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2002 Honda Insight Hatchback

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Honda Insight Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.0 L Inline 3-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 73 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 45/49 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 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 2002

    No changes are in store for Honda's clever gas-electric hybrid vehicle.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Do not buy an older

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback w/Air Conditioning (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

I owned one for 5 years, servicing every 3 months. In that time: 1. Need to replace cat converter ($1,200). 2. Need to replace IMA ($2,700). 3. Need to replace transmission ($2,200). 4. Need to replace flywheel. 5. Wheels randomly seize up almost causing an accident. Dealer doesn't know why ($100 diagnostic). 6. Need to replace engine ($3,800). 7. Need to replace transmission ($2,200). 8. Need to replace IMA again ($2,800). 9. Need to replace wiring ($550). Used/aftermarket parts are hard or impossible to find. 2 of 3 dealers had extremely poor workmanship (I was a mechanic). Car never lasted more than 3 months w/o something breaking, and every part on it is EXPENSIVE.



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Favorite car to drive

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

I purchased the CVT and have not regretted the purchase at all. I get an average of 52 mpg in LA with stop/go/AC. The car had 80,000 existing miles but Honda's extended warranty (150K) for the battery as well as the Honda Care extended warranty (7yr/100K) has taken care of any concerns. I enjoy the car so much that I will be selling my other car because I no longer drive it. Looking forward to the release of the 2009 Insight.




Honda insight is great

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

I love my Insight. 50 to over 60 mpg, great looks (it's red) and can park in tiny spaces. Plenty of cargo capacity, too.



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2002 honda insight review

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

From Mile zero to 42345 the average mpg is 62.2 overall. Highest was a trip of 320 miles and averaged 89.2 mpg. Yes, I had a tailwind - ;-)




My insight driving expirence

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

I drive mainly on interstate highway. My commute to work is about 96 miles round trip, all but 10miles are super highway. The vehicle has nearly 115,000 miles with an overall average mpg of 64.3. I haven't had any problems with the car and have replaced 4 tires once, and the front brakes just once. Because of the conditions of our Mass highways, I have had to replace the windshield twice and will need to replace it a third time before the next inspection. My Insight is a 5 speed manual with air conditioning.




Better than expected

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

This car accelerates better than I expected. I thought it'd be a dog, but it's much quicker than I thought it would be. The only problem I've had is with the odometer. It's stuck on the current trip mileage and won't return to overall mileage, so I'll need to get this repaired so I'll know when to change the oil. I've been cross country with this car half a dozen times or so, I wish it had cruise control, but that's not an option. The ride is a little more harsh than most cars, but I'm used to it, and going long distance is no problem. I can get the advertised 65 mpg highway IF I drive 55mph, but I just drive it the normal hwy speed and get about 50 mpg hwy. Overall I get 47 mpg.



Full 2002 Honda Insight Review

What's New for 2002

No changes are in store for Honda's clever gas-electric hybrid vehicle.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 45
  • cty
/
  • 49
  • highway
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