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TYPE: Sedan


BASE MSRP: $18,300

the current generation Honda was introduced in March 2009 as a model it was hailed as a “Toyota fighter.” Making the best use of the cost-effective Honda hybrid the Insight was touted as a 40-mpg-plus car for less than $20,000 – a designed to undercut the least Prius by about $2,000. But countered with a lower Prius. With around difference in price, combined the Prius’s 51 mpg city and 48 highway the Insight’s 40 city/43 highway, the Insight sales of 70,000 per didn’t happen.

Last to be more competitive and jump-start the sales, Honda added a new level Insight hybrid to its 2011 lineup. Named the Honda Insight, the $18,200 gave it a walloping $4,610 advantage over the base Prius II. (Toyota relegated the I for fleet sales only.) The The same as the previous year – little hatchback hybrid came close its yearly goal.

In fact, since its 2009 introduction Insight have tallied only units.

For 2012 It’s Try Again

Like the little that could . Honda’s carries over with in hopes of increasing sales. The has given the car minor changes to the styling, interior and a slight in fuel economy. Traditionally, changes – what the industry a refresh – come after a has been on sale for three or years, but the Insight’s situation for faster action.

The sub-model designation nomenclature, is still the same as it was in 2011. The begins with the base starting at $18,350, a $150 over 2011. Next is the LX a $225 price bump to

The top EX trim starts at $21,815, more than the 2011 There’s also the EX with which is priced at $23,540, a increase. Of note, the 2012 price increases are relatively compared to the 2012 Toyota $480 to $1,045 jump.

The Hood

Increasing the fuel of an existing vehicle is not an easy particularly one that is already one of the fuel-efficient available. But that’s Honda accomplished on the 2012 with some tweaks the hood plus an exterior nip and This latest edition EPA mpg numbers of 41 city/44 highway and 42 a one-mpg increase in each

The design tweaks start a change to the aerodynamic shape of the bay underbody cover. Next, revisions to the engine and transmission cut to reduce fuel consumption.

The Insight continues with the system that Honda Integrated Motor Assist It’s an apt name since the motor assists the gasoline rather than working in with it. The assist occurs passing or climbing hills and in situations, namely low-speed it can even move the car on its own, the engine always turns.

The IMA system is comprised of a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and an electric paired with a nickel-metal battery pack. The gas engine 88 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque, the electric motor chips in 13 and 58 pound feet. Due to varying peaks, the maximum combined is 98 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.

is directed to the front wheels a continuously variable transmission which provides infinite to keep the engine operating its most efficient range.

On the EX model, Honda offers shifters mounted behind the wheel that give the the experience of a seven-speed gearbox. A CVT actually have gears, so the uses electronics to direct the to up- or downshift in specific ways a driver hits a paddle.

For the Insight’s design, Honda a shape that’s coming to hybrid and electric vehicles: a hatchback with a smooth and a high, abrupt tail. You can add the to a list of similarly shaped that begins with the Prius and includes the plug-in Volt extended-range electric as well.

The nip and tucks of the exterior include a new design that introduces a blue accent bar, light surrounds inside the casings and a restyled front The rear bumper is also with diffusers added to airflow while the aerodynamic forward of the front wheels been extended. These two along with the engine underbody cover, reduce the coefficient by two percent, helping to highway fuel mileage.

The low swept-back windshield, and long, arched roof let onlookers that the Insight is a gas-electric That’s a message that is to many hybrid buyers.

Despite the small platform, the feels spacious, airy, and futuristic. Like the Honda there’s plenty of forward and a clean, multi-level dash. tilt/telescoping steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat a comfortable driving position.

In to owner input, for 2012 the beverage holders have reshaped to accommodate larger and the front armrest (not on the base model) is more The available navigation system now a rearview camera and a 16-GB memory system replaces the DVD-based system used on the model.

In back, changes to the headliner shape and deeper of the rear seat cushion in 0.6 inches more headroom. every 10th of an inch The 15.9 cubic feet of room behind the rear is sufficient – maybe not for a family of but certainly for a couple taking a trip. When more room is required, the 60/40-split seats can open up to a fairly 31.5 cubic feet.

Driver Controls And Feedback, For Max MPG

The in the control system let Honda what it calls the Eco Assist which tells the driver how he or she is driving by changing the background of the speedometer. Green means blue means you’re a There’s an ECON mode enhances fuel economy by resetting the control logic, so the car more slowly and backs off the gas quicker.

The dashboard Eco Guide data on driving patterns, so drivers can analyze their to improve driving strategies. even shows up to five leaves in the display – similar to in the Ford Fusion Hybrid – to drivers who display the most behavior over time. leaves means more is required for driving economically.

On The

The Insight can feel labored accelerating rapidly off the line or fast-moving traffic. In ordinary conditions, however, the powertrain itself well enough and the car is on the highway. Our take is the Insight’s leans toward its cousin, the Fit – which is to say, it is fairly and responsive.

Steering feel is good and to a generally rewarding drive. The is firm and reasonably well but the suspension’s tuning makes even the smallest road

Cabin noise intrusion has an issue with the Insight day one. The low-rolling resistant have been singled out as the noisemaker – as they are with all – and a bit of buzziness from the engine periods of stronger acceleration is contributor. Interior noise improvement for 2012, thanks to noise-insulation materials and additional panels in the cargo area.


If you are a prospective hybrid car there’s no question that the of the 2012 Insight will get attention, plus until the c arrives, it has the highest fuel rating of any vehicle under Additionally, even the entry-level is well equipped with features that include: climate control; remote entry; power windows, locks and outside mirrors; steering column; manual seat height adjustment; audio system with two auxiliary audio input; and seating fabric.

And when it to standard safety features, the has all the biggies: front, side and air bags; front active restraints; four-wheel anti-lock with electronic brake and electronic stability and traction

The 2012 Insight has lots of reasons to place it on or near the top of shopping lists. But, it soon be overshadowed by the 2012 c when it arrives in March. smaller than the Insight, says the Prius c will under $19,000 with an mileage rating of 53 city/46 and a combined 50 mpg.

If fuel and price are important criteria in the new car there are a host of gasoline-powered with fuel-economy ratings in the mid range in city driving and an 40 on the highway. That’s within distance of the Insight at lower Might be worth checking out the Fiesta, Chevrolet Cruze, Accent or Mazda3 before to an Insight.

Still, the Insight has the others don’t have – a Honda.

Prices are Manufacturer Retail Price (MSRP) at of publication and do not include destination taxes or licensing.


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