2004 Honda Insight Consumer Review: Buyer Beware

2004 Honda Insight - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3-cyl. Hybrid 5-speed Manual w/AC)

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Buyer Beware
By GregL on


2004 Honda Insight 2dr Hatchback w/Air Conditioning (1.0L 3cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


This is a great car, IF you live in a
flat place with no snow like Arizona
or Florida. This car is miserable in
snow and very slow on hills (or
anytime power is needed). You will
note that the people who love this car
the most and get the best mileage live
in very flat, warm areas. In New
Jersey or New York traffic this car is
simply dangerous. It is too small to
be seen and does not have the
suspension or power to handle ruts,
potholes, hills, crosswinds, etc.
Remember: this car gets most of its
efficiency out of extreme light weight
and incredibly narrow and hard tires.
This combo does not make for a very
safe car.

Best Features

This car actually does better (most days) than the EPA estimates. I have 60,000 miles on mine and have averaged (lifetime) 59.4 mpg. It also looks cool.

Worst Features

I put on P185/60R14 tires (wider). Car handles much better and doesn't follow ruts in the road anymore. (but this cost me about 10% efficiency). I spent $200 on dynamat to keep down the road noise which really helped. The safety issues of this car need to be addressed.
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