2010 Honda Insight EX: Track Tested!
August 13, 2009
Yes, that's oversteer. Yes, it's a 2010 Honda Insight. These are the things that happen during track days.
Honda's newest entry-level hybrid may be made for glorified golf-cart duty shuffling around city streets, but that didn't stop us from rigging it up with, essentially, it's worth in test gear and evaluating what kind of driver's car they managed to build. Oh, and we made it oversteer like that a few times.
Follow the jump for results and a video!
Vehicle: 2010 Honda Insight EX
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Drive Type: Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: CVT with sport mode and paddle shifters
Engine Type: Inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,339 (82 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 98 @ 5,800 (includes electric motor assist of 13 hp @ 1,500 rpm)
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 123 @ 1,000 - 1,500 (includes electric motor assist of 58 lb-ft @ 100 rpm)
Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear): Drum
Steering System: Electric speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Semi-independent, torsion beam, coil springs and integrated stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): 175/65R15 84S
Tire Size (rear): 175/65R15 84S
Tire Brand: Dunlop
Tire Model: SP37
Tire Type: Summer
Wheel Material (front/rear): Alloy/alloy
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 2,730
0-30 (sec): 4.0
0-45 (sec): 6.9
0-60 (sec): 10.9
0-75 (sec): 16.6
1/4-mile (sec @ mph): 17.9 @ 77.8
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 10.5
30-0 (ft): 31.3
60-0 (ft): 126.07
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 62.4
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): .77
Handling Rating: Good
Db @ Idle: 44.6
Db @ Full Throttle: 77.3
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 68.6
Acceleration Comments: Best run is first run probably due to full battery power. "Sport" shift mode does nothing for acceleration. Paddles don't help, either.
Braking Comments: No noticeable pedal fade this test. Relatively consistent distances. Awkward pedal feel matters little in emergency stop like this.
Handling Comments: Slalom: Quite a ride w/stability control off. Will easily swap ends with a quick throttle drop during steering input. Otherwise, with system on, all is well. Skid pad: Smooth skidpad helps Insight's manners quite a bit. Still lots of body roll and not much grip. But, despite hard tires, limits are reasonably easy to perceive.
Listen to that baby moo!
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant