This is my second review after one year. I'm averaging 48-49 mpg but routinely get 60+ during ideal conditions. To get the most out of the Insight you need to drive it correctly otherwise you will be disappointed. The Insight is a very efficient conventional automobile with hybrid assist. It is very affordable being less complicated than the Prius. As an engineer I find the Insight brillaintly simple while the Prius is more a technological feat. Note that if climate control is in auto the engine will start as necessary at stoplights to maintain the desired temperature. This has been incorrectly reported in a number of reviews. No problems and I would buy again without reservation.
Fun to drive, excellent gas milage, very affordable, less is more hybrid approach, feels more sporty than the Prius. Excellent crash protection as I was rear ended by a loaded dumptruck and although at low speed the rear bumper fully compressed and popped back out without any structural damage and only minor damage to the bottom of hatchback door. The police and the repair shop could not believe it. I felt only a hard shove but no jolt and no neck injury.
Offer a less expensive navigation package and a leather seat option.
The Insight is a essentially a super efficient fwd conventional automobile. The hybrid system is a small DC motor/generator is wound around the output shaft of the engine and provides power for acceleration and recharges the battery when coasting. Streamlined and somewhat narrow, big and unusually tall folks will not be comfortable. Soccer moms will find the hatchback storage too small. The interior is crisp and functional but upscale buyers will likely opt for something more sophisticated. The Insight is capable of 50+mpg but hyper milers will want more. For me, it is a brilliantly simple design that is affordable, economical, beautiful and a pleasure to drive.
Cool factor, easy and satisfying to drive, good handling, aero design, crosswind stability, simple, economical, unique, fun, a HONDA masterpiece
Insights can be elusive so the supply of cars needs to be increased for better selection.
I recently purchased a Black Insight EX with Navi after careful comparison with the Prius. I concluded that the Insight is a much better value, ($10,000 less than top of the line Prius, although it doesn't offer quite as many options) and is much more enjoyable to drive. I purchased this as a commuter car (60 mile round trip to work) and for running errands. I consistently avg 45mpg (calculated by fuel up to miles driven). Overall I am very pleased with this vehicle and believe it would have see better sales if it was marketed better. Also, contrary to Edmunds review this car is capable of electric only operation although in very limited circumstances (flat level ground under 25 mph).
Excellent fuel economy, very fun to drive (Paddle shifters are great and really assist with passing & merging onto highway). Love the utility provided by hatchback with fold flat rear seats.
Better placement of front seat cupholders, addition of a fold down center armrest in back seat, increase back seat and cargo area space and include some type of cargo cover. EX should have option for smart key entry/keyless ignition, 17" wheels and auto dim rearview mirror and still price under 30K.