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2020 Honda Insight

What’s new

  • No significant changes for the 2020 Insight
  • Part of the third Insight generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy figures
  • Quick acceleration for a hybrid
  • Refined and roomy interior
  • Gas engine sounds coarse at times
MSRP Range
$22,930 - $28,340
MSRP Starting at
$22,930
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$21,725
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$21,725 - $25,099

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MSRP Range
$22,930 - $28,340
MSRP Starting at
$22,930
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$21,725
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2020 Honda Insight Review

Part of the Toyota Prius' original appeal has been its distinctive styling. Whatever you might think of it, at least everyone knows what it is. It's built-in advertising for the hybrid lifestyle, sort of like bringing your lunch to work in a Whole Foods tote bag. But if you prefer driving a little more anonymously, Honda would undoubtedly like you to check out its 2020 Insight.

Honda's Insight favors more subdued styling. Most people won't guess it's anything but a regular car unless they happen to catch sight of the rather small "Hybrid" badges. This more traditional approach can be found inside, too. The Insight's cabin is familiar and comfortable, and the driving experience is more refined and satisfying than what you typically get from other mainstream hybrids. Because the Insight is a sedan, you give up a bit of cargo-carrying versatility compared to a hatchback, but the Insight compensates with excellent small-item storage.

The main drawback is the Insight's somewhat noisy operation. There can be significant engine vibration at idle when the car needs to charge the battery, for instance. But this is a minor gripe considering everything else and the EPA-estimated 52 mpg. Taken on the whole, the Insight is an excellent sedan that makes the fuel-sipping hybrid lifestyle more appealing. It might even give Prius die-hards a reason to switch.

Notably, the 2020 Honda Insight is a featured vehicle in our Cheapest New Cars article and we picked the 2020 Honda Insight as one of Edmunds' Best Gas Mileage Cars for 2020.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.1 / 10
The Honda Insight is a sensible small hybrid with excellent fuel economy. Beyond that, it's generally nice to drive and a pleasant place to spend time. It combines comfort and practicality with a refined interior and easy-to-use tech, making it a powerful hybrid contender, even if it underperforms by a few mpg against top competitors.

How does it drive?

7.5
The Insight leans more toward sobriety than spirit, but it's livelier and more refined than a Prius. The electric motor feels torquey around town and makes for seamless and responsive acceleration. It's not fast, but at 8.1 seconds to cover 0-60 mph, it's quick among hybrids. The steering is precise, and the Insight is tidy around corners and willing to change directions.

Our tester stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is decent for the class. The braking is predictable and easy to modulate, but the pedal feels a bit disonnected during hard braking. We were also bothered that, in normal driving mode, the adjustable regenerative braking system kept resetting itself.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
Honda has gotten most of the fundamentals right. The seats are comfortable, with medium-firm foam and enough contouring to provide support over long drives, although some drivers may miss adjustable lumbar. There's some bounciness when driving over humps in the road, but single-wheel impacts and smaller road textures are snubbed deftly.

The climate system has big and clearly marked physical controls, and the vents provide good coverage. The main downside is noise. The gas engine can idle loudly and create vibrations when the battery needs charging, and it makes more noise at freeway speeds than some competitors. Wind noise is well-suppressed, but there's also noticeable road noise at speed.

How’s the interior?

8.5
Larger on the inside than the exterior suggests, this cabin typifies Honda's mastery of space utilization. There's plenty of headroom and elbow room for front passengers. Drivers of various proportions should be able to find an agreeable seating position, although we wish there was a hair more range on the telescoping steering wheel. In the back, headroom is snug for taller adults, but there's good toe room.

The Insight is functional and well-designed, with obvious and well-labeled controls. Using the transmission selector buttons is a bit more distracting than moving a traditional gear lever, but you'll get used to them. Visibility is good out of the front, though the wide rear roof pillars and tall rear deck create some rear blind spots.

How’s the tech?

8.0
Honda's infotainment screen is quick, sharp and easy to use. The physical shortcut buttons on the screen's left side are also useful. It makes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (standard on EX trim and up) less of a priority, though Honda's integration with both is excellent.

Honda's advanced driver aids continue to lag the competition, as they're rather conservatively tuned. The brake alert comes up a bit too readily in routine city driving, but it's not as intrusive during the initial warning phase as some other systems. The adaptive cruise system is OK, but other systems are more natural in their operation.

How’s the storage?

8.0
The Insight isn't quite as cargo-friendly as the Prius, but it's still quite useful. The reasonably deep cargo hold has about 15 cubic feet of capacity, and the 60/40-split rear bench can be folded down via levers in the trunk. The hybrid batteries are situated under the back seat and do not impede on cargo volume.

A well-thought-out center console is the centerpiece of the in-cabin storage. The space is deep and provides outstanding volume. You also get a removable and sliding insert and divider system. A handy rubberized pad on the console is ideal for a phone. For child duty, the Insight has car seat anchors in the back that are easy to access under fabric fastener flaps, and there's ample space for car seats.

How economical is it?

9.0
The EPA estimates the Insight gets 48 to 52 mpg in combined driving. That's among the highest fuel economy of any car you can buy. Encouragingly, we observed 50.5 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, which consists of mixed driving conditions.

Is it a good value?

8.5
The Insight is a sensible and well-built sedan that punches above its price point. The well-screwed-together cabin has a pleasing design and plenty of soft touchpoints at every trim level. This is typical Honda cabin construction, which is no bad thing. It's also a great value, and it feels and drives like a more expensive vehicle.

Warranty coverage is on par with Toyota, but it significantly trails Hyundai and Kia. While the Insight shouldn't be an expensive car to own or operate, some competitors offer perks such as free maintenance that aren't standard-issue for Honda.

Wildcard

8.0
The execution of the Insight is a subtle but significant step forward for inexpensive hybrids. It has shown the genre evolving beyond the nerdy awkwardness of adolescence and into a more confident phase. It doesn't need to broadcast its green cred, and that's a breath of fresh air. This car exudes a level of sophistication that surpasses its price point.

Which Insight does Edmunds recommend?

We like the EX for its added standard features. These include useful extras such as folding rear seats that improve cargo flexibility and an upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX also returns better fuel economy than the top-tier Touring, which trades a little efficiency for more luxuries.

Honda Insight models

The 2020 Honda Insight is a five-passenger hybrid sedan that comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. All are driven by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that primarily acts as a generator to supply power to an electric motor that drives the front wheels (and takes over powering the wheels at freeway speeds). Combined system output is 151 horsepower.

The base LX offers the same quality and driving experience as higher trims but is missing some desirable features such as the improved infotainment system with smartphone integration. You do get Bluetooth connectivity and a basic 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, along with LED headlights, push-button ignition and a rearview camera. All Insight trims also come standard with a suite of active safety features and driver aids (Honda Sensing) that include adaptive cruise control.

The EX adds an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker stereo and a split-folding rear seat, among other upgrades. It also gets Honda's LaneWatch camera, which displays a view of the driver's right-side blind spot. (A traditional blind-spot monitoring system isn't offered.) In general, though, the EX's upgrades overall make the Insight easier to live with.

The range-topping Touring trim gives up a few mpg of efficiency (and a tiny bit of trunk space) but adds a lot of extra luxury items. Highlights include a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable seats, a navigation system, onboard Wi-Fi, and a 10-speaker premium sound system.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Honda Insight.

5 star reviews: 91%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.9 stars based on 11 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Commuter's Dream
Kim H,
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

I have owned Hondas exclusively for the last 13 years. I have loved them all. I bought this somewhat on a whim because I drive over mountains 80 miles round trip daily and my 2005 CRV-SE is getting old and is thirsty. The MPG was the biggest influence in my choice but the aesthetic over the Prius was the big bonus. I bought the Touring Edition and my favorite feature is ELECTRIC SEATS! I have the seat all the way up because it sits low and I have old knees. This brings me to my ONLY criticism of this car. I'm only 5'6" and with the seat up my hair, yes I have big hair...go '80's, brushes the ceiling sometimes. It is annoying. But there is nothing else about the car I don't love. It is PEPPY. I've only driven in EV mode. I drive over mountains on interstate with zero problems. I'm a bit of a hard pedal pusher and I get at least 46 MPG driving 70 - 75mph most of 65 miles of my daily commute. The cameras and adaptive cruise control are amazing assistants for night driving. The car is breathtaking in my opinion. I was really worried having never owned a hybrid that it would not be powerful but that is not a worry. It giddies up. For $27k, you won't find a more dynamic, beautiful, reliable vehicle anywhere.

5 out of 5 stars, The Insider
The ultimate driver,
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Just had the car for a week. Really nice car. It is quiet and rides like a compact luxury car. It is solid and fast. Have no problems getting up to speed especially in sport mode. So far, I am getting about 50 miles per gallon in mixed driving. The car is under rated. I have not experienced the engine noise that the reviewers are talking about. When starting the engine, it is so quiet, you don't know that it is running. The first day I got the car. I started the car 6 times before I realized it was running. I thought the car was not on. On the road very little road noise. It is a typical Honda. It cannot be beat for the price. I have the 2020 EX. The only complaints are the driver's seat is not very comfortable. It lacks lumbar support. Honda needs to put a lumbar adjustment in the seat and the seating area is lower than most other mid size cars. The fit and finish is excellent. It handles the road exceptionally well at high speeds no wind noise and very little road noise. So far, I think that it was an excellent choice. especially for city and local driving. My only regret is that I did not get the touring edition for the leather seats and sun roof. The car rides and drives like a luxury car. Love it so far.

5 out of 5 stars, Sports mode vs economy mode
Rick in Seattle ,
LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

I have owned the new Insight for a year now and I think I understand how the sports mode can help reduce the occasional high revs that occur in the engine when the electric battery pack is low. The sports mode keeps the battery pack at least half full to full so your car has the power to handle passing, and smoothly get up steep hills and mountains. In the economy mode the battery is often low and causes the engine to rev up a lot to get up the steep hills, or to pass a vehicle in the fast lane. I recommend using the sports mode in mountainous areas and the economy mode in flat areas.

5 out of 5 stars, Truly a super value hybrid
Socali,
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

2020 Insight EX has given me amazing mpg, especially in traffic. Value also comes from the technology, and it looks fabulous. I trust Hondas build quality, and for the price you get more than you would expect, but dont expect a luxury ride, just a better ride than a Prius, and looks way betterr than a Prius, in my opinion. Putting it into Sport mode, I find its surprisingly peppy and fun. Again, for its price, any "cons" are easy to deal with. I love this car.

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Features & Specs

EX 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$24,310
MPG 55 city / 49 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower151 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Touring 4dr Sedan features & specs
Touring 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$28,340
MPG 51 city / 45 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower151 hp @ 6000 rpm
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LX 4dr Sedan features & specs
LX 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$22,930
MPG 55 city / 49 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower151 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Insight safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Warns if a front collision is imminent and automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Keeping Assist
Warns if your vehicle is drifting out of its lane and corrects steering back to center if the driver doesn't respond.
Honda LaneWatch
Projects a view of the side blind spot when the turn signal is activated to show you if a vehicle or other object is present.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.3%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Insight vs. the competition

Honda Insight vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

The Accord Hybrid shares the Insight's basic hybrid powertrain design. But it feels a little less at home in the larger car, coming across as more powertrain noise in the Accord and offering slightly lower mileage. But the Accord is a well-designed family car, with more room and more available features than the Insight.

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Honda Insight vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Ioniq is the most fuel-efficient hybrid you can buy, returning a stunning 58 mpg combined in its Blue trim. It's also very affordably priced. However, it's much less refined and pleasant on the road and loses some points for being less comfortable than competitors.

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Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius

The Prius is still a byword for the hybrid class as a whole. You get great efficiency and plenty of space for cargo. Also, the Prius now offers all-wheel drive, making it unique in the segment. What you don't get is the best infotainment system or the best driving experience. Both are passable, but the Insight does a better job in both categories.

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FAQ
Is the Honda Insight a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Insight both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Insight gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews) You probably care about Honda Insight fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Insight gets an EPA-estimated 48 mpg to 52 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Insight ranges from 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Insight. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Honda Insight?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda Insight:

  • No significant changes for the 2020 Insight
  • Part of the third Insight generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Honda Insight reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Insight is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Insight. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Insight's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Honda Insight a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda Insight is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Insight and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Insight gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Insight is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda Insight?

The least-expensive 2020 Honda Insight is the 2020 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,930.

Other versions include:

  • EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $24,310
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $28,340
  • LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $22,930
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What are the different models of Honda Insight?
If you're interested in the Honda Insight, the next question is, which Insight model is right for you? Insight variants include EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of Insight models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Honda Insight

2020 Honda Insight Overview

The 2020 Honda Insight is offered in the following submodels: Insight Sedan. Available styles include EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Honda Insight?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Honda Insight and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Insight 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Insight.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda Insight and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Insight featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Honda Insight?
2020 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,295. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $3,351 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,351 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,944.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

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2020 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,265. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,686 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,686 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,579.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

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Which 2020 Honda Insights are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Insight?

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