2010 Honda Insight EX Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Honda Insight - Road Test Specs

2010 Honda Insight Hatchback

(1.3L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Model year2010
StyleEX w/Navi 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Base MSRP$22,170 (estimated)
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$22,170 (estimated)


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,339cc (82 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft, variable intake and exhaust lift, 2 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)10.8:1
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 @ 1,000 rpm)
Transmission typeContinuously variable transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Variable between 3.17:1 and 0.53:1; Final Drive = 4.20:1


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent, torsion beam, coil springs and integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.7:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP 37
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance
Tire size, front175/65R15 84S
Tire size, rear175/65R15 84S
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front10.3-inch ventilated disc with single piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear7.9-inch drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.85
0-60 mph (sec.)10.9
0-75 mph (sec.)16.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.9 @ 77.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)125
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.2
@ Full throttle (dB)72.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAlmost agonizingly slow unless you brake-torque the launch, then it's merely slow and matches the Prius' highly repeatable numbers.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsIt probably doesn't take much brake hardware for a 2,700-pound car, but this is good performance nonetheless. No evidence of fade, but I didn't torture it, either. Some rear-end wriggle, but nothing spooky or dangerous.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Extraordinary measures that no Insight buyer is likely to use (ESC off and allow the tail to hang out around the skid pad) produce better-than-average results. But it takes a bit of skill to hold it there, as it feels on the brink of oversteer all the way 'round. Slalom: The Insight will definitely oversteer with the ESC turned off, requiring a handful of opposite lock to keep up with it at the exit. With ESC on, there is no drama whatsoever.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)52.1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)40 city/43 highway/41 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)51.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)10.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,734
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,736
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)172.3
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)56.2
Wheelbase (in.)100.4
Track, front (in.)58.7
Track, rear (in.)58.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)35.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)31.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard (EX only)
Stability controlStandard (EX only)
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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