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2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We are up to about 20k miles in our Insight now and still getting 45-50mpg with no issues. My wife uses it as her daily driver and loves it. We will never sell this car - so much space, practicality, and fuel economy for the price.
Gas mileage, interior materials quality and space, reliability. Room in the back for a rear facing carseat, but as with most compact cars it sacrifices legroom for the front passenger.
I don't really like driving it due to the lack of cruise control but that's what we get for buying the LX. Handling can be scary above 75mph, especially if it's windy. I like to drive fast and it'll still do 45mpg at 80mph.
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We've had it since it was new and now just over 30K miles. Fun car to drive. Use it as urban around town commuter car with occasional highway trips and get consistently 39-40 mpg. We are all very tall and fit fine in front seat; adults are somewhat tight in back. No mechanical issues whatsoever, so really appreciate Honda reliability.
Paddle shifters, auto-locking doors, ease of use of stereo/electronics--very intuitive, ease of reading the gauges and the range of information that is given by the gauges.
Lousy cupholders. Cheap plastic scratched near the keyhole. Needs to have keyless entry and stop/start. Stronger front headlight beams. Nav needs an update; Garman is a better buy and cheaper and more intuitive.
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This a 3rd update on our 2010 Honda Insight that we have had now for about a year in a half. It now is December 2011 and the car has 41K on it. At the 40K service, the guys found a worn out axle (left) and the drive shaft assembly was beginning to come apart (!!!!). Luckily, extended warranty covered it and in the process, they reprogrammed the IMA system and auto-stop feature and now the auto-stop engages even in sub 20 degree weather and in stop and go 5 mph traffic, something it didn't do before. The interior has held up fairly well and the stock tires are a joke; they wore out at 26K miles. But its fun to drive.... I just wish we it was better built
Auto-stop feature, IMA information display, USB audio input, stability control.
Better build quality. I know its a hybrid and the components need to be light weight to keep the scales from tipping but at least make it last 10 years without mechanical problems.
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
14 months/4000 miles! After a lifetime of German cars and much research I decided on the Insight, my first hybrid, and I don't regret that decision for a minute. My driving is probably 90% city and, of that, 95% is flat terrain. The only regular incline is the first 50' of my condo's parking garage entrance. My mpg pales in comparison to others and averages a little under 35. However, my previous car averaged about 15 so I feel I'm still way ahead of the game! Yes, the "get up 'n go" got up and went but that's part of the hybrid/higher mpg experience. I'm not picky about handling as long as the car feels safe and, for me, the Insight does. I'll re-up at the end of my lease!
fun to drive... mileage... no more "sticker shock" at the gas pump... the video game experience!... auto stop (even in a tropical climate!)... eco assist... drivers seat; lumber support hits me in exactly the right place... A/C... USB connection/easy iPod usage... fold down rear seats... low maintenance... ESC (the reason I chose the EX over the LX)
Speedometer location (biggest negative for me); it's completely obscured by the steering wheel and I can't adjust the seat high enough or low enough to see it. It should be located within the display... Major blind spots to the rear... Front cup holder location (cups easily hit the bottom of the dashboard which causes them to tilt forward)... Center console too short to comfortably rest arm... Wishes: sunroof more color choices
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The first 6 months I drove with the Econ engaged and never got more than about 52 mpg and no less than 48 mpg. I decided to turn off the Econ mode and drive normally. I have always been a very heavy user of cruise control. That and the fact that this is a small town with few lights, I am now getting 54 mpg without trying very hard. The Dunlap tires ride a bit harsh and the road noise is more than normal for a Honda. After two long trips I have found the seats to be very comfortable. I have no complaints with the sound system and use the USB port to plug in a flash memory stick with all my favorite music.
The fuel tank holds about 10 gallons and the gas gauge is so accurate that you can project the number of gallons used. The automatic temperature control does such a great job that you rarely need to change it. The cruise control will stay within one mph of the set speed when not in Econ mode. I like the placement of the instruments such as the digital speed and turn signals better than any car I have owned (about 40 in my 64 years as a licensed driver).
Occasionally the car will pulse on acceleration which I understand has been fixed on 2011s. The brakes are not consistent when the electric motor comes on to act as a generator and help braking. I would gladly give up a few mpg for a softer ride and less road noise from the tires.
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I am liking this car more as the gas prices go up. I get decent mileage. Around 45-50 on the highway, 36-40 city. Cruise control seems to use up more gas in my opinion. I've had no problems with the battery as some reviews have mentioned. My navigation disc is outdated. For some reason I have a 2007 version in my car. Honda offered to split the cost with me. It should be free for all the money the navigation system cost!! The front passenger seat is uncomfortable for a large person. This is a leased car but I think I will go with a larger car when the lease is up.
The computer, gps, and ipod radio with the controls on steering wheel. The good gas mileage which is why I got the car.
More headroom and a roomier trunk. Better gas mileage.
It gets great gas mileage. I average about 45 mpg (mostly city driving) but if you are willing to drive a little slower it could be better. I also live in Florida and constantly use a/c which effects your fuel economy. Interior ergonomics are nice and futuristic looking, with seemingly very good build quality. Seats are really comfy with super-soft fabric!
Seats! Eco-assist which coaches you to drive efficiently really works. Nice styling. Typical Honda quality, very solidly built, even fun to drive. 45+mpg with $6 a gas on the way...
Hybrid system not as refined as the Prius and doesn't get quite as good mpg, it gets the job done, but not as smooth, and has no EV mode. That said, it is much cheaper and still a great car. Also A/c shuts off when in eco mode at a stop (when engine stops).
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This is a great little car for the price. Don't take any notice of cost comparisons as the often compare it to a Honda Fit. This car is much bigger than the Fit. It's closer to the Civic. I love the instrument display which can be customized. Fuel economy is great. I do mostly stop/start town driving and still get around 40 mpg average. On long trips, I have easily managed over 50 mpg highway averaging 65 mph. Visibility is poor but that's typical of most small cars these days as they increase pillar sizes for better crash safety.
Instrument panel Climate Control Fuel Economy Customizable setting such as door locks, remote, etc. Large trunk for a small car with easy access (large hatchback door).
The speedo is on top of the dash. You can't see it with the steering wheel adjusted to the highest setting. No hook anchors for drivers floor mat. 1.3 liter engine is slightly underpowered. Needs a 1.5 liter engine. No security cover to hide items in the trunk. The body panels (aluminum, I think) seem very thin and prone to dings. You can't go in a car wash because the rubber roof rack rails come off (and scratch the paint as they do so). Scheduled maintenance is very expensive. I paid $83.85 for the first "A1" serivice @ 6284 miles and $136.81 for the next "B1" service @ 9654 miles. In comparison, I've never paid more than $100 for any service for my Toyota Matrix S with 25k miles
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) EX 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Today on Saturday morning for the third time after I bought iit n September 2010 the car not responding to anything probably again because of dead battery. When the car is running it is OK, giving me around 42 MPG after 11K miles on rush hour highway/city. However, this dead car problems are the HUGE one. Usually, it happening if you are not using the car for couple days suggesting some battery drain. First time, the battery was replaced by local Honda service dealer. Second time, despite testing they didn't find any problems. Now, after couple weeks the car again dead leaving me w/o car for the whole weekend. If anybody have suggestions that I can pass to dealers would be appreciated.
Sunroof/moonroof should be available, as well rear camera. Navigation system should be more modern, not the archaic DVD/CD-based, and include traffic info and XM/Sirius option. Hands-free link (HFL) Bluetooth is keep dissappearing after every couple weeks. Considering new state laws about cell phone usage it becoming very annoying.
The car is very econmical to operate and gets way better mileage than EPA estimate. Lifetime average fuel economy to date is 51 MPG (measured). Best tank average to date is 60 MPG (measured). The car computer over estimates mileage by 2 or 3 MPG. It gets significantly better mileage in the summer than in the winter. The 60 MPG tank average was during Aug. in Florida with slightly overinflated (40 PSI) tires on my daily 25 mile commute. I've change the oil 3 times in 25k miles. No other maintenance cost or issues to date. Honda replaced the IMA battery for free after a warning light came on when it was 2 months old. Really like the styling but they should use better interior materials. iLuvIt
Exterior styling, high mileage, low intial cost, alloy wheels, paddle shifters.
More durable and attractive interior materials. More power for owners who regulary have a car full of people/cargo and/or drive in a hilly area. The engine revs excessively to maintain speed when the carr is loaded or going up hill. The sound of the engine is not very appealing. A little bit more of electric assist would be very useful in these situations. Overall, the car does a great job doing what it was designed to do: provide economical transportation while offeriing some style in the bargain.
Just picked up car two days ago, love it already. Will have to get back to you all in a month or so to let you know about mileage. I was going to purchase , but for those who are interested, there is a great lease deal going on right now. Zero down,$210 per month, 36 months, plus a buy option. Jump on it!!! Paid a little more (223) per month for EX, but NO SALES TAX.
Looks great,climate control,paddle shifters,cool dash readings.
Haven't found any faults yet, still on our honeymoon.
I came about the 2010 Insight EX-Navi while searching for a new Honda Accord. Being in the market for a quality sedan with decent mpg and storage, I was surprised to learn that the Insight was priced so reasonably ... and had excellent storage capacity. To be honest I completely forgot about the re-release of this Honda hybrid (Prius has earned the preeminent hybrid spotlight). However, the Honda Insight deserves more than a second glance with it's svelte interior, responsive driving experience, and higher-than-stated EPA actual gas mileage. Price all of these features a minimum of $2,200 kess AND put in a Honda package you can trust and you've got a steal for a hybrid hatchback under $20k.
The mech/elec feedback via the Multi-Informational-Display (MID) and the instrument cluster is very helpful and makes for a fun driving experience. The center-set MID and cluster gives you real-time data about your driving habits that doesn't feel different from driving a regular car. This goes for performance too. I can zip in and out of traffic or sit back and save gas, the hybrid motor and CVT meshes well with real life. My actual gas mileage is above the EPA rated 40/43 which makes my financing feel even more miniscule with my gas savings. Bluetooth and voice commands work well, and when coupled with Navi I feel that I got a bargain in my automotive badge of choice. Highly recommended!
Back-up camera, at least as an option, would be nice. I purchased a reasonable aftermarket model easily. Would love to see a plug-in version to enable maximization of battery charging and further improve performance. Only major improvement I would see is marketing the vehicle better. The 2010 Insight performs so well at this price point and demands some serious consideration if you're financially forecasting for the days of $5/gal fuel.
I just got my insight and it seems to be a very good car to have. I love the econ assist light display. The car gives me all the power I need get there in. Tonight when I say my prayers I will thank God for letting me have this car.
I love the instrumentation display, and how it changes from green to blue to assist you to drive in a fuel saving way.
I guess it would be nice to have a moon roof, but I can't complain with the cool deal that they gave me on the car I got.
I really like my new Honda Insight. It is really fun to drive & I love the way I feel in the driver's seat. The only issue I have with this vehicle is that I can't get anywhere close to the advertised gas mileage when it is cold outside. The cold engine light comes on & I get about 20 mpg. Can't wait until SPRING!
dash, sporty look, comfortable driver's seat
better gas mileage in below 32 degree temps
I originally liked the idea of a cooler looking sportier Prius not made by Toyota, but buying the Insight was a very bad decision. Sure, it was fairly easy to exceed the fuel economy ratings, but in return you get a very insubstantial car and in many ways a poorly designed car. Many things on this car had me wondering if anybody at Honda even tested it for more than an afternoon. It got to the point to where the battery would recalibrate and die unpredictably, leaving you wondering if you had enough power to pull out into traffic. I found the drivetrain very jerky and unrefined, especially when starting and stopping, and it often felt as though the wheels were driven by a rubber band.
It got the advertised mileage, looks cool, that's about it.
More power, smoother, less jerky transmission, more stable highway ride, better on-center steering feel, better interior materials, smoother ride, quiet the buzzy engine, more rear headroom, improve quality throughout, fix navigation POI search bug
Well, it's been about 8 months since we purchased the car and sadly, this Honda let us down majorly. At 12K, the check engine light blared and the screen gave us a warning sign that something was wrong with the hybrid system. Took it in and it turned out that the cooling system was shot. After 4 weeks in the shop, we took it and found they didn't fix it right since the car was vibrating when the battery kicked in. Not only that but our average mileage has dropped from 45 MPG to about 37 MPG. So I think we got a lemon but Honda isn't treating us right. We paid a premium for the Hybrid and we expect it. Should have coughed the extra $1500 for the Prius.
Besides the gadgets inside, the car is basically useless now that it gets no better mileage than a regular fit or civic
Better reliability and service. I understand that lemons come now and again but Honda isn't treating us right. Its our 3rd Honda and a huge disappointment
I just bought my Insight and although I normally buy Fords, I have owned many Honda's as well, but this is my first Hybrid. I only have 500 miles on it but I wanted to write a review about this car. I fueled it for the first time yesterday, I had gone 412 miles and when the pump stopped at 8.5 gallons, I thought something was wrong. When I realized that it was full, I almost fainted. I got an amazing 48 MPG and it's not even broke in yet. One thing more, I feel good driving this car knowing I'm saving gas and the environment. Great Job Honda!
The Gadgets, dashboard, interior lighting on the dash, etc. The exterior styling is wonderful. It handles like a dream.
I wish it had just a little more power, but I understand that it needs to be like this to get the gas mileage it does. It is definitely teaching me to conserve fuel and it actually calms me down and I end up driving more conservatively.
Battery/IMA does not work as it should. Been to 5 dealerships more then 10 times just getting the run around. Honda knows they have a major issue but will or can not offer any fix. MPG is: in city about 35 and on the highway 42. You don't need to spend 8K more to get this kind of mpg it is similar to regular Civic with a msrp of 15k. The paint job is poor. Car always feels like is having a hard time to change gear and to accelerate when going up the roads. The miles I put on this car the more issues are pumping up!
first 2k miles were fun after that issues after issues with IMA and transmission!
IMA Software AC
This was a white EX with 12,000 miles. Paid $16,000 before closing cost. Am still on my original tank of gas indicating 51 mpg, which is better than I had hoped for. Am driving with the Eco lite on and trying not to accelerate too hard. Have plugged a USB flashcard in with my favorite music. Will not subscribe to the Sirius capability. I find the car fun to drive with all the power I need. Have always been a heavy user of cruise control given sufficient room in front of me.
The CVT transmission, pump up and down seat, adjustable steering wheel column.
The tires feed back a lot of road noise and the ride at slow speeds is rough. The back seat head room is very limited.
After totaling my 2003 Dodge Caravan, I looked at 5 different vehicles to replace it and ended up with an Insight. The fuel mileage is what sold me on a lease. The car has a hi tech proven power train vs. the KIA Forte which has a higher tech interior only. The ride is busy but produces good handling on cornering despite the battery weight. The main review states that the engine crankshaft keeps rotating yet often my tachometer goes to 0 at a full stop? and I just snicker that the guy next to me is burning fuel going nowhere. he he. There is some rattling going over bumps coming from the open back area. Have to take it back to be looked at.
Economy and MPG display. Exterior front and side design. Radio controls. Side air bags. Seat belt warning (because I have a habit of not wearing it).
Bigger wheels would make it sexier. Moon roof. Rear spoiler. More electric assist in low load situations to increase fuel mileage.
This car has helped me to become a more efficient and calm driver. The fuel economy you get is WAY better than EPA estimates.
Handles nicely. Mellow-looking dashboard lighting. Easy to read displays, not too busy.
I would like radio controls on the steering wheel of the EX.
I bought this car last March. I am really happy having this car in terms of fuel economy.but have to compromise in performance. it has slow accelerating capacity annoying sometimes, rest over all good , no complaints,
multi-informational display and effective dashboard that reflects the way you drive and helps to improve driving habit.
performance can be improvised .
2010 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I have had this car for just over 3 months now. This is the first Honda I have bought,I usually own toyota's. I bought this car because I have a new job that I commute 60 miles a day on the highway. Honda had a $5000 rebate on the car, and my Province was giving $2000 environmental rebate. I compared the price of the Yaris and Corolla to the insight, and once I added options like A/C,P/W, cruise, AT, etc. with the rebates the insight was cheaper. The car is great to drive, the dash and gadgets are great. I drove my wife's 2005 loaded rav4 for a week, and I missed my insight big time. This car is made so the working person can afford a hybrid, and provides great fuel economy, & it delivers.
I like the over all design inside and out. The dash is cool, I like the idea you can gauge your skills in saving fuel. The operating layout is great to adjust cruise, brightness control, ECO mode, etc. cup holders work well. Seat and Steering wheel adjustments work well (I'm short).
Map light above rear view mirror would be nice, instead of reaching in the middle of the car to turn on the light. I almost lost my outside roof molding, it was easy to reinstall. Curious I have 9000 KM (5000 miles) and I my oil check is still at 60%, Usually I change oil at 5000 KM, is this right?
I have owned over 20 cars. That one is by far the best. No rattle. Very quiet. Sub compact but drives like a mid size car. Cheaper then Prius.
The computer tells you a lt about your fuel efficiency as you are driving
Perfect as it is!
This is not a luxury car. It gets great mpg. Suspension is pretty stiff. Tires awful. I drive curvey roads and wore tires out in 20k. I got new shoes for the kid, they are new Continental ProContact with EcoPlus tires. They are awesome. I went with one size taller tire (185). 2.5% larger circumference. At 80 mph really doing 82.5 mph. Very satisfied with handling now. Motor assist is not as seamless as they advertise. My wife hates it. Car looks sharp. AC or heat works fine on average days. On very cold or very hot days you need to dress accordingly. Heating and ac is fine in any condition if you are traveling more then 10 miles. Overall I enjoy my toy. Good value
I like the heated mirrors, Ipod connection , dash board features, and automatic climate control
A little to much wind noise on interstate. I don't like when you down shift with the stick, it acts like you going from fifth to third gear. Sun-visor is cheesy.
How can US gov. can rate this hybrid gas electric at 40 mpg? I easily get 50 mpg with guidance from the built in monitors. Prius owners ask how is the mileage and have expressed that they are not happy with their mileage. I think this vehicle will be great for Teenagers as it teaches you how to drive efficiently and rewards you for doing so. The seats are completely adjustable and very comfortable. I chose this vehicle for mileage, styling, and the fact that it has 1 cubic foot more storage space in the back than the Civic.
Driving adviser monitor that shows you how you are doing and teaches and rewards you for driving more efficiently. My son loves the I-Pod connection, we do not need a USB connect.
I would like the back storage cover to be raised a couple inches, to add another cubic foot. I would like improved sun visors. I would go for even better milage, gas electric plug in. I think that all new cars should have tires that wear longer than two years or 35,000 miles.
I have had this car for a year now and I love it. My mpg has averaged 51 over 20K miles. The dash def teaches you how to drive efficiently and it is fun to try to continually improve your driving habits and mpg. I am baffled by the "official" mpg rating of 41-43, I do try to drive well but I don't do anything crazy to get my results. I have no complaints at all, I love driving this car.
fuel efficiency, dashboard display, exterior styling
gas cap lock, better rear-view visibility
After driving the Insight for a month, I am in love it it. My old car was a 99 Lexus ES300. Although going from Lexus to Honda is a step down in brand, the technology in Insight is more advance then my old Lexus. I'm 5'9" and I don't feel the car is small in the front or rear. However, I do wish the electronic system do more job, so it will get more MPG. So far, I'm doing 41 MPG combined.
Gas Mileage, The look, Shorter Body than Prius.
Bigger Battery, Bigger Electronic Motor, Bigger Gas Engine. Better Sound Isolation, Better Speaker.
I have 40,000 miles on the car now and drive 2000 to 7000 miles on trips. I would like a seat that is not so uncomfortable. But the 42 lo in town and 54 (as Hi as 57 hi) on the road is better than expected. On road trips it is always over 52 mpg. So, is it worth it? YES but comfort could improve. Also, a turbo or some additional power is needed.
Seat comfort and more engine horse power along with a style that is not so, "eco" would be real nice.
An excellent economy car overall. Many of the observations made by others are true: The motor is buzzy at high RPM. ECON mode turns it into a total slug. Forget using this mode if you live in a hilly area. I do, and I leave it turned off and shift into Sport mode almost exclusively. Even so, I'm still averaging 39 MPG. A worthy sacrifice for improved pep. Handling is good for a car with tires that skinny. The styling is pleasing and it draws positive attention from onlookers. There's a lot of hard plastic in the interior. Some slightly softer surfaces might have been nice. Predictable Honda road noise, but hey, it's a $19k car, not a Lexus. Overall, I'm very pleased.
Fuel Economy, Styling. Acceptable acceleration for a hybrid (as long as ECON mode is off.)
Radio sounds a bit tinny. Roof line impossibly low in the backseat for anyone over 5' 11". Cup holders in the front, just under the dash are spill inducers. Less hard plastic please. The less expensive Honda Fit has a more pleasing interior.
We have now driven a year. Previously had a Toyota Celica for 20 yrs. Toyota service locally had gone downhill, so looked at the Honda. More care for the money. I like the fact that the car starts from gasoline power versus the battery. You give up a couple of miles per gallon, but I like getting out of dodge from a dead stop. Auto-Stop takes some getting used - when you change the temp, you have reset Auto- Stop. Minor issue. I hope the paint holds up as well as my Toyota did.
lower the sideboards - you have to pick up your feet fairly high as you enter and exit the car to avoid hitting the interior finish. It seems to be holding up to everyone's feet scraping across the top.
I have had my Insight for almost a year. I love the lights in the inside and the cool gadgets within the car. There is just one major problem! The car completely falls apart. I can take apart ever piece of my car without any muscle used. Between the water protective rubber around the windows and car.. to the visors and handle bars within the cars. The paint job is poor and the car always feels like is having a hard time slowing down. Not the smoothest ride. The back ceiling is very low. Too low in fact.
I love the speedometer and how the lights tell you if your using gas or battery power. I do enjoy the sound system.
Make the back seats bigger, take more times to put the parts of the car together more securely.
Just filled up for the first time with my Honda Insight. 9 gallons even on 485 miles. That's nearly 53.9 MPG! I am very pleased with the mileage. I watch the iP screens like a hawk and drive to maximize my mileage. It's my new hobby and it's fun. I won't win any drag races, but when gasoline hits 4 bucks a gallon I won't care so much.
The ECON mode, all the iP windows, the GREAT gas mileage, green - blue eyebrow on the speedometer (helps keep you drive economically at a glance - keep it in the green). Mp3 disk player, iPod AUX jack and USB.
Moon roof, leather upholstery, garage door remote buttons.
My previous car was a 2007 Civic Hybrid and so the Insight was an easy transition. Our second car is a 2008 Prius which is our preferred people hauler. The Insight is much more responsive in acceleration and handling. The front seats are very supportive and the car has a firm, European feel in the steering and suspension. The engine is quiet except under hard acceleration where it gets a bit buzzy. The build quality is superb inside and out --it just feels solid. I mainly drive stop-and-go Los Angeles streets and average 44+ mpg. The Insight is hands-down more fun-to-drive than our Prius but the Toyota is capable of higher fuel efficiency. The Insight is Honda's best hybrid effort so far.
Crisp, clean exterior design with excellent styling cues from original Insight and Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Fun handling and precise steering. Supportive front seats with legroom for 6'2" driver. USB interface for MP3 flash drive/iPod. Nice blue lighting on dash.
Add steering wheel radio controls to EX (radio knob too far away for tall drivers), need higher armrest for stop-and-go traffic comfort, increase rear seat legroom, enable auto-stop more often in normal power mode, add electric A/C like Civic Hybrid and Prius, add higher quality stereo.
I just purchased this car and I love it! My only complaint is the seats- the lumbar support juts into my lower back causing extreme pain even after I get out. I've placed a small foam pillow on the seat that seems to help a tiny bit but I hope Honda figures out how to fix this issue. It seems to be a problem in other recent Honda's as well. Other than that it's a fun car to drive and I really enjoy it.
Econ mode is fun, USB is convenient, my dogs love putting their paws on the armrest to see out the front window, good stereo, good gas mileage, very quiet
Fix the seats! I hope I will adjust to them (someone said it took them 2 months to no longer have back pain). I'll stick it out since I can't return it and I have a 5 year loan. We'll see how it goes. :(
When I first drove it hated it. Needed something with good mileage. So I settled for the Insight. Best decision I've made in a long time. Have had the car for just under 6 months over 15,000 miles. Drive 120 miles round trip everyday. If you keep the cruise control at the speed limit your mileage will continue to rise. I am getting 45.3 per gallon all types of driving and it is climbing higher. Looking forward to hitting 50 MPG.
Gas mileage, HD radio. Adjustable steering column.
Blind spots, after having car washed and the trim blows off. The clip needs to be better. It is just a stud and slide clamp.
I've had my Insight for less than a month, but I drive 100 miles every weekday and I've already driven on highways, in mountains, and in NY City. I feel I can now rave about how much I love this car (and not just because my monthly gasoline bill will be half of my gas bill for the 2000 VW Golf I traded in). Others in these reviews have complained about the auto stop feature, but I'm a fan. I like the idea that my engine isn't idling for no reason when I'm sitting at a long red light. The first time it happens you might thing you have stalled, but by the second time it happens, it just seems cool.
I'm averaging 49.5 MPG over the first 2,000 miles, but I'm having fun driving this car too. I love the looks (mine is Tango Red Pearl) and the low seating position. The gauges are fun as well as informative and the interior is clean with no frills, just the way I like it.
This is the first car I've had since 1980 without a sunroof or moonroof. I'd love the option of having a hole above my head (even though it does hurt the MPG). Otherwise, it's got everything I need.
Great car except for the poor illumination of the low beam projector- beam halogen headlights especially on dark secondary roads! Recommend checking before buying; if I had, doubt if I would have bought it!
Mileage, paddles, and hatch back access to spacious level area w/fold down rear seats; great for dogs etc.
Replace low beam headlights w/any as as good as my 1993 & 1997 Accord & my 2006 CR-V!
The A/C only turns off at stop when in ECON mode. When ECON mode is off, the A/C functions at a stop. A/C is cold. Love the dash/gauges, hate the cheap plastics used on the interior. Scratch easily, very cheap. Feels like an economy car but at 20+k for the base model that's kind of lame. Almost no sound proofing, $400 optional usb connector (seriously?) They should've thrown it in. Cross country drives are a drag as the engine is low torque so you spend the gas you'd save putting your foot through the floor to climb hills.
Aesthetics, city driving experience, fuel economy(!), personality.
Tighter build quality, better interior materials and for freak's sake apply sound proofing. That's common sense. The auto volume feature is cute but shouldn't be necessary. USB connectors are not worth 400. Stop being so stingy.
This car delivers with its great gas mileage and smart designs. I am getting an average of 38 to 40 mpg/city, and 46 to 48/hwy with combined (my actual daily travel) of 44.8 to 45.7 mpg. Love the ease of use and location of controls. Tons of storage space and love the use of every nook and cranny. Only downside is location 12 v plug and could use move in cockpit area and in hatchback area. Have not found good way to mount my 80 gb creative lab mp3 player. Cup holders locations are one of the worst features. Less road noise would be a plus. Loved this Honda so much, bought a 2007 Ridgeline with 40k miles (certified pre-owned) the next day!
Love, love, love the mpg, and the bad boy looking front end. A hybrid car with tude! Love the color as well (tango red).
Better sound system even on base unit, and a sun/moon roof!
I really, really loved this car until this morning. I was waxing my car and trying to polish out what I thought was water spots. On closer inspection it was obvious that the paint was chipping in radial patterns all over the hood of my car. Worst paint job ever. Don't buy this car if you have expectations of a paint lasting over three months.
Great gas mileage.
I've owned this car for over a year, now. Get's better MPG than I expected. Have never gotten below 40MPG. Car looks good when I first bought it, other cars would irritate me by getting in front of me and slowing down, then switching lanes until I realized they were checking out my car. I have no complaints thus far. I only wonder how long the battery will last. I really love this car!
Tight handling in commuter traffic (for a compact economy car). Good MPG in gridlock. Audio sound system (w/Navigator) is pretty good.
Offer bluetooth handsfree option separate from the Navigation System. Improve the the Navigation System. (My standalone Navigator is more accurate), however the voice recognition system is pretty good. Offer a little more console storage area.
I have only had my Insight for about a week but so far I am really enjoying it. It gets really good gas mileage and I think the car is a good value for the money. I have the LX and it is not a "Luxury" vehicle by any stretch of the imagination but it is cute and comfortable. The back seat is roomy enough for normal sized adults to sit comfortably. Next time might try the EX because it has a few more whistles and bells. All in all a great car.
Rethink cup holder placement.
The Insight is extremely fun to drive. Our average MPG is also much better than the EPA report, 46-48 on every tank.
The Econ mode is like a video game that you use to better your fuel economy. Earning 5 trees is like getting a little reward from a slot machine; it keeps you coming back for more.
The exterior trim is horrific and needs to be recalled, in my opinion. The trim comes off every time we take the car through a car wash with blow dryers or when we drive in windy conditions. The trim is held on with little hooks instead of being glued down. Terrible idea, Honda!
Good hybrid car with very affordable price tag ($22K with tax!), a little slow in pick up from stop light traffic,jirky at corners, especially in "Econo" mode, suggest use "S" gear for faster and responding pick up in stop and go traffic, uphill etc (Auto stop will shut off)overall it is a good hybrid car drive in town.
Good gas mileage, quiet, good stereo system, good project head light
disc brake for rear,moon roof, stability control, better suspension
I've had my Insight EX for nearly 15 months, now. I've taken a 2,000 mile trip through the Montana Rockies in it with my son and daughter-in-law as well as driven around town on a daily basis in temperatures from over 100 to colder than -25 F. For the past 4500 miles I've averaged 44.3 mph, and I'm no hypermiler. I rode in the backseat more than half the time when traveling with my son and daughter-in-law, and had no problems with room or seat comfort. While I find the car to be quiet in most circumstances, I will admit that going up long mountain slopes tended to produce significant engine noise, but not enough to stop conversations between front and back seats. It's a good car.
Fuel economy; road-feel and handling; overall appearance.
Better cup holder/center console design. Ability to download trip data onto iPod, smart phone or laptop. (Or a USB port and continuous data recording onto a thumb drive.)
Have had the car for over a month. Mileage has been running about 42-44 commuting to work. The navigation system is not worth it, bugs and out of date database. Entered B of A, selected one a 1000 miles a way. The hybrid battery needs to be about twice the capacity, runs out of steam too soon, any grade of more then 1/4 mile, then the engine revs up, which is noisy. Road noise is not as bad as some have commented on. No XM, should be standard with Nav, can be bought as an accessory but expensive. Worst sounding stereo I have had on new car in many years. Interior materials are flimsy and cheap, push my hand against the door and the material caved in and then popped back out.
Gas mileage, better driving experience than Prius.
Standard XM w/ Navigation system along with real-time traffic. Larger hybrid battery. Remote start. Better speakers. Electric driven air conditioner, salesman lied about the AC working when the engine stops while stopped a light. Rear view camera, rear visibility is not good.
Consistent 40 mpg in the city. Leaving the econ button on helps dramatically with mileage. A/C is cold cold cold. When you put the back seats down there is a lot of room. Only real issue is that it's not very torquey, imagine that, and it's somewhat sensitive to road contour. Handles well otherwise though. Brakes are great.
I came from an SUV and needed something with better mileage. This fit the bill. Auto stop has to be the most annoying feature, tho cup holder placement is a close second. Enough power for most merging situations, but acceleration is not fast and braking is jerky thanks to auto stop. Full of safety features. Features avail on most ex cars not available here and it annoying. Flash drive for music but boo to Honda for making it an Apple only mp3 player. I'm not an Apple lemming, thanks anyway. Feedback from car is adjustable which is nice. I could do without the paddle shifters. It's now ~ 2 months old with ~ 2500 miles on it.
- Mileage. No less than 42 mpg per tank since I brought it home. - Comfy, seats, height adjustment, steering wheel adjust, climate control and speed adjusted volume. - Feedback helps you know how to adjust your driving, but some of it is unrealistic. - Flash drive kills the need to haul CDs around
- Valet Key - Tinted Windows - Features available on any other EX models... 6 disc changer, sunglasses holder, better speakers, radio controls on the steering wheel, etc - For the love of Dog, please move the cup holders. Worst. Placement. Ever. - Real person size storage. Dash is huge, use it!
I bought Insight for short-distance commute to be green and gas economical. Satisfied with gas mileage, style, and general performance. I mistakenly used Ecomode in hot summer, and it turned off the air conditioner. I changed the mode back to normal, and it worked well. Extremely economical and driver- friendly. I used to drive a Ford Explore and really enjoyed it. But Insight is worth sacrificing the road- ego. Insight has higher ground clearance than Toyota Prius. Prius always hits the front bumper when getting on and off the driveway. For the same amenities, I paid $5,000 less than a Prius. Also, Toyota dealers were hard to deal with when Toyota was hot. They played tricks and price games.
Gas mileage, reliability, look, and cargo space.
Riding quality. It rides more like an European sedan, a little hard on the behind.
I love to drive this car because it gets excellent gas mileage, the interior dashboard is exciting, the regenerative braking is easy on my foot, and I'm helping the earth by not consuming scarce resources. We are going to buy a second one and get rid of our gas hogging SUV.The Insight is my mojo.
Gas mileage, genitive braking, Ipod usb hook up, beautiful inside and out.
Better Ipod scrolling
Contrary to EPA I get 50-54 MPG on the highway and around 47 overall since purchase.
Overall appearance, MPG
Great car. Plenty of power for a hybrid. Getting great mileage 51 mpg first 150 miles
mileage, looks, handling
paddle shifters a waste of time. visor lights. longer center console.
This review is an update to my earlier review. Driving the car for over 2 months now, I can say it is the best Hybrid money can buy today. Fuel economy is impressive, second to none. Averaging over 45 miles to a gallon so far. Read a lot of negative review's on other web sites. I don't know what are these people talking about. I wouldn't be surprised if they are coming from Toyota camp. Car is an absolute pleasure to drive, you won't break your bank account buying it and monthly savings on gas purchases are enormous. Even the smallest economy box presently on the market will not deliver the MPG of Honda Insight. For under 20K you get fully loaded, roomy, good looking, very reliable car.
Fuel economy, interior features, quiet ride and last but not least - price.
"Auto Stop" feature is a little bit annoying, because it cuts of air conditioning, but luckily not the fan. Hopefully Honda will listen and reprogram the computer board. Also, since there is so much glass around tinted windows would be nice, especially with "Auto Stop" feature in its present form.
Love my Insight, running in eco mode I have been averaging 52 Mpg in combination city and highway driving and lose maybe a mile per gallon with the air conditioning on. Car is fun to drive and despite Edmund's comments I do not find the vehicle noisy on the highway. Controls are simple, stereo very nice and the usb connection great for my shuffle. Won't be disappointed with this car - believe me.
Gauges tracking your mpg and overall driving performance - keeps track of your last four trips and reports how good your are doing operating a hybrid.
Sun roof would be nice as well as heated seats but I will live without both.
I tried this car and the Toyota Prius and this car was the natural choice. It gets almost as good MPG (about 45 MPG city) and highway too. Along with the car being more fun to drive, the interior layout is actually the closest to a non-hybrid that you'll get I love the ECON system that allows you to drive more efficient and the "trophy system" with rewards. Kudos to Honda for that and the paddle shifters put some REAL fun into driving the car. One suggestion if your going to buy this car: Get the EX trim. The $1500 is worth what you get: cruise control, 15" alloys, vanity mirrors on the sun visors (Don't why those aren't standard), stability and traction control with USB con. and 6 speakers
The econ driving assist system, auto stop, paddle shifters for manual shifting, audio system w/MP3 and USB connection + 6 speakers, interior design, exterior design, bezel head lamps, and most of all, FUEL Economy!
Less noise on the highway, but other than that, its a perfect. 10x better than a prius. It's a Honda, what could go wrong?
I bought this car from first team honda because no one was buying them. I don't know why. Next door I test drove a new prius because the old ones handled oddly and they wanted over 26 thousand for one. That immediately pulled me from the prius despite their fuel-mileage. The car is fun to drive, and the fuel- mileage challenge is addicting. I am already able to achieve 42 MPG City and 52 MPG highway at 65 MPH. Sport mode with the paddle shifters works very well too. Keep the RPM low and the pedal hard and the motor will help out BIG TIME.
The controls are easy to use and the EX model is exactly everything you could want
The computer display has a tremendous amount of information. I wish I could pick my frequent display items so I don't have to scroll around while I'm driving. ALSO, the cup holders are awkward and I have no place to put my MP3 Player that wont fall out. ALSO, I wish there was lumbar adjustment.
I decided to look at hybrids when my old SUV qualified under the Cash for Clunkers program. I was attracted primarily to the Insight because of its sportier design by comparison to other hybrids I looked at. Any improvement in mileage was a leap forward from my SUV so super duper gas mileage wasn't my primary goal. I just wanted a vehicle kinder to the environment. My mpg almost exactly matched the advertised mpg of 41 city and 43 highway until I got interested in hypermiling techniques about four months ago. I'm now consistently getting 48-51 mpg (and rising) with my daily in-town commute. I've been astounded how a few minor changes in my driving habits have made so much difference.
Sporty look, smooth ride, easy to drive, helpful data available with Multi-Information Display which continues to help me improve my gas mileage.
Sun visors deep enough to completely hold up my sunshade (I live in the southwest and use a front window shade regularly)--and better marketing. Honda needs to brag more about this vehicle! And I miss the sunroof I had on my SUV.
I was driving Chevy Suburban daily for the last several years. With a recent job change, I was spending close to $500 in gas every month. That had to stop. After reading reviews on Prius and Insight, it was pretty clear that I needed Insight. Bought EX model in the middle of June 2010, and I have no regret at all and love driving it. My weekly gas bill is mere $20. Even with my monthly lease payment, I am spending less money every month. The quality is great, and the console is well thought out.
The paddle shifter for manual mode. Auto climate control
The placement of the 12VDC outlet is right in the way of the cup holder. I can't put two cups there, and charge my cell phone at the same time. The seat adjustments - because there is no tilt adjustment and I feel like I am scrunched, hurts my back and my hip.
The Insight looks great (nicer than the Prius in my opinion), generally drives well, and gets excellent fuel mileage at a cheap price. I've only been driving it for 300 miles (roughly 40%/60% city/highway) and it has already topped 42 mpg and is still climbing. It's an extremely quiet car unless you floor it (and even then...); I'm not sure why noise is such a common complaint. Overall, I am very satisfied. However, there are a number of annoyances: Auto-stop. Stop and go for any period of time will make you wish you could turn it off. You can't. Accelerating from 0 to 10 is *very* jerky. Above 10 mph it's fine. Again, awful in stop and go traffic. The hatch creates a rear blind spot.
Very efficient, looks good, usually fun to drive, quiet under normal driving, teaches you how to drive efficiently, cheap for a hybrid.
Stability control on the LX (glaring safety omission). Sacrifice a bit of drag and eliminate the blind spot in the back: safety > efficiency. Allow the driver to disable auto-stop. Make the steering tighter (relative to my prior car it understeers). Do something about the jerkiness at low speeds.
Looked at a lot of different cars like Altima, Civic, 2010 Prius, Cube, Fit, xB and finally picked the Insight. It was dealer's first Insight and got an okay deal on it with accessories. We had a snowy season here in Oklahoma and this car handled it like a dream. I can get through when most cars can't. Can't beat the value and the car is still hassle free and only maintenance I did is oil change. No squeaks like my old 06 VW Passat when hot or cold. This is my first Honda and far exceed my expectation.
Green and Blue economy LED on dashboard. Fuel Economy. Light Plastic used. Uniqueness on the road (for now)
Market it better Honda! Sun/Moonroof would be nice. Better screen on standard audio system.
So far so good! The vehicle was made for A to B commute on level ground. Much more affordable vs Prius! The best is 63 mpg driving from Anh. to Santa Monica for work. You need to follow the path of the ground on the highway, coast up hills, lightly accelerate down hills. Freeways tend to do this with the grading for water run off. I have been really surprised how reviewers don't figure this out and report it in the review. Who else is getting 60 mpg for 19k. NOBODY! The only con is big hills, the Insight dies real quick with limited power. After stopping, and going again up hill it goes to charge mode, then kicks into help mode. Why? But, remember it's not for climbing hills.
Driving 50+ miles one way to work, 110 round trip, 550 a week, and filling the tank up once! Once a week! That's right! Once for $30 bucks. Can't wait to start my new job only 10 miles from work, gas will last all month!!
Include the center arm rest you cheap guys over at Honda! Its alright . Have gotten used to it now. And Honda. Really get a better ad campaign! I could do so much better! No one even knows about it. Not to mention getting 60 mpg! Why doesn't anyone mention that. Even the reviews don't know?
I initially wrote a review on this car after only 1,000 miles, but now, about a year later, I have driven it almost 14,000 miles and still love it. I get anywhere between 45 to 62 mpg depending on conditions, weather, and speed. I've discovered that I get the best mileage when driving between 40 to 50 mph. If I get up on the highway and get my speeds up to 70 to 75 mph, the economy is not as good, but still exceeds 40 mpg. This is a great car: looks good, drives nicely, handles well, great fuel economy and fun to drive. I highly recommend a test drive of an Insight before wasting your money on a Prius or some other so called economy car.
Looks and fuel economy
LX lacks cruise control, which is occasionally an inconvenience. This should be standard on both models.
Always wanted to go green, but was never impressed by the look of the Prius. The Insight however is totally impressive, from the exterior looks to the interior layout and comfort. It is fun to drive (sporty), quiet and the fuel economy has been better than advertised. The design engineers did a great job keeping things simple yet detailed enough to provide useful formation. Honda hit a home run.
Heads-up display, sporty feel and looks (inside and out). Quiet cabin with little road noise. Comfortable seats, handling and feel.
More powerful stereo.
I got mine for 2 months already. Love the fuel economy. I was able to do avg of 50 mpg, compare to my previous rav4, I do average of 60-70 miles daily to work. I should save $1000 per year on gas, nice small vacation trip with that saving. The car is good as transportation to work, but don't expect to do any racing with it, since the horse power on this car is very small. Love the car.
definitely saving gas
could improve on the expanding the back seat area. Seats cushions could add the features of moving up/down for the heights. could get a touch bigger on glove compartment
Very low depreciation makes lease payments as low as much cheaper entry level vehicles. Build quality is better then other cars under $20k but still needs improvement. The rubber weather strip molding along the roof keep falling off. The body panels seem to be very delicate. Just stare at them and they'll get a ding. I feel like it won't age well. The paint finish is just OK. I noticed several imperfections while waxing it. The interior is nice but again, doesn't seem to be hard wearing. The Auto Stop is annoying and despite the many custom settings in the computer, it cannot be disabled. Steering wheel blocks the view of the digital speedo.
Custom setups for door locks, display, trip computer, etc. Excellent fuel economy. Good instrumentation teaches you to drive efficiently. Good size trunk for a small car.
Needs a setting to disable "AutoStop". iPod connector should be standard equipment. Security cover in trunk should be standard. General overall quality needs improvement. Wheel covers seem really cheap. Can't see the speedo unless I raise the seat or lower the steering wheel uncomfortably.
I have only had the car for about 5 wks. She is very nimble and fun to drive.well built, great on gas.The dash layout is good and the info display keeps you informed. Once I figured out that the car is smarter then me, I just enjoy.
gas mileage, overall handling
The multi info display could be a lot easier to operate. [change settings]
I decided I wanted a commuter car to save on gas and reduce my contribution to pollution. I was first attracted to the InSight's look. Although it has a Prius shape it definitely looks more sporty to me. I realized I was buying a small car so wasn't overly concerned about the space in the back seats. Also, my Insight seems very quiet on the road even on the highway so not sure why some of the reviews say stuff about noise.
Like the ECON and feedback driving feature. Feels like playing a video game.
My initial attitude toward this car was less than enthusiastic, its EPA estimates are 10 mpg less than the Prius and only 10 more than the Fit. However, after driving the Insight a couple of thousand miles and averaging 49.7 mpg, it is apparent that the EPA estimates on the insight are much too conservative. I can easily get 60+ mpg around town if I pay close attention to the innovative fuel economy indicators on the Insight's dash. Its more fun to drive than the Prius, gets much better mileage than the EPA estimates, and is around $6,000 less expensive. Undoubtedly, this is the best value new car that can be bought.
When I drive this car, I not only feel like I am saving money, but I feel like I am contributing to the environment. The digital climate control, halogen headlamps, mp3/usb/ipod interfacing stereo, are all features that are really impressive, especially for the price of the car.
The Insight accelerate well enough for all practical purposes, but don't expect to feel the G-Forces of F16 getting the slingshot off an aircraft carrier.
I have driven in all 4 seasons and commute 75% highway miles. I am seeing > 50 MPG in summer, dropping to 46-47 during freezing weather. Max 1 tank average was 56 MPG. I live in the North East and don't see extreme lows or highs. I do have moderate hills to negotiate on my commute. Hwy speeds are typically 65-70 MPH. I do pay attention to acceleration but will blend with traffic as far as speed. I don't run AC or Defrost much (only at cruse speeds). I am outperforming the econo mode. It was useful for learning to drive conservatively but I have not used it for 6 months.
MP3 input to the stereo, and the econo displays that helps me control my foot. The range display is also very helpful, I routinely run down to < 10 miles before filling up.
I would like to see a trip fuel consumption reading(in gallons).
Test drove Prius and Honda Insight. Honda Insight won hands down. Truly fun to drive, quiet interior, plenty of power and of course excellent mileage. Driving Prius felt like being in the virtual arcade car. Honda Insight EX is priced thousand of dollars less than Prius II and comes fully loaded. Only extra option is navigation and blue tooth. Easily obtained at the fraction of the cost on the outside Hybrids will not break any speed records but if you're looking for excellent high millage family car Honda Insight is it. Honda Job Well Done!
Millage, interior design, responsive handling, intuitive but simple displays. Cargo space. Very quiet, comfortable ride. Pricing.
Dealer should include carpet mats and cargo cover. Expensive dealer add on.
I've read numerous ratings and comments about the Insight and I find that it's hard to believe they're talking about the same car I've owned for a year now. My Insight has never gotten lower than 42 MPG and then only in sub-zero weather. In normal weather I always get 45, 46 or 47 mpg and that's after I do the math, which is just below the instrumentation's estimates. I also have a Prius for nearly four years, and the Prius is slightly faster, but the instrumentation is not as concise, but the Prius is now older than the Insight. The Insight is solidly built, and get's mpg greater than ratings which have been publicized.
Favorite features is the mpg, the instrumentation, the ride and the quietness, all which has been downplayed by Car and Driver and others. Don't know where they're info is coming from, but is simply not true with my vehicle. Amazing what 46 mpg does for your disposable income!
Just slightly more spunk from a standing start. It's not slow, but it's not quite as perky as the Prius I have. However, it is not dramatic.
I recently took advantage of the great lease deals at Honda with a 36 month Insight lease. I traded in my not-too- old Mazda 3 and am very happy I did. In my first week of ownership, with the assist of the Econ mode and the computer showing me how to drive efficiently, I am averaging about 47 mpg, about 80% highway driving. Now my mundane drive to work has become just a small contribution to the environment.
Econ Mode and Driving Computer.
Not much to improve. Would appreciate better console night lighting of radio and hvac controls.
Amazing. After six months, still haven't seen another Insight on Montreal roads or in huge mall parking lots. If people only knew how much fun this little hatchback is. Zippy, especially under hard acceleration, silky smooth engine, balanced and grounded like a Go-Kart, bright and spacious cabin - what's not to like? And, no, it doesn't look like a Prius. Sure, its form might be similar, just like my form is similar to Tom Cruise's. It's the nuances that make all the difference, and they're considerable.
Just the non-claustrophobic feeling when you sit behind the wheel. And the way the car handles - like one of those zippy bumping cars you see at amusement parks. Those cars don't go fast but they sure FEEL fast.
Better radio, storage cover as part of the package.
Just over 1100 miles-averaging 47 mpg in a 70/30 highway/city mix. Much quieter than my 2003 Jetta TDI. I cruise @ 65 mph on the highway-impressive economy,reasonable pick-up, fun to drive. Drivers seat is excellent. Well finished. Smoother than the TDI. Lacks the incredible road feel of the VW, but has its own distinct quality-not as direct/secure, but very confident. Was going to buy a Prius(a much more sophisticated engineering marvel), but did not like being insulated from the driving experience.
Fuel consumption. Quality. Systems(audio/nav/hands free). Brakes, steering, gas pedal feel 'natural'- something the Prius doesn't have.
Bigger wheels/tires(sacrifice economy). Sunroof. Manual trans. Option for plug-in. A little more back seat leg and head room. Power seats.
Just filled up for the first time-better than 44 mpg (actual) since new 370 miles). My other car is a 2003 Jetta TDI. The Insight is different-it lacks the outstanding road feel of the VW, but is much smoother and less noisy. Fun to drive, great gadgetry (nav with bluetooth link). Decent road feel and handling.
Quiet. Smooth. Excellent fit/finish. Front seats. Cargo hold.
A little more rear headroom. HID headlights. Defeat switch for auto-stop.
Always wanted a hybrid, by default that meant the Prius. Test drove both in one day (within an hour-highly recommend). Insight surprised spouse and me--we both loved it WAY more than Prius. Very easy and user friendly displays, love the instant MPG color feedback. Very good pick-up, can zip around quickly, never guess it's a hybrid. I leave it in Eco Mode all the time. Start/stop driving: I get ~43- 45 mpg with regular driving style, 49- 50 with some effort to "green" my driving style :) On the highway up to 55 mpg with little effort. I LOVE this car. Never thought I'd like anything better than my 2003 Jetta. But I DO!
Instant MPG feedback (helps with training your driving style), automatic climate control, hatchback, very roomy, son can strap himself into car seat since buckle protrudes nicely.
Heated and electric seats, vanity mirror lights, larger armrest/console, leather option, more high-end features.
Perfect car for commuter and/or run-about-towners. Handling makes up for lack of acceleration and 45+mpg makes up for everything else. Very up-market exterior styling blows away Prius plus one can stop the car when one wants!
MPG, Computer readout showing how you economically you are driving.
Wider cabin with more insulation against road noise.
I've had my Insight EX for ten months and still find it fun to drive, easy on gas, generally well-designed and (annoyingly) still regularly mistaken by friends, colleagues and the general public for a Prius. I've put 5500 miles on it and averaged just under 44 mpg. (I live on the hilly end of town, make multiple short trips every week, and live in a cold climate (it never got above freezing all February) so have many factors lowering realized mpg. I have gotten as high as 48.5 mpg for 300+ mile trips on the interstate. I test drove the 2010 Prius as well as the Civic hybrid. Both are fine cars, but the Insight was best for me.
Instrument cluster, performance (combo of mileage, handling, acceleration and braking), real-time readout of gas mileage (helps the driver learn to maximize fuel economy and actually "see" the impact of rabbit starts, hard braking, etc.)
Cup holders in center console are awkwardly placed and cramped. Front headrests have an uncomfortable angle for me (5'8"). Floor mats and cargo cover should be standard, not dealer options.
Simply outstanding Green Machine. Fuel economy (45 mph average) is 47 with heat/AC on, and over 50 with heat/AC off! Good acceleration and excellent response. Couldn't be happier. Why pay more for a Prius and get less?
Real-time fuel economy feedback. Excellent response in and around town. Good performance on highway.
Rear hatch partially obscures visibility of following traffic.
The car does nothing to clue you in that you are driving a hybrid except shut down when you stop and return excellent mpg. I have gotten from 40 to 62 mpg on trips and of course the cold start, short trips get the lowest and the under 55 mph longer trips get the best. If you go 70 mph on the highway you will get better mpg with the econ mode off. As for the paddle shifters I have not made use of them except on a trip through the Great Smoky mountains. I would downshift to keep the car from running away on the long downward grades, otherwise I would have worn the brakes out because the regenerative braking was not working because the battery was charged to the max due to the downward grade.
Handling, heated side mirrors, speed sensitive radio volume, mpg
HID headlights (which I added), a little smoother suspension
Have enjoyed getting to know my Insight having driven for it almost a year now. Mileage is terrific - colder weather was around 40 mpg and with weather warming up i am now getting 44-45. can't beat that. headlights could be improved - needs broader area of light. also the split back window, while a beautiful design, is a little odd for seeing out back and backing up. overall, a great car with a great ride. the added leather interior is a nice upgrade!
We liked our insight so much that my wife bought one for herself. We both get more than the EPA mileage estimate. The car is fun and easy to drive. We can fit four adults easily and there has been no complaint of lack of headroom in the rear. We look forward to the hybrid fit as we would like to have a small SUV that gets great gas mileage.
mileage, easy to drive, looks good, well equipped for the price.
Lack of comfort on long drives. Doors occasionally do not automatically unlock. Rough engine transition from off mode to idle at red lights.
46 MPG so far, mostly city with limited freeway driving. Nice standard equipment, except lacking 4 wheel disc brakes, stability and traction control. These are no big deal, as far as I'm concerned; I bought for the great lease deal and MPG. Very happy with the car; great economy, comfortable, decent sound, etc.
The digital display is great for hypermiling.
Center armrest on LX trim.
Have driven 7,000 miles. Insight is well built and has the tight suspension of a sports car. Not plush but a fun car to drive. Mileage is excellent at 42-53 mpg. Impressive technology with good information display.
I fell in love with the overall car and its price made it affordable. Presently not driving that much, and with the cold weather only getting about 37.6 mpg. However, I have been told that during the Spring/Fall mileage goes up dramatically with the temperature. So far, so good.
I like the way it couches on fuel economy. The heating system is good to as it is set to a temperature, not needing constant adjustment.
Cold weather performance.
The MPG is better than EPAed in most of my driving conditions. The feedback the the car provides really helps to max the mpg. Fast starts like I used to do in the Del Sol does eat into the mpg. But fast starts in any car do the same. I achieve over 50 twice and 48 mpg over 170 mi hwy trip with cruse set to 67. Handling is wonderful!
Love still having a tech and the paddle shifters are cool but not used much (looking for mpg not speed). The comfort, handling are great. Can zoom thru Gaviato Pass on the 101 (fun I can't resist unless the CHP are there). Looks are great (imo) and got the fog-lights for fun and sportiness.
Some may want better head room in the backseat.
I chose the insight since I couldnt see myself in a prius. I drove an 2007 BMW M5 that gave me mechanical problems and bad gas. I was looking for greatest gas mileage plus prestige that only came with a hybrid like prius- Insight was just the car. In CA-it was great since it's warm. No need for heating. Drove to seattle for $80 in gas. Now, I am averaging 34-36MPG- not happy with these #'s. I have to remind myself I bought it for the distinction, otherwise I should have spend less on a civic.
I like the simplicity of the car. the fact its a car with hybrid tech not like the prius- too many gadgets and way to pricey.
fix the cold weather issue with hybrid technology. Rear view mirror should be a little bigger.Add leather and more features..
We ordered it in late July and it came in late Sept. We love it . I do have to watch me head getting as I am tall ,but it is very comfortable it has good pickup in traffic .we get great mileage in mid 40's a gallon consistent and better depending on circumstances. I love the way it keeps track of how you are doing for fuel usage.It also does great in the snow. in short WE LOVE IT .
Navigation , and how it keeps track of mileage and your performance
a Little more head room in getting the car
My honda has 4300 miles on it now. I went to change the oil and dealer said not to change until the car told me to. I could possible get 8000 miles before oil change wow. Went from LasVegas to Knott's Berry farm California at 75 m.p.h.It took 5 Gallons of gas. my daughter and I had a great time in the insight a little uncomfortable after 4 hours on the road. The nave system was great! Would like to see gas cap lock instead of pushing on it to open it. this way nobody can get to your tank. All around nice car so far.
I like the instrument panel the Led read out is Way cool. the shift pedals are great.
Make cup holders bigger and the center counsel bigger with lock. Sell with floor mats I had to fight to get mine almost a deal breaker. should be one warranty on batterys 10 years in some states and 8 in others. Add rear disc brakes instead of drums.would like to play any mp3 player on car stereo...
Economical. That's what the car is. It give great mileage and driving is smooth and easy. Though like the other reviews, power and acceleration needs improvement. Going up on an incline is pretty hard. It takes a while for the car to speed up. Though, I may say this "deficiency" had made me a "more lawful" driver. I got the EX with Navi and I would have to say that adding extra to get the top of the line of this model is worth it rather than spending the same amount on other standard hybrid models. I would also like to add that I had my seat covers changed to leather for no additional cost. I know this feature is not offered but my dealership did so as requested. ;)
USB cable, multi information display
improve acceleration; bigger back seat; bigger right arm rest
Just got mine a few days ago. They made me a great deal. I was fortunate to get the EX with Navigation. The nav system is fun to use, especially when it doesn't understand what you are saying. Maybe I should try Japanese. The gas mileage has exceeded our expectations. It is fun to drive and looks good. I hope Honda is as good as their reputation.
Dashboard, gas mileage, style, price.
Smoother transition from engine off to engine on when stopped at a traffic light. More convenient placement of front cup holders. Include floormats and XM radio in MSRP
After about 6 months of driving the Insight on my 40 mile daily commute I'm very pleased with car's style and performance. After 8k miles I've gotten 53 (indicated) and 50 (measured) MPG as my lifetime to date fuel economy. I keep my tire pressure at 40 psi and drive fairly conservatively and the car has really rewarded me with impressive fuel economy. I'm currently using about half the gas I was using with my previous ride which was a '01 Focus ZX3. Aside from fuel economy I think the car is the most attractive high mileage car on the market. It has a sleek, futuristic look and comes with great looking wheels for an entry level hybrid. BTW, I'm 5'-10" and I fit in the back seat just fine.
Attractive exterior and interior design. Responds well to simple high mileage driving techniques. The paddle shifters allow you to have some variety in your driving style when you get bored with the CVT. The Insight's modern minimalist vibe makes is very appealing. Price. Great wheels for the money.
Better quality plastics and more durable fabrics in the interior. Include floor mats! Honda should fix the problem with the car auto starting when you put it in park in your driveway and install the fix on all the cars they've already sold. A larger color screen for displaying system information.
This is my first hybrid purchase and i did not know what to expect, so I did a lot of research before I set to the dealership to purchase one. Most reviews are accurate, Honda Insight is one car to fall in love with, it is very interactive, fun to drive and most importantly, fuel-efficient. The fact that it is less expensive than the leading hybrid car of its kind makes it more appealing to budget- conscious people like me. I do not regret getting the EX with Navi although that cost me a couple thousand more. It gives the Insight more features than simple navigation alone.
Econ button, VSA/traction (good in cornering and driving in snow), paddle shift option (which I find useful especially on uphill and downhill driving), hands-free operation with the Navi, automatic climate control, anti-theft/immobilizer, and over-all look (nice exterior and interior)
Faster acceleration from stops without compromising fuel efficiency, smoother ride, inclusion of floor mats and better rearview.
To me, this car exceeds advertised expectations which is unique in today's world. 95% of my driving is in the city and I easily get in excess of 45 mpg. I am surprised after reading some of the more recent reviews, that no one seems to mention the paddle shifters. This is a real innovation in my opinion. Not only does Honda allow you to drive in the most economic mode possible, but when you need some extra acceleration (such as an on-ramp to an interstate), you can REALLY make this car go. It feels just like driving a stick shift without the need for a clutch. Naturally, this will not get you the best mileage, but for those situations when you need some added boost, it is there.
Stereo system; paddle shifters; mpg feedback gauges.
If you stay in the Eco mode, the gas engine will stop when you are stopped or almost stopped. This is aggravating when parking in your garage or something similar, since the engine will quit and then start up again when the shift gear is moved to Park.
I drove a 2010 Prius before I purchased this car. The Prius is bigger and does not handle as well. Also, noise seemed to be more intrusive. I have consistently achieved mileage above 40 without trying. The car structure is tight and strong giving a very secure feeling as you drive. To sum it up, the various components of this car work well together leading you to the realization that a great deal of thought and engineering went into the design of this car.
1. radio with usb port. 2. quick steering response. 3. excellent braking.
1. leather interior. 2. cup holder closer to the driver. 3. rear disc brakes. 4. slightly bigger electric motor.
Car has performed flawlessly - I have averaged 48.1 mpg on combined city/hwy driving which surprised me as the car is only rated at 40 city / 43 hwy.
MPG Interior layout
More color selection
I drove both and hands down the Insight drove better and was more responsive than the Prius. Very enjoyable ride in the hybrid era. I really enjoy the way that the car encourages you to drive with efficiency. The stereo rocks and the car is smooth and sleek. Nice to have a car that stands out and has a great look, especially the front and rear design. I am very happy with the decision to buy this car!
EX Model is the way to go. All options are outstanding and at your fingertips.
Tinted windows standard, stereo controls on steering wheel.
Researched 2010 Insight heavily. Test drove several times here in Colorado. Test drove Civic. Replacing my 97 Civic HX wasn't easy but the Insight exceeds my expectations. Styling is superb and high end. Comfort is excellent for average height like myself. MPG already coming in high 40s, low 50s. Drove in snow second day of ownership today and handled great. Cons by many people are not typical of a superbly designed hybrid, so don't expect big power. Plastic? Nothing wrong with the interior plastic, it is light and saves on weight. I do agree mats should come standard, but overall the Insight EX is a beautiful vehicle, my 3rd Honda. I will keep for many years!
Comfort, style, MPG for sure, sound in EX is excellent, back seat room is better than some say. Cargo room is also more practical than Prius, just look at them side by side. Dashboard design is stunning and functional. Nice and quiet ride. This car beats Prius in my book!
Mats should be included. Wish console was a tad higher, but seat vertical adjustment compensates. Just not much to complain about!
Terrific car! Get 42mpg in our town that has stoplights on every corner! Engine shutdown feature was designed for this type of fuel mileage-robbing situations. On a recent 675 mile trip at 70 mph, we got 46 mpg. Yeah, the Prius does better, but for about $ 4000 more comparably equipped. My wife loves this car! Our dealership gave us an excellent deal, even discounting off sticker in May, one month after model introduction and giving us book value on our trade-in. We are very pleased with our first Honda!
Fun to drive, fuel mileage, cargo space, and sharp styling.
Needs a sunroof option.
I've never owned a new car, and also didn't think I'd really be able to afford a hybrid anytime soon. However, the Honda Insight is a very comfortable and response gas-saver, and the features are incredibly well done. This is a very affordable ride for your normal commuter, and in going through my 90+ miles/day, I have to say the 2010 Insight is fantastic.
Econ mode, body shape/style, pricing out the door, handling/driving feel, fuel economy.
Little more horsepower, but otherwise a very complete package.
Such excellent mileage. I get easily 47 MPG in city and freeway combined. Price over mileage is excellent.
Navigation, Bluetooth, Price I paid i.e. 25000 ODO with all taxes and accessories.
I like this car. But it is such a lightweight that plastic on left hand side makes noise on bumpy ride. I showed it to dealership. They fixed it. But it again started making noise after two days. Also power on acceleration is not good. It is not able to drive fast enough on hilly roads. It starts charging battery on the middle of the hilly roads, rather than waiting for a while. That makes car's power stink.
Exterior looking, interior digital speedometer display, affordable price, etc.
Improve plastic quality and make the vehicle sturdy rather than extremely lightweight. Also please improve the power on acceleration, especially for a person who does hilly road drives such as California.
The driving experience is very engaging thanks to a well designed informative display, and crisp responsive handling. If you are transitioning from a manual, the paddle shifters, tach and detailed display make driving just as interesting. Eco feedback is a good feature, 48 MPG so far after 500 miles of an even mix of highway/city. CVT shifting is smooth and braking is natural. Seats are comfortable and inner room is great for a car of its size, 5'10 friend could sit comfortably in rear. For me this car beat the Prius on style, interior design and the peppy driving feel, the lower price was just a bonus.
Styling, handling, dash display with ECO feedback, interior design and comfort, paddle shifters (OK I know it's a CVT but they are fun), turning radius is excellent.
More power in hybrid system to allow for electric only start. Floor mats and side moulding not standard, remember to bargain for these at dealer. Engine does not stay stopped at lights under certain conditions, and starts when shifted to park, this should be improved.
Thousands less than the Prius and comparable mpg. Plus, it seems like everybody and their brother drives a Prius these days! I like having a car that's not ubiquitous. It's fun to drive, and I am getting around 50 mpg. I am very happy with my Insight!
Dash display. Feedback while driving. Sporty feel.
Armrest on LX.
I really didn't believe the MPG promises made by the dealership, but I wasn't concerned because I knew it would be better than my trade in. In econo mode, I'm getting about 46 MPG on surface streets! That is mind boggling! I routinely get about 50 on my commute which is a mix of freeway and surface streets. I do turn the econo mode off during the hot AZ summers and the mileage is still really good, probably about 45 MPG on my commute. The performance is great. I can pass when I need to pass, accelerate to get on the freeway. I also store a surprising amount of cargo in the back, with the seats folded down.
Love the driving efficiency feedback display. The USB jack inside the arm rest, which is really cool! (Yes, it is in the LX model)
Floor mats for the LX model and a beefier speaker system.
Traded a 2003 Ford Crown Vic in and got this car for my 40+mi commute. It does exactly what Honda says it will, provide excellent fuel economy economically! I can make my commute 4 days on a single tank (80mi per day, RT) where my Crown Vic needed to refuel everyday. Get Cruise Control, as maintaining the car's delicate sense of "good" vs "bad" fuel economy is a challenge if you're using your foot only!
Entire dashboard HUD display is very informative, roomy.
Cruise Control standard (for fuel economy), slightly better sound- proofing.
Just took delivery of my Honda Insight. It has surprised me in that the ride is comfortable and the road noise is non factor. The fuel mileage is tracked by the computer and registers 52.4 miles per gallon. I have yet to fill up the tank from delivery. Driven 400 miles. It has opened up my eyes in driving to conserve fuel. Great car for going back and forth to work.
The IPOD USB connection. The ECO system that trains you how to drive to conserve. The fuel economy is much more than advertised!!!
Floor mats, and take the back window distraction out so it is a clear view.
Traded my beloved Wrangler for practicality and economy. Excellent handling. Great commute vehicle. Excellent value for the price. Actual fuel economy around 48 mpg.
Fuel economy. Steering wheel controls. Economy mode.
Navi clunky and display lacking compared with GPS units like Garmin. Voice control functions too limited for audio.
I used to drive a 300hp Subaru loved that car but I was spending $200 a month on fuel, so I decided to buy me a hybrid to save some $, well now fuel costs me $80, can't beat that. I have no regrets, I love the car design, build quality, it's all great. Performance-wise I mean come on it's a hybrid I did not expect a race car perf. The car is great at saving money, I know some people say that they are getting 56mpg but in reality you will most likely see more like 44mpg, my best was 45mpg at average speed of 70mph, although computer said I did 49mpg. The one thing about my Insight that I love is that it's not a Prius. I saw one Insight so far and I live in Chicago area. Love my Insight.
Fuel economy, design. It's not a Prius.
Cruise control on LX model please, come on Honda.
Fun to drive. Love the GPS, hands free cell phone, and I-Pod features. Display panel excellent. I couldn't be happier with my choice! Quiet - little road noise. Very solid.
Gas mileage and hatchback.
Leather seat option.
I have owned my 2010 Honda Insight for about three months now. What a great car! I have been averaging 49.4 mpg. They need to redo the gov't estimate. I would buy this car over the Prius any day. The car tells you how to drive more efficiently, great feedback.
Econ System. Great MPG!!!
Replace the inside plastic material with better material. Give the car some more horsepower.
Other reviewers have covered the vehicle design and overall performance thoroughly, so I will only say that the build quality and design have lived up to my expectations. What impressed me most is the MPG!I have driven approximately 3k miles to date, with the majority being city miles. My mileage has been consistently around 45 mpg, which is better than Honda advertises. Only in the last two weeks have I had a chance to do any serious amount of freeway mileage, and let me tell you, this is where the car shines! On a 250 mile trip in the flat central valley of California I ended up with 54 MPG! Tonight I returned from a 460 mile trip over the Sierra Nevada on one tank with gas to spare.
The fuel economy is fantastic! I have yet to take it out of economy mode. During climbs of high mountain passes the power was quite reasonable considering what this is: a 1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid. You will not pass many cars on the climbs, but I had no issues passing trucks.
Floor mats should be standard on all models, not just the EX. Although the AUX jack works fine with my iPhone, a USB jack would be a nice addition on the LX.
Read a ton of stuff before I ran out and got one. Paid invoice and am getting $3,000 back from work. I got a $22,000 car for $17,000. I love it. I've seen many comparisons to the Prius. I skipped the Prius because it was so expensive. People who complain it's not quick miss the point. I am amazed at the technology it comes with. Traction control? Climate control? LED lights? Paddle shifters? I am getting close to 50 mpg. Typical (excellent) fit / finish for a Honda.
It's a hybrid! 50 mpg. IMA. Climate control. Traction control. The heads-up display you can scroll through. Seeing a $30,000 Prius and knowing my car is better. Paddle shifters.
Floor mats! Cargo cover. Cheaper GPS.
We have put over 700 miles on this car in the first two weeks and it's a perfect fit for my wife. She is a 'slow and steady' driver who is also fuel conscious and so all the gas-saving features are right up her alley and I have to admit I have become a more fuel-efficient driver with the constant reminders. I was surprised to read so many negative media reviews about this car, we find it a perfect commuter and errand running complement to our beloved 2004 Honda Pilot (which still can move all the cargo and dogs around). This will be a perfect car to pass to one of our daughters for college commuting in five years or so.
'Eco' feature (we use it 100% of the time), iPod connection, exterior design, short turning radius.
Audio controls on steering wheel, better rear visibility, less rattle on the hill climbs, rear hatch floor is a cheap cardboard abomination.