I have owned this car for almost three
years and buying it was probably the
best decision I've ever made. It is
reliable, inexpensive and easy to
maintain. But you have to have a sense
of humor to drive it!
I've found that driving does have other
rewards, however. The police only warn
me when I am stopped for speeding
because they are surprised that a
hybrid is so speedy. And I never have
to wait long at busy intersections
because people are extraordinarily
courteous and curious when you drive a
The fuel economy and low emissions were
my reason for purchasing the car, but
it has exceeded all my expectations
It's so low to the ground that is is
impossible to get out gracefully, and
the sound system is vintage Honda Civic
I bought my 2000 Honda Insight in April
2001. In 2000, Honda was the first to
put hybrids on the road. My Insight has
motored 69,200 miles with a lifetime
gas consumption of 62.5 miles per
gallon (mpg). The interior is
comfortable and stylish. The unique
seat supports my double-herniated back
even on the long haul drives. The car
is fun, generating curiosity and honks
of approval. Plus, with 62.5 mpg and
that nifty tax write off of $1500, I
can feel good about the environment,
global situations, and my own finances.
It's just plain nice!
I like the rear wheel skirts and the
seats best. The dash is nice, too.
Having driven about 10000 miles both in city and
from Dallas, Tx to Ocala, Fl and back I can say the
milage is nowhere near the 56MPG rating. Lack of
cruise control really hurts. If you are used to cruise
control you will have to change the way you drive or
the speed will easily creep up to 80 and above. The
best milage I have achieved is 52MPG highway and
46 in town. Once the summer temperatures go up
you can expect those numbers to drop 20% because
of the air conditioner. Electric motor is noisy.
So I'm on Sunset racing a Ferrari F40
and weaving in and out of rally cars
last summer, and heads were
turning and watching the 5 speed
kick it, and I realized I had a sporty,
head turning ride for relative peanuts.
When I later saw said Ferrari with its
hood up and smoke pouring out at
the staion at PCH and Sunset, I
realized I really do have the best of
both worlds, minus the headaches.
Sporty exterior, freaking people out
when at a stop in full electric mode
(soooo quiet) and the high tech
THANK THE STARS they ditched the
cassette player (?!) for cs as
standard. A futuristic car with a
cassette player? That's just lame!