2010 Honda Insight EX: Realistic Expectations
December 07, 2009
I had the Insight over the weekend and was a bit suprised: it's competent. The electric power steering lacks feel, but it's okay. And yeah, it's not a Mini, but the handling isn't that bad. I took a couple of freeway on ramps at a quick pace and the car held its line without any low-rolling resistance tire howl.
The Insight may be the best economy car under $20K out there. The interior has good space (except for the rear headroom) and it gets around 39 mpg real-world. Most other cars that achieve that figure are smaller, or are Priuses. I like the Insight a lot more than any of the other dink cars in our fleet: Fit, SX4, and Mini-E.
However, compare it straight up to the Prius and it will lose in the log book of everyone except the most diehard Honda fanboi.
Compare the Insight to other economy cars under $20K and it's on top of the pile.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 9750 miles