2011 Honda Insight Consumer Review: Updated 3 year review.

2011 Honda Insight Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Updated 3 year review.
By mattwc1 on


2011 Honda Insight 4dr Hatchback (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


I bought my base 2011 Insight to replace a very nice 2009 Rav4. It has in over 1000 miles already saved fuel costs by 1/2.

June 2016:

So far the only maintenance items I have had to do is oil changes (approx 8-10K miles. I follow the maintenance minder on the car. I still do CVT fluid changes approx every 2nd oil change (about every 20k), (1) interior air filter and (1) air filter. That is it. I did change my stock steel wheels to a used set of alloy wheels (with better Michelin tires) about 30k ago. I felt the Michelins handle a lot better with little or neglible impact on mpg . My car has nearly 70K trouble free miles and I average between 45-50mpg on my commute.

Regularly exceeds EPA mpg
Quite and reliable
Excellent used car value

lack of center armrest on base model
real window visibility
Paint chips easily

Best Features

  • Purchase cost
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Headlights

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By mattwc1
on 01/16/14 14:16 PM (PST)

Quick update: I have added about 15k miles on my car since the purchase. I have changed the oil (once), changed the CVT fluid (per many forum posts, the CVT fluid should be changed every 20 to 25k miles. In typical easy Honda fashion, there is an access panel, drain the fluid (about 3 quarts), add three quarts, check the levels, good to go). I have reached a high of almost 60mpg on a rountrip to Carlisle PA. I average between a low of 41 to 50mpg in typical commuting (80/20 split). This car has been great

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