Note: This review also applies to the 2013 Honda Insight as no major changes were made since the 2012 Honda Insight.
This 2012 Honda Insight video review features information about fuel economy, price, safety, interior room and features like navigation and Bluetooth. We also compare it to other hybrid vehicles.
The Honda Insight is one of the least expensive hybrids you can buy. A base Insight starts at about $19,000, and an EX model with navigation, like our test car, tops out around $24,500.
If there's one thing Honda understands, it's fuel economy. And that's what the Honda Insight gives you: great mpg, in the city and on the highway. With ratings of 41 city/44 highway/42 combined mpg, it's near the top of the fuel economy list, even for a hybrid.
Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Honda Insight its best possible crash test rating of "Good." Our test car's optional touchscreen navigation system and Bluetooth phone integration are also easy to use, and it comes with a very useful rearview camera.
Unfortunately, even though it's fuel-efficient, reliable and relatively affordable, the Insight can't escape the large shadow cast by the Toyota Prius. Unlike its main competitor, the Insight feels awfully choppy on the road, and you'll notice every little imperfection in the pavement.
It also doesn't meet the standard of refinement that the Prius delivers. You'll notice this in things like the way the engine responds to its stop/start mechanism, coming to life in a way that jars the passengers.
Comfortwise, the front seat is fine, but the rear seat is cramped, especially compared to the you-know-what. At 31.5 cubic feet, the Insight's maximum cargo capacity is pretty good, though it trails the Prius hatchback by 8 cubic feet.
The Honda Insight used to own the affordability corner of the hybrid market, but now there's serious competition, not only from the slightly smaller, better-equipped Toyota Prius C, but also from conventional cars that offer nearly as much fuel economy with much greater refinement at similar prices.
If you can afford to spend just a little more, you should also look at the Honda Civic hybrid, which is a much nicer car to drive and gets even better fuel economy.