The Sound of Silence - 2010 Honda Insight EX Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Honda Insight Long Term Road Test

2010 Honda Insight EX: The Sound of Silence

December 28, 2009

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So I'm driving a Toyota Corolla rental car over the holiday and when it comes to a stop at a light, it's so quiet that I think the engine has stopped. But because I've been driving the Honda Insight lately, I think this is normal.

And then I realize that it will indeed soon be normal, as simple stop/start mechanisms are already starting to appear on all manner of European and Japanese cars. They represent the most cost-effective strategy to get a big jump in air emissions reduction and fuel efficiency improvement. Americans have always disdained these so-called mild hybrids, but there's no doubt that they're on the way here.

Soon even a Chevy Camaro SS will be silent at stoplights.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 10,804 miles


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