This is one of the first cars in a long time to exceed our expectations. It is exceptionally well engineered and manufactured. The fuel economy is outstanding. Honda took their time and did this one right. They were obviously looking for every "tweak" they could find for economy. For a two person family with grown kids, this car is ideal. We have a Lexus RX 300 when we need to haul more than an average load of groceries or take another couple. The Insight is getting more than 2/3 of the use because of the economy and it is fun to drive and a joy to park. And this thing has zip. I have had to learn to keep my foot out of it and stay at 70 or a little below to go for the best mpg.
Economy and styling. This is an eye turner.
None that are worth the effort. This is a specialized vehicle that was designed around economy. Once you grasp that, other issues become very secondary. The special Bridgestone tires are designed to be hard to give a minimum footprint. That does make them ride a little stiff. At 50 mpg +, so what!
Absolutely the best value for today: Fun to drive, outstanding mileage: averaging 60 -70 mpg mostly freeway driving. In town not as good. Power is great as long as you rev it; no low end torque. Great Climate Control. Lots of people stop you to ask you about it; great for conversation. Able to use carpool lane and also get $2000 back from IRS. The savings in gasoline between this and my other car makes the payment (for 60months) on this car; so it's essentially free! Now want to get more options to trick it out! You can afford this and your "week-end only" gas hog with the fuel savings!
Mileage, quiet, range is so long: over 600 miles on a tank with plenty of reserve!!
Options, options, options !! Optional wide farings to accommodate wider rear tires; bigger fuel tank (10.6gals now), say 13.5 gals from Acura Integra. Insulation package (which I'm having done independently for about $650, complete). Bigger IMA unit, say 20-30 HP. Darker rear glass, solar panels.
I recently obtained a "clean vehicle" sticker in California that allows the use of carpool lanes with only one person in the car. It just doesn't seem fair to get great mileage while cruising past stopped traffic on the freeway. It is normal to get at least 500 miles per tank, so you don't need to fill it up very often, and it doesn't cost very much at that. Compared to what I was driving before, the savings in fuel costs alone is enough to cover payments. It is amazing that it performs the way it does with only a 1000cc engine, which is smaller than many motorcycles.
This car is extremely well built, solid and reliable. The all-aluminum frame and outer skin is strong but very lightweight, providing a unique driving experience. High responsiveness and very agile. Outperforms in winding mountain roads. The car has almost all the features of a luxury vehicle.
Cruise control is needed. It would be nice to have a super-economy mode in addition to the two performance controls, drive and second (wider cvt rpm range). The auto-stop feature is great, except that it would be good to have a manual auto stop button for start and go traffic.
Add clip in gas filler to retain the gas cap. Make rear fender cutout round so it looks like a car with skirrt removed. Stop the automatic hatch locking. Add passengers visor mirror and glove box light.
I really don't understand why the Editor's rating is a full 40% points different than the individuals who actually own the car? Not enough horsepower for you guys? C'mon, this is a GREAT car. While not for everyone, those who do own them, bye and large, love them to death!