2010 Honda Insight Consumer Review: Had Civic Hybrid and Prius

2010 Honda Insight - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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Had Civic Hybrid and Prius
By lindguini on


2010 Honda Insight EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


My previous car was a 2007 Civic Hybrid and so the Insight was an easy transition. Our second car is a 2008 Prius which is our preferred people hauler. The Insight is much more responsive in acceleration and handling. The front seats are very supportive and the car has a firm, European feel in the steering and suspension. The engine is quiet except under hard acceleration where it gets a bit buzzy. The build quality is superb inside and out --it just feels solid. I mainly drive stop-and-go Los Angeles streets and average 44+ mpg. The Insight is hands-down more fun-to-drive than our Prius but the Toyota is capable of higher fuel efficiency. The Insight is Honda's best hybrid effort so far.

Best Features

Crisp, clean exterior design with excellent styling cues from original Insight and Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Fun handling and precise steering. Supportive front seats with legroom for 6'2" driver. USB interface for MP3 flash drive/iPod. Nice blue lighting on dash.

Worst Features

Add steering wheel radio controls to EX (radio knob too far away for tall drivers), need higher armrest for stop-and-go traffic comfort, increase rear seat legroom, enable auto-stop more often in normal power mode, add electric A/C like Civic Hybrid and Prius, add higher quality stereo.
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