Honda Insight Hybrid Comes to the End of the Road | Edmunds

Honda Insight Hybrid Comes to the End of the Road


Just the Facts:
  • Production of the Honda Insight will end this summer as the Japanese automaker discontinues the affordable hybrid.
  • American Honda said in a statement that the Insight will be available at Honda dealerships nationwide through the end of the year.
  • Honda said its future hybrid strategy will focus on "expanded application" of its two-motor hybrid system.

TORRANCE, California Production of the Honda Insight will end this summer as the Japanese automaker discontinues the affordable hybrid.

American Honda said in a statement that the carryover Insight will be available at Honda dealerships nationwide through the end of the year.

Honda said its future hybrid strategy will focus on "expanded application" of its two-motor hybrid system. The two-motor system was introduced on the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid and powers the Honda Accord Hybrid.

"Our hybrid vehicle strategy will focus on new models aimed at delivering the class-leading fuel economy and performance our customers desire in segments that represent significant growth opportunities," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda, in a statement.

The second-generation Insight starts at $19,495, including a $790 destination charge. It delivers 41 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

"Although very fuel-efficient and affordable, the 2014 Honda Insight still doesn't measure up to its Toyota Prius C archrival in key areas like mpg, passenger room and available features," according to the Edmunds review of the latest version of the car.

Honda sold 339 Insight hybrids in February, a 13 percent drop from a year ago, according to its February sales report. In comparison, sales of the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid were stronger at 443 units, an increase of 2.3 percent from a year ago.

Although the Insight broke ground as the first mass-produced hybrid in the U.S., it lagged behind such competitors as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Toyota Prius.

Edmunds says: If you have your heart set on a new Honda Insight, better hustle over to your local dealership.

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