2010 Honda Insight: Packing Up and Packing In
November 13, 2009
OK, I'm back from my six-day trip to Morro Bay and Berkeley and ready to talk. First thing: No one should buy the Insight as a road trip car.
But if you're considering the Insight as a commuter car, and it will be the only vehicle at your disposal for an occasional road trip, you will survive, even if you have a kid under 4. Probably.
Packing It Up
We packed light, because 1) we underestimated what the Insight could handle and 2) my husband tends to freak out if the luggage we take on a trip exceeds a set point on his internal luggage tolerance meter. So we left the stroller and the aerobed at home. (NB: We could have fit both, if necessary. We ended up regretting not having the stroller for our day trips into San Francisco.)
Here's what we packed into the 15.9-cubic-foot trunk space: two carry-on size suitcases, one extra large diaper bag doubling as a suitcase for the 3-year-old, one canvas grocery bag with dry groceries, one medium sized soft-sided cooler, one extra-large tote bag, one small camera bag, one gallon-sized water bottle, one heart-shaped backpack filled with fluffy pink animals and blankies and fairy dolls, and one toddler-sized comforter and pillow combination. There was vertical room to spare, but piling anything else on there would have definitely eaten into rear visibility. And at pitstops and lunch breaks, we wished we had a cargo cover.
Packing Us In
Since we had only one rear passenger (strapped into her child seat in the passenger-side outboard seat), there was plenty of room in the back seat for all the kid's toys and road trip distraction devices. With two kids back there, it would have been a LOT tighter. Hubby and I took turns sitting in back with her and observed that we would have liked a center armrest.
We were staying with family in Berkeley, and decided to drive to dinner one night, but didn't want to take two cars. So all four adults piled into the Insight without moving the child seat from its outboard location (with kid in her seat. she's gotta eat, too). As I am narrow-of-frame, I was the one squished into the rear middle seat. It was tolerable for a short drive to the restaurant and back, but I wouldn't have wanted to go much farther. For the rest of the in-town driving, we moved the Recaro car seat into the rear center position of our relatives' new Honda Fit and everyone was happier.
Stay tuned for fuel economy, road noise and performance on inclines in my next post.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com