If you buy an early made insight you'll have a high oil consumption. You're dealership won't recognize it because Honda has deemed all engines can have a 1 qt per 1000 mile oil consumption. Most engines have close to or above 4 qts of oil this car suggests 2.9 or 3.4 to top it off. My car loses .75 of a quart, if you do the math that leaves me 1.15 qts at 3000 miles and less than 0 at 5000 miles. According to Honda this isn't a problem though. So my advice is go with a different vehicle.
This is the most uncomfortable, loud, gutless car you can buy. The mileage is not worth it, and goes down quickly if you have to do even small inclines. (not hills, just normal on the freeway or average road inclines) There is no way to get your money out of it if you buy it new. You can't hold a conversation without yelling in the car because of the noise. The car is so gutless, you put yourself at risk to pull out of your street if you see another car coming. Not to mention you can't see out of the car easily at all. A lot of blind spots. Don't get the light fabric seats. They stain with water. You may not listen to this. That's fine, but be warned, you will not be happy. Update 7/2016 - this car continues to disappoint me. You will never even break almost even on this car. It will be huge loss. I can only hope it can make it until I can afford to put it down.
Have had my Insight EX for 6 months now, and after ~6k miles driven I have come to love this little hybrid. I consistently get over 50 MPG driving through Los Angeles rush hour traffic (based on miles driven/gallons filled), despite an EPA estimated 42 MPG, while a cursory review of fuelly-dot-com or fueleconomy-dot-gov suggests the Prius tends to get below its EPA rating. This fact, combined with much better handling and brakes than Prius family members, makes me love it! It is a bit lacking in rear seat space, but it has plenty of room for my daily commute, and running about town with wife and son in tow (can fit stroller and week's worth of groceries with ease in the cargo bay).
Consistently get over 50 MPG with very few changes to driving habits (already did some light hypermiling with my 2007 Accord). The car handles almost as well as my Accord, and way better than the second and third gen Prius(es) that I used to drive as company vehicles. Test drives of 2014 Prius reminded me of those forgettable driving days... BTW, Car and Driver and Motor Trend comparisons came to the same conclusion, so it's not just me. EX trim loaded with all but navigation cost several thousand dollars less than similarly equipped Prius. For a car that drives and feels much better than a Prius, gets same EPA-estimated MPG, and cost me over $5k less, what's not to like?
Rear seat space is a bit cramped, but only my wife (only 5'4'' tall) and son (in his car seat) sit back there, and they always have room to spare. Trip computer is a bit optimistic on MPG (overestimates by ~7%), but this is not uncommon even for the heralded Prius. A friend of mine gets 38 MPG in her 2014 Prius according to the trip computer, and if that too is optimistic it goes to show that no amount of advanced technology can guarantee good fuel economy. AC shuts off during idle-stop, though this is easily overcome using a variety of tricks. Too bad they discontinued this model, as an update with the same tech in the 2014 Accord Hybrid would yield superb MPG figures indeed!!!
I bought a Prius 4 yrs ago and I like the car. With the fact that Honda is discontinuing the car, and I didn't want Toyota to earn all my money so I decided to buy a new Insight. Surprisingly my decision is well made. Like I said Prius is a good car, I can get 60 MPG if I drive it really carefully (by pissing off many other drivers). But Insight makes you forget that you are driving a hybrid and still get you pretty decent mileage. Honda is definitely more fun to drive compared to Toyota; the handling is much better. Although its not as spacious as to Prius, its not bad at all. Bottom line, both cars are good, but Insight is a car with more fun.
Driving and handling
Make the AC to run consistently no matter what. Stop the engine when the gear is in N. Currently, you have to step on the break but many people like me who doesn't like to step on the break while waiting.
Pros: The obvious--excellent gas mileage. Test drove and got over 50 mpg consistently. The car has decent low end torque, so will pick up if you want it to. The green eco invites you to continually drive conservatively to maintain good mpg. The stereo system is fairly good quality. Hatchback opens easily. Nice storage. Has spare tire. The drive is very silky and smooth. The best CVT I've driven. The turning radius is incredible. Will turn on the dime. Handles beautifully around curves. Suspension very sturdy with bumps. Ignition is seemless and strong.
Cons: The major con is the incredible uncomfortable driving seat. More below.
Terrific engine, ignition, and mpg.
Hatchback is very handy.
Nice side mirrors, which help eliminate blind spots.
Best price for a hybrid.
While driving for 30 minutes, will get the sorest back.
The seat alone was the determining factor to not get thee car.
When park, only the driver's door unlocks.
Must hit unlock button to open other doors and open trunk.
A lot of cheapness with interior:
turn signal, horn, and console.
Cup holders in a bad space and small.
Only one outlet for charger.
Rearview mirror in bad spot--causes blindspot.
Blindspot in rear corners.
Headlights are weak and low.
Can't read a side street sign with them.
Need to upgrade the seats!
Can't drive a car if uncomfortable, no matter what the mpg is!