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2010 Honda Insight Long Term Road Test

2010 Honda Insight EX: Requires Patience

July 16, 2009

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As managing editor, my life is all about deadlines and schedules. Driving the Honda Insight in traffic while trying to make a morning meeting, well, it was just too slow for me.

To be fair to the car, if I didn't have time constraints and I was just running errands, I wouldn't mind so much. Its looks don't bother me and I found it to be fairly comfortable. But I had to be somewhere.

Any time of day, driving through L.A. is like going through an obstacle course. To make any progress you need a car that can respond quickly. You need action when you put your foot down.

But driving to work that morning was like one of those dreams where you are trying to run and you can't get anywhere. It was like trying to walk sideways through the ocean.

OK, I'm being a drama queen, but I was getting passed by Priuses!

I kept thinking of the lyrics to the Go-Go's song "stuck in my car, trying to get to you, stuck in my car, nothing I can do, turn the radio up, and scream along." The world was spinning and I was standing still.

You get a little more oomph with the Econ button off, but then, what's the point, right?

I'm not earning very many leaves.

I'll have to take this car over a weekend so I can explore its many features without a deadline.

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Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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