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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

  Average Consumer Rating (23 total 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.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 45
  • cty
/
  • 49
  • highway
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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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pete450
pete450
05-11-2012
I have a 2002 Insight and enjoy the ride. Took it down to L.A. from S.F. and arrived much less battered than with my prior car, a Mustang. The Insight handled smoothly , its low-slung profile a grea...


mpholt08
mpholt08
04-02-2013
I had a few questions on the Accord, and appreciate if anyone can help answer. The questions may be a bit over the place, but appreciate any insight you can give on any of them. Almost definitely goin...


xcel
xcel
12-27-2004
(1) The other day I looked under the hood of a 2002 Insight at a used-car dealer near me and neither the salesperson nor I could see the version (SULEV, ULEV, ...) listed anywhere. Is there a foolproo...