2004 Honda Insight Consumer Review: Buyer Beware
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2004 Honda Insight - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3-cyl. Hybrid 5-speed Manual w/AC)

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Buyer Beware
By GregL on

Vehicle

2004 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback w/Air Conditioning (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)

Review

This is a great car, IF you live in a flat place with no snow like Arizona or Florida. This car is miserable in snow and very slow on hills (or anytime power is needed). You will note that the people who love this car the most and get the best mileage live in very flat, warm areas. In New Jersey or New York traffic this car is simply dangerous. It is too small to be seen and does not have the suspension or power to handle ruts, potholes, hills, crosswinds, etc. Remember: this car gets most of its efficiency out of extreme light weight and incredibly narrow and hard tires. This combo does not make for a very safe car.

Best Features

This car actually does better (most days) than the EPA estimates. I have 60,000 miles on mine and have averaged (lifetime) 59.4 mpg. It also looks cool.

Worst Features

I put on P185/60R14 tires (wider). Car handles much better and doesn't follow ruts in the road anymore. (but this cost me about 10% efficiency). I spent $200 on dynamat to keep down the road noise which really helped. The safety issues of this car need to be addressed.
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