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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

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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.

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


  • 45
  • cty
  • 49
  • highway
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