2019 Honda Insight
- All-new for 2019
- Unlike past hatchback-like models, this is a sedan
- First year of the third-generation Insight introduced for 2019
- High fuel-economy figures
- Quick acceleration for a hybrid
- Styled like a conventional sedan
- Refined interior with excellent materials
- Rear seats lack creature comforts
- Drives as though it has a continuously variable automatic transmission
- Engine can sound coarse under hard acceleration
2019 Honda Insight pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Insight does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
When you think of hybrids, more likely than not you're probably picturing a Toyota Prius. It's become the most popular in its class, but it wasn't the first. The original Honda Insight beat it to market by a few months, but it never managed to compete on an even playing field. The second-generation Insight was discontinued in 2014, leaving a distinct gap in Honda's lineup.
The 2019 Honda Insight fills that void, and it does so in an impressive manner. First off, it no longer looks like the last-generation Insight or Prius. It's now a sedan and can easily be mistaken for the new Accord. The new Insight also exorcises some of the odd hybrid driving quirks that irked us before. Now it drives much like a conventional car, with a lot more punch and responsiveness when accelerating from a stop.
This new Insight isn't quite as miserly with fuel as the Prius or the Hyundai Ioniq, but it's close enough to keep it competitive, as is its long list of standard advanced safety features. Our initial impressions are favorable, leading us to recommend it heartily against any other hybrid on the market.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Honda Insight is a five-passenger midsize sedan that is available in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. All are powered by a hybrid powertrain composed of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that primarily acts as a generator to supply power to an electric motor that drives the front wheels. Combined system output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque, and a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery is located under the rear seats.
The base LX Insight comes standard with automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port and Pandora internet streaming radio.
Standard advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, a traffic sign reader, and a driver attention monitor.
The EX trim adds keyless entry, a rear-seat center armrest, 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, HondaLink smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an additional USB port, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio. The Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera system is also included.
The top Touring trim rounds out the features list with LED foglights, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.
Audio & navigation
2019 Honda Insight video
CARLOS LAGO: It may look like the lovechild of the Honda Accord and the Honda Civic, but the new 2019 Honda Insight is a hybrid that delivers up to 55 miles per gallon. Are it's nice looks and premium interior enough to take away from the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ionic? That's what we're going to find out on this first drive. The first thing you notice when you start driving the Honda Insight is that it doesn't feel very hybrid-y. What I like about what Honda has done here is they haven't subscribed to the idea that all hybrids need to feel obviously like hybrids, they need to sound obviously like hybrids. Instead, Honda has just taken essentially what amounts to a nicely option-upgraded and built Civic that happens to be a hybrid. And they've called it the Insight. That's kind of a reductive way of putting it, but I'll try to explain what I experience as I drive this. When you roll on to the accelerator pedal, you have a hybrid power train, which consists of a 1.5 liter engine that generates electricity for an electric motor and a battery. The engine only powers the front tires when you need heavy throttle, heavy acceleration, or you're traveling at freeway speeds. There are some complexities there that you can actually read out with one of the displays in the gauge cluster that shows you when the engine is actually driving the wheels, but for the most part you're relying on the battery and the electric motor. The battery itself is pretty small, 1.1 kilowatt hours, but it doesn't need to be that big because it doesn't need to store a terrific amount of energy with the engine always feeding it. You're not plugging this thing in, you've always got the engine generating electricity for it. And the nice thing about this operation is it isn't quite like an extreme plug-in hybrid, but it does give you some advantages that electric motors bring. Namely, the immediacy of power delivery, and the smoothness, especially at low-speed acceleration. As I come to a stop here, let some traffic in, start to roll on the accelerator pedal. I feel that similar immediate on-rush of acceleration that feels good. We're not dealing with a terrific amount of power here, 151 horsepower, 197 pound feet of torque or so, net, from the entire hybrid system, but the initial acceleration from a stop sign or a stoplight feels strong enough. It kind of peters out as you start making your way up to freeway speeds, and you hear the engine start to rev up as if it were connected to a continuously variable transmission. It's not, but that's what the experience feels like to most drivers. There is actually no transmission connecting the engine to anything. There's a couple of gears that drive the electric motor and the generator unit, but you don't really notice any of that from behind the wheel, and that's what really matters. Similar is true with the brake pedal. It controls the amount of regenerative braking you get from the electric motor, that's when it spins backwards and starts slowing you down when you lift off the accelerator, and it also controls the physical brakes that actually do the work of biting on the brake rotors and slowing you down. Transitioning between those two tasks can be difficult, but fortunately, with this pedal, you don't really notice it. We've covered a lot about what you don't notice while driving. Well, what do you notice? Well, you have a nice, accurate steering wheel, you've got good visibility through the forward, side, and the rear glass. You notice, though, when you come to a stop and you're rolling the accelerator, while that initial acceleration, like we mentioned, is strong, the longer you stay in it, the more you hear that engine. And that's kind of like what you'd expect from a vehicle with a continuously variable transmission, or a CVT. And that experience could be unappealing to some. It doesn't sound that great when you hear the engine revving to a consistent RPM and just sort of hanging out there. And it doesn't get much better when you put the car in sport mode. Yes, it has a sport mode. And it makes the engine even a little bit louder, because that's what, traditionally, a sport mode should do. But I don't know if that really makes sense in a Honda Insight that's intended to get 55 miles per gallon in the city. Sport mode also does a curious thing, which we'll talk about in a second. First, we have to talk about the shift pedals right here, which you would think are shift pedals. They're not. They control the amount of regenerative braking the Insight delivers. And you can go to a maximum of three on the extreme side of regenerative braking. That is enough to actually make the brake lights come on. And, interestingly, Honda's decided to make this a temporary setting. So you can dial in, I want the most regenerative braking you could possibly deliver, but after a few seconds, or after you come to a complete stop, it resets back to default. I wish it would just stay in one setting, and it does when you put the car in sport mode, but there are other downsides with that. When I asked Honda, Honda said they wanted the experience to be as similar to a normal vehicle, a normal, non-hybrid car, as possible. That's why it behaves like a CVT. That's why you don't get the very obvious hybrid driving experience when you drive this. And because of that, they wanted to make the regenerative braking consistent, and always default to a default setting. I prefer to just enable a braking setting and leave it there. And overall, the driving experience is very similar to that of just a very nice Honda Civic. That's a good thing. And a lot of these cars come standard with the usual array of Honda safety equipment like Adaptive Cruise, Lane Keep Assist, all Lane Departure Warning, and so on and so forth. What's interesting, though, is you don't get blind spot monitoring in this car. What you do get is Honda's LaneWatch system. And that's when you turn your turn signal on, you get a view of a camera positioned on the side view mirror in the center display. I'm not a big fan of this system. I like a simple blind spot monitoring system, because when that display is on, you can't see your navigation prompts, you can't see any of your entertainment functions. If you're lost in a city, you have to find a way to quickly turn off that display in order to get back to the map when you're trying to find your way around town. It's a matter of preference. And Honda says some consumers really enjoy the feature. So, again, that's another thing that's left up to shoppers to decide if they want it. This car intends to attract people who want a hybrid, want the fuel economy benefits, but maybe don't want to feel like they're driving something that's so obviously a hybrid. You can think of this as just a nice car that's in the $25,000 to $28,000 range, this one's about $28,000, that also happens to be a hybrid. Obviously you're not going to care about driving fast if you're looking at a car that does above 50 miles per gallon. And if that's in your wheelhouse, I think you will really appreciate how nice this car looks inside, how useful it is, and how simply it drives. I think Honda's been very smart in that area. I quite like driving this. Let's stop talking about hybrid stuff and start talking about what the rest of the interior offers. This is a high-class looking, smartly laid out interior that relays the premium feel that you won't get in similarly-priced hybrid, compact sedans. I like this entertainment display. It supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the second and third highest trim levels. The gauge cluster is attractive, the center console is neat and smart. The dash is full of these really nice looking, nice to touch materials with real stitching. It's stuff that you won't typically see in hybrids that cost around this much. One of the most clever parts about this is not the hybrid setup, it's this center console area. This is a really deep space that has a lot of configurations, from the way you can slide the arm rest and move it back, to the various ways you can move the cup holders inside. And I also like, too, this little pad right here with the rubberized bottom. I can slide my phone, it's a Google Pixel Plus, it's the big one. And it fits with plenty of room to spare, and with also space for the cable that I can plug in, run Android Auto, and still have the phone hanging out right there. When it comes to hybrid-specific stuff, there's not a lot here to tell you that it's a hybrid unless you have the digital gauge cluster, at least the left side of it, arranged to show you how the power is being distributed between the motor, the engine, and the drive wheels. You can kind of largely ignore it and just drive this car as a normal vehicle, and that seems to be the intent of this car. The effect is you can hop in and drive this like any normal car and not really notice that it's doing anything different until you get to the gas pump and see that you're not buying that much in fuel. One of the challenges with designing a hybrid is figuring out where to put the battery pack. You want to place it where it doesn't impinge on cargo or interior space. Now for the Insight, Honda has put it underneath the rear seat, and that means that your 15 cubic foot or so of storage space isn't impacted. And it gets even larger when you flip down the rear seats. What I really like about the Honda Insight, if I haven't said enough already, is that it doesn't feel obviously like a hybrid, even if it gets to reap the benefits of one. Versus the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ionic, that really gives it an advantage in my mind. And it's worth a much closer look if you're in the market for a new hybrid. If you like what you see, keep it tuned right here, and be sure to visit edmunds.com.
Is the 2019 Honda Insight Better than the Toyota Prius?
Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago drives and reviews the new 2019 Honda Insight. The latest version of Honda's compact hybrid shares little with its predecessors and its contemporaries. It looks good, for starters, and it is nowhere near as militant about prioritizing fuel efficiency. How does it work on the road? That's what we'll find out in this video.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Insight safety features:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Warns if a front collision is imminent and automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Warns if your vehicle is drifting out of its lane and corrects steering back to center if the driver doesn't respond.
- Honda LaneWatch
- Projects a view of the side blind spot when the turn signal is activated to show you if a vehicle or other object is present.
Honda Insight vs. the competition
2019 Honda Insight
2018 Toyota Prius
Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius
No hybrid comparison is complete without mentioning the Toyota Prius. In regard to fuel economy estimates, the Prius has the advantage at 56 mpg in combined driving. The Insight isn't far behind, registering a 52 mpg estimate. Bigger differences can be found in the personalities of these cars. The Insight looks like a typical sedan, while the Prius maintains its function-over-form silhouette. The Insight also drives more like a conventional car and is more responsive to your gas pedal inputs.
Honda Insight vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Pricing for the Ioniq is very similar to that of the Honda Insight. The Ioniq has a slight edge in fuel economy, but an unnatural brake feel, elevated road noise, and lackluster ride and seat comfort hold it back. The Insight is generally more comfortable and enjoyable to drive.
Honda Insight vs. Kia Niro
Were it not for some subtle hybrid badging, you'd think the Kia Niro was any other compact crossover SUV. Its fuel economy is a little less than the Insight's. But at 49 mpg, it's still impressive considering the Niro's size. Like the Insight, the Niro has its hybrid batteries under the rear seats to allow for more cargo space. Get the Niro if cargo carrying is a priority. The Insight, however, offers a superior driving experience.
2019 Honda Insight for Sale
After a five-year absence, the original hybrid is back. This time around, the 2019 Honda Insight foregoes the futuristic or Prius-like styling in favor of a more conventional sedan appearance. It's offered in a base LX trim, the midgrade EX and the range-topping Touring.
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that charges a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery under the rear seats. With the electric motor that drives the front wheels, the combined output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor provides primary propulsion, and the gasoline engine supplies power directly to the wheels under heavier acceleration.
Standard feature highlights for the LX include automatic LED headlights, automatic climate control, active noise cancellation, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port and internet streaming radio. It also comes with plenty of advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, a traffic sign reader, and a driver attention monitor.
Stepping up to the EX, which is our pick in the lineup, adds keyless entry, a rear-seat center armrest, 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, HondaLink smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio and an additional USB port. The Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera system is also included.
The top-of-the-line Touring model comes with LED foglights, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system with voice activation and real-time traffic, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.
The 2019 Honda Insight is priced competitively against the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Kia Niro and Toyota Prius. We like the Insight for its more conventional styling and driving characteristics, even though it has a slight disadvantage in fuel economy. Take advantage of all the information and tools here at Edmunds to see which one is right for you.
2019 Honda Insight Overview
The 2019 Honda Insight is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2019 Honda Insight?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Honda Insight and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Insight 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Insight.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Honda Insight?
2019 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2019 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,985. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,099 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,099 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,886.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2019 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,955. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $1,440 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,440 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,515.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is5.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2019 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,725. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $1,839 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,839 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,886.
The average savings for the 2019 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is7.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda Insight?
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