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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Honda Insight Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.0 L Inline 3-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 73 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 48/60 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Honda Insight

  • Some cars make you feel like a champion. This one makes you feel like a hero.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Amazing fuel economy, astounding technology, lots of standard equipment.

  • Cons

    Batteries drain fast under continual electric motor assist, highly susceptible to crosswinds, not much point-and-shoot power on tap.

  • What's New for 2001

    A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available for 2001, and Monte Carlo Blue Pearl replaces Citrus Yellow on the color chart.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 48
  • cty
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  • 60
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Mine is running good at

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback w/Air Conditioning (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Great car to own, I've had several of them already. The latest one came with CVT Transmission/AC/Cruise Control. Love them, I think it's the most reliable vehicle on the road because it's so light and doesn't take a lot of engine power to move it around.




Best car i ever owned

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

Why they stopped making this car I will never understand. Running original plugs at 230000 miles. On 3rd set of tires, Getting 70000 per set. Only thing that had to be replaced was the air fuel sensor, which took me less then 10 min to do. Great in the snow.




Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

This is the coolest and best car I have ever own. I have saved thousands of dollars on gas driving this - not to mention helping the environment. I highly recommend this car to anyone considering one!!!




2001 honda insight

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

Over my lifetime, I have bought eight new cars from a Karman Ghia to a Cadillac. This by far is the best car, new or used, I have ever had. Great conversational piece, incredible reliability, and unbelievably economical. Oh and did I mention that the all aluminum body does not rust. It still looks like new.



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Free car?

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

I have a 75 mile daily commute to work (San Diego to Irvine). I was driving a Nissan Xterra (paid off) getting 16 mpg and paying $680 a month in gas. I bought my Honda Insight for $11,000 and have a monthly payment of $225 a month. The Insight gets 50 mpg (+-2 mpg) even with all the SoCal hills and traffic. I am now paying $210 a month in gas. This is a total cost (both car payment and gas) of $435 a month, a savings of $245 a month in just the gas for my Xterra. It feels like I'm saving money and I got a free car in the process. Pretty wild! I still own the Xterra but I only use it for Home Depot runs. All this and it's a blast to drive around town. My advice...Buy one!




50+mpg, totally trouble free

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Vehicle: 2001 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

Except for no center armrest in console the best designed most efficient vehicle I have ever owned. Fun, cute, 10K miles mid-February to early june. 53mpg. average--with automatic, AC, PS, PB, PW, P. locks, P. mirrors. Comfortable and surprisingly roomy. 5 day round trip Tucson to San Francisco, driver and passenger and luggage - 38 gallons, $105, 1900 miles! And American Honda transferred the warranty (8 yr./100K miles) for $50 transfer fee, then informed me they had extended the driveline warranty from 8/100K to 10/150K.



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Full 2001 Honda Insight Review

What's New for 2001

A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available for 2001, and Monte Carlo Blue Pearl replaces Citrus Yellow on the color chart.

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Talk About The 2001 Insight

2001 Honda Insight Discussions See all Started By

swharrell
swharrell
05-26-2014
Is there such a thing is an after market cruise control for an Insight, if so is it safe to install on such a small engine for 500 plus mile trips ? ?...


ebeaudoin
ebeaudoin
10-29-2014
I work at a Honda dealer. The first couple times I drove the Insight, I disliked it quite a bit. I just returned from a 10 mile drive in one and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. For my needs, this car...


portedbikes
portedbikes
10-16-2014
It is ok if you do not like the electric car, just do not buy one, but for those that like them... why there is no options? and when there is one it looks as horrible as the Insight, gets you nowhere ...



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