminder of why to fuel.

Generally, the Insight test cars driven proved to be nice machines — agreeable and easily capable of the mileage ratings — with a few

Honda officials here Insight as a clever, handy, small car that just to use hybrid technology for good economy. It’s a complete hybrid system, not a so-called hybrid, but scaled down the similar setup in the Civic (Test Drive, Jan. 9 ), so it perform as well.

Expect Insight to be rated 40 mpg 43 highway, 41 combined. Civic rated 40/45/42.

It’s to call 40 mpg disappointing, but in this it is. The smaller, lighter Insight, a smaller-displacement gasoline engine, to be an underachiever. Honda says partly because Insight’s for a little more punch, to driving more fun, at the of fuel economy.

Honda’s no clue about pricing, so hard to say if Insight’s a good Civic hybrid and the 2009 both start at about The less-lavish and smaller Insight be considerably lower if logic is of the pricing formula.

Toyota disclosed the price for the redone Prius — to go on sale in about six — partly because it first to see what price tag Honda on Insight.

Here are Insight’s salients, on a day driving the two versions of Insight Honda expects most to buy, along with a Prius and 2009 Civic The Insight is:

• Sporty, firm. is more agile than the Prius; less so than the hybrid. The 2010 Prius is an quantity.

• Small and feels it. Back-seat users have to and twist to avoid head-whacking they get in or out. Headroom in is limited.

Expect your to rub the ceiling if you’re close to 6 tall, or are average height and a hat.

• Not especially comfortable on the and back. Despite what said was considerable effort to Goldilocks seats (juuust front seats lack adjustments.

•Pretty smooth. If the test cars were drivers will feel subtle but annoying shimmies and that are an unfortunate signature of hybrid drivetrains.

•Driver-friendly. The econ button, changes the drivetrain programming to a little better fuel for less-lively performance, stays off if you it off. It doesn’t reset, to the econ mode when you start the car.

Attaboy feedback is plentiful but delivered If you consistently drive smoothly for best mileage, the instrument starts awarding you figures of growing into a wreath if really light-footed. It takes account whether you’re in mountains, on the plains or in between, so drivers in flat states necessarily get the eco eye candy sooner.

in the digital speedometer glows when you’re driving efficiently, blue when driving hard, blue-green in

For those not good at taking a moving bar in a modest-size gauge shows if you’re using up the charge or replenishing it.

• Feels like a hybrid . The variable automatic transmission has the slipping-clutch sound and feel in most hybrids. Hit the throttle, and the CVT the engine rev fast and stay while the car accelerates at a pace out of with the roaring engine. the car’s going fast that the engine slows and peaceful.

Until you need power again.

If the complaints insignificant on your auto then all you need is for Honda to set a Too close to Prius or Civic and Insight’s a bad buy. If it’s in true economy-car territory, the appeal grows considerably.

the 2010 Honda Insight

New compact, four-door, front-drive model sold only as hybrid.

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•When? On sale 22 (Earth Day).

•Where? in Japan.

•Why? Honda needed a Prius fighter, a hybrid-only unique and recognizable as such.

Scale down the Civic drive system.

•How Honda won’t say until to sale date, but promises be priced as an economy car.

potent? Not very. Four-cylinder, gas engine rated 98 horsepower at rpm, 123 pounds-feet of torque at rpm. Electric motor: 10 hp, 53

Continuously variable automatic

•How lavish? Base LX is deficient: no stability control, storage or map lights. Honda 65% of buyers to take the fancier EX. Bluetooth optional on EX.

•How Compact, smaller than between Honda Fit and Civic. inches long, 66.7 wide, 56.2 inches on a 100.4-inch wheelbase, 2,723-2,734

Passenger space: 85 cubic cargo, 15.9 cubic behind rear seat, cubic feet when down.

•How thirsty? Honda federal ratings of 40 miles per in town, 43 highway, 41 combined. EX tester got 48.8 mpg on Honda-selected including hills, curves, and suburbs, but no stop-and-go.

Regular gas specified.

•Overall: Not refined if priced near Civic or Prius. Worth a hard if priced as economy car.

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