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A fun hybrid? Go figure
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By msbella
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2011 Honda Insight EX 4dr Hatchback w/Navigation (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I am thrilled with this car! I bought it for a year-long 220-mile round-trip commute that would have been miserable and expensive in most other cars but was actually pleasant in this one thanks to the comfort, handling, and iPod connection. The front-wheel drive also got me home safely during an epic blizzard last winter. After 32,000 miles in 18 months, and now commuting 60 miles round-trip on a winding rural road, I can still say I love this car, as do my growing kids and two big dogs. I'm averaging 45 mpg across all conditions and terrains, and the 12,000-mile oil changes are nice, too. One change I did make for my rural area was wider tires, which are more durable and widely available.


Best Features

Exterior profile, iPod connection, mileage, spacious hatch area, real-time mileage indicator (which has changed my driving habits for the better!)


Worst Features

After 18 months I still haven't gotten used to the air temperature and other climate settings.


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Disappointed
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By tradingitin
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2011 Honda Insight EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I've owned this car for four months and I'm trading it in next week.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is annoying -- when you step on the gas, there's a delayed reaction.
It revs noisily during entire acceleration arc.
Very gutless.
Most of my driving is city and MPG averages about 39.
Above 65 miles per hour, MPG drops to low 30s.
In Econ mode, AC stops with engine at stoplights.
Rear seatbelts get pinned behind seats after folding them up.
Cramped back seat leads to dirty upholstery when kids with dirty feet climb in.
Paint job is SOFT and easily scratched.
Body style is typical hybrid ugly, grille is inexplicably gray... would look much better matching the body.


Best Features

AC is cold, iPod integration is nice, and MPG is GREAT on the highway as long as you're traveling under 60 - 65.


Worst Features

Ditch the CVT. Paint the grille to match the car. Reconfigure AC to be more friendly at stoplights.


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My worst purchase ever
5 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By vadbrown
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2011 Honda Insight EX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I loved the test drive. I should have spent more time doing it. I would have found out what was wrong. I realized it was a mistake to buy the car as soon as I got on the highway after leaving the dealership. I noticed several bad things immediately -
road noise, very bumpy ride and no passing power. After driving it for a few days commuting back and forth to work, I began having horrible headaches. This was the thing that really made me sell the car. My guess is that it had something to do electromagnetic radiation from the hybrid motor and wires that go through the cabin. Never buying a hybrid again until they do studies on this. Lost $7k selling it back in 2 months.


Best Features

Fun to drive on back roads. The design.


Worst Features

Make your future cars with less road noise, smoother ride and better power (even for a hybrid). Also, do studies on effects of hybrid cars' electromagnetic radiation on human health.


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Money saver
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By barbarossa3
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2011 Honda Insight LX 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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We've had our insight for 10 months now and have been completely satisfied with the car. We normally achieve 43-46 mpg CITY ! At 75 on an interstate it drops to 40 MPG but I usually get 50-53 on a 55 mph highway. Some routes to work net me 53 mpg city. We replaced a 4.2 litre Ford Freestar which gave 17-19 mpg city and are saving the entire car payment in cost savings. Free Car!! Ride is a little rough and firm as new cars go(typical for Honda). Interior on LX is a little too plastic. Blind spots are awful in traffic.


Best Features

Love the fuel economy and the computer display. Interior is comfortable for driver if a bit firm. Nice design inside and out.


Worst Features

Rear view blind spots are really bad. Careful looks before lane change often result in a horn blast from one you couldn't see. Wife drives the car daily and feels she has adjusted to it. I would consider replacing side mirrors with cameras for better view and better MPG. Looking into CNG conversion for even more savings.


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Better car than it looks on paper
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By mike579
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2011 Honda Insight 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I do a 40 mile highway commute on weekdays and some city driving on weekends. By my own calculations, I get an honest 50 miles per gallon. The dashboard readouts give you the information you need to modify your driving style to maximize MPG. I see people complain about a noisy car, but that's not my experience. It's quiet on the freeway. It will get noisy on a rough roads or if you stomp on the gas pedal. The interior is a little plasticy, but it still looks clean and functional. Because of the car styling, the car has larger blind spots than I would like.


Best Features

Gas mileage is better than expected, car feels solid and well-made, styling is good.


Worst Features

Reduce the blind spots around the car. Another 2-3 MPG would be great!


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