The Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is a publicly traded multinational corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded in 1937 when it first made automobile and engine parts, but is now known for power equipment, motorcycles, and automobiles. The Insight was the first Honda vehicle with the Integrated Motor Assist system. The Honda Insight was first built in 1999 and the company has announced the 2014 model will be the very last of this signature model.
The Insight is a subcompact hatchback with a wheelbase that is only 94.5 inches long. The first generation, which ran from 1999 to 2006, was a two-seater and had a lightweight aluminum construction for fuel economy. It is still the most fuel-efficient car, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, with a highway rating of 61 miles per US gallon.
The second generation (2009 to 2014) Insight saw a change to a four-door model hatchback with a dedicated hybrid platform, although the fuel efficiency was lower than the first generation. The Insight was intended to be the first hybrid technology automobile available to everyone with a more affordable price tag. The car is the first to have the ECO Assist system, which monitors and displays positive or negative effects on fuel efficiency, according the driver’s style.
The Honda Insight has a base price of just under $19,000.00, with the LX starting at $20,000.00 and the EX starting at $23,000.00.
The first generation Insight was equipped with a 1.0L ECA1 Inline-3 gasoline engine and a 144 Volt 10 kW (13hp) electric motor– with a parallel hybrid configuration. The second generation is equipped with a 1.3L LDA Series Inline-4 8-valve SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine with a DC brushless electric motor in a parallel hybrid configuration.
The first generation is equipped with either a 5-speed manual or CVT transmission while the second generation is equipped with a CVT transmission.
Size and Space Options
The original Honda Insight was a two passenger, two-door hatchback, while the second generation became a four-door, five passenger hatchback.
Control Panel and Display
The dashboard contains a multi-information display offering speed, fuel level and economy, and the ECO Assist feature. There are steering wheel mounted controls to access the MID, audio control, and cruise control, and an optional voice navigation screen.
The car seats five passengers comfortably with cloth seats and plenty of head and leg room. It is also equipped with automatic climate control, and a center console with armrest.
As one of the best hybrids produced, the Honda Insight was available worldwide and still has a large market for pre-owned cars.
The Insight comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
The Insight has multiple safety features—including a tire pressure indicator, dual stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, stability assist, traction control, lower and tether anchors for children, and child-proof rear door locks.
The Insight has enhanced rear visibility, USB audio interface, Bluetooth, a 160-watt audio system, cloth seats, cup holders, and split fold down rear seats.
The car comes with standard folding side mirrors, impact-absorbing bumpers, projector beam halogen headlights, and LED rear brake lights.
Available accessories include cargo trays, body side molding, spoilers, splash guards, and all-season floor mats.
Honda is a company known worldwide for its quality automobiles built for fuel efficiency and reliability.
The Insight is still one of the best hybrid compact cars around with a great reputation for being eco-friendly. It’s also a sleek-looking automobile.
The Insight offers a great value for the list price and with its hybrid technology and other eco-friendly features will help you save money at the gas pump.
Unfortunately the Insight is no longer being produced, but it is still readily available as a pre-owned option. It makes a great reliable, fuel efficient car that is also family-friendly.