2021 Honda Insight

MSRP range: $22,930 - $28,840
4.6 out of 5 stars(13)
MSRP $23,945
Edmunds suggests you pay $23,554

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2021 Honda Insight Review

  • High fuel economy figures
  • Quick acceleration for a hybrid
  • Refined and roomy interior
  • Gas engine sounds coarse at times
  • Blind-spot alert with cross-traffic monitor now standard on EX and Touring trims
  • Part of the third Insight generation introduced for 2019

If you'd like the fuel efficiency of something like the Toyota Prius but with more traditional styling, the 2021 Honda Insight could be an ideal alternative. Sized between Honda's Civic sedan and the larger Accord, the Insight has a standard hybrid powertrain that gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's right up there with the most efficient hybrids on the market. The Insight is roomy and enjoyable to drive, too, so you're not really giving up anything to go the hybrid route.

We like the Insight a lot, and you can check out our full evaluation by reading our Expert Rating below. But there are more hybrids out than ever before, so it can be worth your time to shop around a little. Of course, there's the Prius, and Toyota also offers the Corolla Hybrid, which is essentially a Corolla but with Prius innards. You might also research the new Hyundai Elantra Hybrid or even Honda's larger Accord Hybrid or CR-V Hybrid.

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The Honda Insight is a sensible small hybrid with excellent fuel economy. Beyond that, it's generally nice to drive and a pleasant place to spend time. It combines comfort and practicality with a refined interior and easy-to-use tech, making it a powerful hybrid contender, even if it underperforms by a few mpg against top competitors.
The Insight leans more toward sobriety than spirit, but it's livelier and more refined than a Prius. The electric motor feels torquey around town and makes for seamless and responsive acceleration. It's not fast, but at 8.1 seconds to cover 0-60 mph, it's quick among hybrids. The steering is precise, and the Insight is tidy around corners and willing to change directions.

Our test Insight stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is decent for the class. The braking is predictable and easy to modulate, but the pedal feels a bit disconnected during hard braking. We were also bothered that, in normal driving mode, the adjustable regenerative braking system kept resetting itself.
Honda has gotten most of the fundamentals right. The seats are comfortable, with medium-firm foam and enough contouring to provide support over long drives, although some drivers may miss adjustable lumbar. There's some bounciness when driving over humps in the road, but single-wheel impacts and smaller road textures are snubbed deftly.

The climate system has big and clearly marked physical controls, and the vents provide good coverage. The main downside is noise. The gas engine can idle loudly and create vibrations when the battery needs charging, and it makes more noise at freeway speeds than some competitors. Wind noise is well-suppressed, but there's also noticeable road noise at speed.
Larger on the inside than the exterior suggests, this cabin typifies Honda's mastery of space utilization. There's plenty of headroom and elbow room for front passengers. Drivers of various proportions should be able to find an agreeable seating position, although we wish there was a hair more range on the telescoping steering wheel. In the back, headroom is snug for taller adults, but there's good toe room.

The Insight is functional and well-designed, with obvious and well-labeled controls. Using the transmission selector buttons is a bit more distracting than moving a traditional gear lever, but you'll get used to them. Visibility is good out of the front, though the wide rear roof pillars and tall rear deck create some rear blind spots.
Honda's infotainment screen is quick, sharp and easy to use. The physical shortcut buttons on the screen's left side are also useful. It makes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (standard on EX trim and up) less of a priority, though Honda's integration with both is excellent.

Honda's advanced driver aids continue to lag the competition, as they're rather conservatively tuned. The brake alert comes up a bit too readily in routine city driving, but it's not as intrusive during the initial warning phase as some other systems. The adaptive cruise system is OK, but other systems are more natural in their operation.
The Insight isn't quite as cargo-friendly as the Prius, but it's still quite useful. The reasonably deep cargo hold has about 15 cubic feet of capacity, and the 60/40-split rear bench can be folded down via levers in the trunk. The hybrid batteries are situated under the back seat and do not impede on cargo volume.

A well-thought-out center console is the centerpiece of the in-cabin storage. The space is deep and provides outstanding volume. You also get a removable and sliding insert and divider system. A handy rubberized pad on the console is ideal for a phone. For child duty, the Insight has car seat anchors in the back that are easy to access under fabric fastener flaps, and there's ample space for car seats.
The EPA estimates the Insight gets 48 to 52 mpg in combined driving. That's among the highest fuel economy of any car you can buy. Encouragingly, we observed 50.5 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, indicating the EPA's numbers are applicable for real-world driving.
The Insight is a sensible and well-built sedan that punches above its price point. The well-screwed-together cabin has a pleasing design and plenty of soft touchpoints at every trim level. This is typical Honda cabin construction, which is no bad thing. It's also a great value, and it feels and drives like a more expensive vehicle.

Warranty coverage is on par with Toyota, but it significantly trails Hyundai and Kia. While the Insight shouldn't be an expensive car to own or operate, some competitors offer perks such as free maintenance that aren't standard-issue for Honda.
The execution of the Insight is a subtle but significant step forward for inexpensive hybrids. It has shown the genre evolving beyond the nerdy awkwardness of adolescence and into a more confident phase. It doesn't need to broadcast its green cred, and that's a breath of fresh air. This car exudes a level of sophistication that surpasses its price point.

Which Insight does Edmunds recommend?

We prefer the middle ground and think the Insight EX is the best value for money. There's standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and, for 2021, standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Honda Insight models

The 2021 Honda Insight is a small hybrid sedan that comes in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. All are driven by 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. Options are limited to various appearance packages that are available across all three trim levels. Highlighted standard features include:

Starts you off with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Push-button start
  • 5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Single USB port
  • Six-speaker audio system

Honda Sensing
A suite of advanced driver aids standard on all Insights, which includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Honda and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Insight back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Adds some upgrades and nice-to-have features, such as:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • More powerful, 2.5-Amp USB charging ports
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)

The top of the line trim adds:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Sunroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • 10-speaker premium audio system
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Honda Insight.

Average user rating: 4.6 stars
13 total reviews
5 star reviews: 69%
4 star reviews: 23%
3 star reviews: 8%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Great driver
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Love the car, great drive and looks great. Getting better than projected MPG. Needs to improve three areas, 1- needs a spare tire, 2- road noise is more than I like even with the standard Michelin green tires, 3- passenger seat has no way to elevate or lower seat.
5/5 stars, Feels like a luxury car!
New Insight,
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
My first hybrid. Love the fact it looks and feels like a luxury car at regular car price. Better mileage than advertised. Averaging 50 mpg in mixed driving with Touring trim level. Love the leather, heated seats. Still learning all the safety tech.(has everything, even stuff I didn't know I'd end up liking :) Drives smooth and handles really well on back roads. Fun in turns and quiet. Plenty of go when you need it and still efficient. Like the fact they are unique and not 10 of them everywhere I go.
4/5 stars, Great car
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought a 2021 Honda Insight EX to use as a delivery vehicle for work. I negotiated below MSRP and ended up agreeing to $22,000 for the purchase (in Southern California.) This is my first hybrid and it took about two weeks to learn how to drive this car for fuel economy. My old lead-foot ways are a thing of the past now! I was averaging maybe 42 mpg at first because of my tendency to smash the accelerator but now I get 52 mpg+. I drive this car 8 hours a day, 5 days a week so comfort is important. To that end, the driver’s seat in the EX package is not as comfortable as the one in the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta it replaced. In hindsight, it might have been worth it to pay extra for the Touring trim’s leather seats. The overall feel of sitting in this car is very modern. The 8” LED infotainment system is useful and practical, the modeling of the door molding and center console have this wrap around effect that makes me feel a) protected and b) like I’m in a spaceship. The 8 speaker package in the EX trim is your basic car audio: sounds good, not great. It sounds like the gas motor is engineered for lower RPM and when it kicks on it makes a low, grinding hum that sounds out of place. This is due to the fact most of your time spent behind the wheel is whisper quiet, with the pedestrian warning whir omitting a space-aged sound like the car is a UFO. The car handles very well, making corners, changing lanes, parallel parking and the like a breeze and kind of fun; it sort of handles like a sports car. The car has a good amount of acceleration when you need it so you’ll never worry about making a pass in time. The brakes are top notch and the brake assistant is handy, slowing you down automatically if it senses a possible front-end collision. The trunk space is probably a little more than my Jetta, I never measured this but it just seems I can fit more in there. There is no spare tire included with this car. WTF? I’m not sure how they thought that shouldn’t be a standard safety feature? I love the way my car looks. I got it in silver and it’s just so damn pretty. The more I see Insights in other colors the more I like my silver Insight. Worth a look, though if seat comfort is a must consider the more expensive Touring package or maybe look at another hybrid. That being said, overall it’s a great car and I’m very pleased with this purchase 8 months later.
5/5 stars, A Hybrid With Style & Features
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
After owning several Prius models, I decided to change to a Honda Insight. This hybrid, especially in the top-of-the-line Touring model, is loaded with many features including a moonroof, GPS, many safety features, leather seats and more. Yes, these can be found on Honda's competition but at a higher price. The Insight looks like a typical sedan, so if exterior design is a concern look no further. My only negative is that the fuel economy is slightly less than the competition. This is probably due to the extra features loaded onto this vehicle. If you're looking for a hybrid loaded with extras, seriously consider the Honda Insight.

2021 Honda Insight videos

ELANA SCHERR: The epic battles of automotive history-- Corvette vs. 911, F-150 vs. Silverado, 3-Series vs. C-class, Camaro vs. Mustang. DAN EDMUNDS: And don't forget-- Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: These high mileage hybrids represent another iconic car pairing. DAN EDMUNDS: That's right. These are the longest-running names in the hybrid business because they're the ones that started it all. ELANA SCHERR: Today, we're going to figure out which of these two is right for you. DAN EDMUNDS: But before we get into that, remember to use Edmunds next time you're ready to buy a car, truck, or hybrid vehicle. And click Subscribe if you want to see more videos like this one. ELANA SCHERR: Also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. [MUSIC PLAYING] With EVs, plug-in hybrids, and standard hybrids on the market, it can get confusing knowing which car falls into which category. The Prius and the Insight we have here are standard hybrids-- no range anxiety or need for a home charger. These guys charge their own batteries. DAN EDMUNDS: And they can do that because they have electric motors paired with their gasoline engines. Those motors don't just move the car forward, they also generate electricity and slow the car each time you hit the brakes. And that's why hybrids get such great fuel economy. In fact, most deliver higher city mileage than highway mileage. So the Prius is actually a really nice place to sit if you're the driver. That didn't used to be the case-- at least for me. But this new generation that's been around the last couple of years, they lowered the seat, they made it height adjustable, and they improved the reach of the steering wheel. So it's a more normal driving position. I don't feel like I'm in a bus. Car's a little bit narrower than I might like, but certainly my headroom and leg room-- plenty of that. After that, the weirdness of the Prius starts to become apparent. For one, I've never been a fan of the centrally-mounted instruments. The other thing that always bugs me is this shifter here. It's so bad that they have to put a beeper in it in case you put it in reverse inadvertently. You couldn't tell otherwise. It's also got a park button and a park brake, which always gets people confused. But other than that, the climate control system is really easy to use. These are nice, big cup holders-- seat heaters are here. The stereo in this Prius doesn't have Apple CarPlay, but that's going to change in 2020. But you will lose the CD player, which is here now, and it won't be next year. Well, that's about it for the front. Elana, how are you doing in back? ELANA SCHERR: Actually, it's great back here. I mean, you're a tall dude, and I got plenty of space, lots of headroom, two USB ports, and cup holders. DAN EDMUNDS: Nice. Well, why don't you hop in the front and let's go for a drive? ELANA SCHERR: Do they have cup holders up there? DAN EDMUNDS: Oh yeah. ELANA SCHERR: I feel like the Prius is a really good example of a car where if you haven't been in one in a few years, your idea of what it's like to drive one is just totally wrong now. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, absolutely. A couple of years ago, they redesigned the car completely, made it look a little bit more like a Dart. And in the process of doing that, they really improved it in a lot of ways, actually. Driving position here where I am is much better. And then the ride is also more refined and smoother because they've replaced the old twist beam suspension with a multi-leg setup. And that just makes the ride that much more pleasant. It also improves the handling, the steering is good. The main dynamic problem I have with it is the way the brakes feel. ELANA SCHERR: They feel very soft. It's not that they don't stop the car-- they will stop the car fine. But they feel-- what's the opposite of confident? Insecure. They have insecure feeling brakes. DAN EDMUNDS: What's going on is this kind of a brake by wire system. So when you press the pedal, you're really telling the computer you want to slow down. And it's looking at how hard and how far you press the pedal and kind of determining how much stopping power to give you. And then it decides well, I'll use the magnetism of the electric motor or I'll use the friction brakes or maybe both together. And so as a result, you're not really pushing on a master cylinder like you are in every other car. Now, all electrified cars-- electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids-- they all have brakes like this. But for some reason, the Prius has just never gotten any better from what they landed with about 20 years ago when the car came out. And the biggest thing for me is when you back out of a parking space, because you're trying to just kind of lightly dab the brakes and they're a little too grabby at that point. And it just doesn't feel right. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it would be hard to stage this car for a dragster. Speaking of dragsters, my feelings about the Prius are always like, oh my god, it's the slowest car you can buy. And that is not true anymore. DAN EDMUNDS: No. It's no problem when you want to merge onto a freeway or past somebody. I mean, it's not a speed demon, but it certainly has enough power to get out of its own way. ELANA SCHERR: Well, and then we took these cars all the way up in the mountains because we wanted to be surrounded by trees because we're eco conscious. We're saving gas. We're saving the environment. DAN EDMUNDS: And we like trees. ELANA SCHERR: And we like trees. And we had some serious hills to get up here, and the Prius seemed like it had no problem doing that. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. And in the past, a Prius might have made a lot of noise as the continuously variable transmission spun up the engine. But now they've got more sound insulation, and it's not nearly as noticeable as it has been in the past. On coarse roads like this one, you'll hear a little bit of road noise because these are low-rolling resistance tires and they're kind of skinny. And there's just only so much they can get a tire to do when they're trying to maximize them for fuel economy. ELANA SCHERR: Something that we're seeing in pretty much all new cars is all these different changeable modes, right? Because you're no longer stuck just with however the car was designed originally, because there's computers controlling everything. So when you're in a performance car, a lot of times they have modes like comfortable driving, semi-sporty driving, and then hardcore track driving. When you're in EVs and hybrid, it's almost the opposite. The different modes are not to be more power usually, they're sort of more efficient. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, exactly. In this car, you've got the normal mode, which is just fine. You can get the rated fuel economy. In fact, we've had 48 miles per gallon on the way here without really trying very hard. But there is an eco button, and it really just kind of helps by making the throttle a little deader-- in case you're a lead foot, maybe it helps you out-- ELANA SCHERR: Was that directed at me? DAN EDMUNDS: If you can't help yourself. ELANA SCHERR: Was that, like, very pointedly directed at me? DAN EDMUNDS: I didn't say-- ELANA SCHERR: You looked at me. DAN EDMUNDS: I said you in a kind of a more general sense. It wasn't you. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it was me. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. Anyhow, that also turned down the air conditioner a little bit. And on the other end of it, there is a power mode which will use more fuel but will help make it a little bit more responsive. But really, this car is just fine in normal mode. You really don't get a lot for either of those other two modes. Now, there is another mode, an EV button is here. And if you're going slow enough, you can cruise along a little ways in electric mode. But it isn't really anything you can do for any distance. ELANA SCHERR: Is that mostly for light coming quietly into a neighborhood or tooling around a parking lot? Or is it kind of just a for show thing? DAN EDMUNDS: It's one of those things where it feels like something you can amaze your friends with, but it's not enough to actually go anywhere in that mode. And if you get on the throttle at all and ask the car to accelerate even a little bit, it pops out of that mode right away. ELANA SCHERR: This is a really pretty road, and it's also a very curvy road. DAN EDMUNDS: Yes. ELANA SCHERR: So you're behind the wheel right now, what do you feel? DAN EDMUNDS: The steering feels pretty good. It weights up in corners. The car follows the line I want it to go on. There's no surprises there. It doesn't feel like it's going to be affected by bumps that I might hit in the middle of the corners. And that's partially helped by the rear suspension, which is a lot more compliant than it has been in the past. It's just really easy to drive on this road and actually a little bit of fun. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, I was surprised because the design of the car, it looks kind of top heavy. But of course, it isn't. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. Well, one of the benefits of the lower seating position is you don't move as much when the car rolls in corners. And the car doesn't roll as much in corners because the center of gravity isn't as high. ELANA SCHERR: They put better tires on them now too, right? The very early ones had these kind of very hard, super low-friction tires. I felt like they didn't have a great grip. DAN EDMUNDS: Well, these are still low-rolling resistance tires, but the technology that goes into low rolling resistance tires has been improving for 20, 25 years. And so the tires that we have today can provide more grip. ELANA SCHERR: Dan, I think you and I have the same major complaint about the Prius. All right, say it on three-- ready-- one, two, three-- DAN EDMUNDS: The shifter. ELANA SCHERR: The center console-- oh. DAN EDMUNDS: What? No actually, I agree with you. ELANA SCHERR: I agree with you. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, they're both a little bit weird. I mean, the shifter in the Prius started out weird when they first introduced the car. It's so weird that they have to have a beeper inside the car when you're in reverse to let you know that you are in reverse because if you look at the lever, you won't be able to tell. Woo, corners. The center display is, well, it's in the center. And it's just not where I want to look. I want to look straight ahead at the road. Right here inside the steering wheel's where I expect the instruments to be. And they're just not there. ELANA SCHERR: Well, OK, to be totally fair, people like a little quirk in a car. DAN EDMUNDS: Well, that's true. ELANA SCHERR: I could get used to the information being in the center console. Even the Mercedes A-class and stuff is starting to have these big, long displays that go all the way across the dash. So obviously we as humans can get used to that. But they didn't do anything with the blank space behind the steering wheel. It's just this sad, blank piece of plastic. It just seems like such a design fail to me. DAN EDMUNDS: If I have to give it one positive point, it's because if your eyes don't focus as well as they used to, it's further away than it would be if it was right here. And that makes it easier to keep in focus. So I can just see it. ELANA SCHERR: That's a stretch. That's a stretch, Dan. DAN EDMUNDS: Is it? ELANA SCHERR: I think that's a stretch. DAN EDMUNDS: Talk to me in 10 years-- maybe 20. ELANA SCHERR: I will say, though, that the graphics that tell you how you're doing and what's recharging what and how full your battery is are a super fun game. And I understand why so many Prius drivers are doing weird braking things and driving slow in front of you, because they're recharging their batteries and they're watching it happen in real time. And it is kind of addictive. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, the highest I've ever scored is 93 out of 100, and I don't know how to get to 100. ELANA SCHERR: I really enjoy getting into the Insight. First of all, it's a very friendly car. It makes a sweet humming sound when it's in the electric mode. And when you first get into the car when you have the key-- even before you turn it on-- it sort of plays you this little song like it's happy to see you. So I feel affectionate towards it. It doesn't hurt that it looks great too. I mean, I like it for its personality, but also it's got good looks. The materials are nice and they're interesting. Some of that is because we are in the touring tram, and so the power leather seats are something that you do pay for. But I think they're worth it. Everything is laid out nicely in the Insight. I know exactly how to work it even if I've never been in one before. It has a kind of funky push button shifter, but unlike some of the other cars with their very strange shifters, it's real obvious what you press to get what gear you need and also what gear you're in. I mean, it lights up. I do have one complaint about the shifter-- this is only going to be relevant to those of you who do this-- which is that the park button is really skinny, and I keep hitting my nail on it. And I'm kind of worried I'm going to break one. So Honda designers, hear me out. Think of the manicures. Another thing that's great about the interior is that it's all very adjustable. First of all, nice, big phone pad. You can fit a lot of different models in it. And the USB ports are right up next to where you're going to put the phone so you don't end up with a cord that's running all the way across your console. There's also a 12-volt outlet. Your different driving modes-- very clear, very obvious. There's cup holders in the console. It also slides back, and you can fit a giant Big Gulp. This armrest also slides back. So if like me you're short, you have your seat far forward, you can move the armrest far forward. And if you are Dan and you are tall, you can move the armrest back. And then you've got a console underneath. Very smart. Honda always does a good job with storage in the interior. Gauge clusters nice and clear, and you've got a nice infotainment screen. It's big, it's very clear, it has all these nice, physical buttons that run down it and a volume knob. And it works very well. But if you don't want to use it, you don't have to, because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported. Because of the push button shifter, there's a lot of room up here in the front seat. But I don't know if Dan's going to say the same thing about the backseat. Dan? DAN EDMUNDS: Actually, it's pretty spacious back here. I've got plenty of leg room. It's nice and wide. My hair touches the roof just a little bit, but I'm 6 foot 2. So this is pretty decent. I could spend a lot of time back here. ELANA SCHERR: Unless you needed to charge a phone. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh right. There are no USB ports back here. This is the touring, right? ELANA SCHERR: Why don't you get in the front seat? You can charge up here. DAN EDMUNDS: OK. ELANA SCHERR: Dan, I'm hoping that this next drive gives us some insight into which one we like better. DAN EDMUNDS: I see what you did. ELANA SCHERR: I did that. DAN EDMUNDS: The Prius has certainly changed, but it's still following the same path it established when it was new. But the insight has really had a lot of twists and turns. It started out as a really weird little car that's still beloved by people who own them. And then it turned into something that tried to be a Prius. And now-- ELANA SCHERR: It looks like a regular civic. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah exactly, just with a more premium interior and a little bit less of a boy racer exterior. ELANA SCHERR: Hey, nothing against boy racers. DAN EDMUNDS: No. So how is this driving? I mean, it feels a little bit different than the Prius. ELANA SCHERR: I think the Prius feels a little bit more powerful. This engine seems to be working a little harder to make us move-- or at least it's making more noise about what it's doing. DAN EDMUNDS: It sounds like it's working harder, yeah. I don't know if it is. ELANA SCHERR: I mean, it isn't like it's not getting us up the hill. And if I'm not satisfied with it in the normal mode, I can put it in a sport mode and it does give me sort of a little more throttle response then so I don't have to floor it. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. This car feels like a real sedan. How does it drive? ELANA SCHERR: It drives like a real sedan. Actually, I think in some cases it drives better than what you'd expect from a real sedan, because it's kind of got that nice, low center of gravity. And you do feel that when you're going around corners because it doesn't feel tippy. I mean, the whole car is a little bit longer and wider than it used to be. And it's longer and wider than the Prius. DAN EDMUNDS: I mean, this looks and feels like a premium Civic not the kind of hybrid that the Insight used to be, which was a wannabe Prius. ELANA SCHERR: Well that's exactly what it is. It shares a lot of its underpinnings with the Civic. And it looks like a Civic. It's basically the Civic hybrid but with a fancy name. DAN EDMUNDS: What? I couldn't hear you about that engine there. ELANA SCHERR: Oh I know. How would you describe that sound? Sad cow? Haunted house? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah there's some of that. It sounds like it's complaining, but it's doing the job. I think it's just not as much sound insulation or something. You seem to be getting around these corners really easily. I see a smile on your face. ELANA SCHERR: It's actually pretty fun. This is a beautiful road. And to be able to take a car like this up here without worrying about the range or where I'm going to plug it in to charge it is kind of the whole point of getting a hybrid. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. Yeah, and it's interesting how these cars have such different approaches but they end up in the same place as far as fuel economy. They're both rated at about 52 MPG combined, which is outstanding. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah it's crazy. You think about how just 20 years ago a car that was getting that much would be full-on science fiction. DAN EDMUNDS: And really dinky. ELANA SCHERR: One of the things that I really like about driving the insight is the seats are so comfortable. DAN EDMUNDS: Right? ELANA SCHERR: Oh my god. We've been on a long drive for this shoot, and I have not wanted to get out of this car. DAN EDMUNDS: Power leather-- we are on the touring, so it has some of those bells and whistles. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, I think you give up 2 or 3 MPG to get power seats and this fancy moonroof. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. The 52 MPG is the LX and the EX not the touring. ELANA SCHERR: But it's still very affordable, even in the touring trim. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh absolutely. I mean, yeah, you don't have to pay a lot of money to save money on gas. ELANA SCHERR: Which you used to. I mean, that is an incredible thing about the new hybrids. It used to be you were kind of doing it to make a point. You weren't really going to drive the car for as many years as you would need to make up how much more expensive it was than just getting a gasoline engine. But nowadays, they're really affordable. It's also not a forced look anymore. And that, I think, is what the Insight gives you over the Prius. You don't have to kind of join a community of hybrid people. You can just have a nice car that's a hybrid. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. The Prius is a little bit more like a tattoo in that regard. Everybody knows what you're in. ELANA SCHERR: So really when you're thinking about the two cars together, it isn't like a one is a better approach than the other, it's just that they're so different they really give you an option. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. Even though they're two different approaches, they're pretty much the same fuel economy. ELANA SCHERR: Which is interesting, because they don't drive the same. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. ELANA SCHERR: They're very different. So, Dan, which of these would you take home? DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, it's a close call. I like them both and there's things I don't like about them both-- the noise in the Insight and the brake pedal feel of the Prius, but those two things kind of cancel each other out. And in the end for me, it's the Insight, because it's the bigger, more mature car that I could see myself driving every day. ELANA SCHERR: I've got to go with you, Dan. I would also choose the Insight because I'm extremely shallow and I think it's prettier. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, it is prettier. ELANA SCHERR: But seriously, in the end, it was so close. I did not expect it to be so close, but both cars were really pretty nice to drive and they would both be extremely useful as day lays. I think that the Prius might win out in terms of being more family friendly, because it's available with all-wheel drive and that hatchback. It just has a little bit more room for everybody. But the Insight looks so much better. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh yeah. Absolutely. And that reminds me in the past cars like this, you had to give up a lot to get high fuel economy. But that's not true anymore. Each of these is a great daily driver. You can't go wrong with either one. But in the end, the Insight is higher ranked on the Edmunds rankings. It's got the number one spot. ELANA SCHERR: So get out there, save some money on gas, and figure out what you're going to spend it on. 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2019 Honda Insight vs. 2019 Toyota Prius -- Hybrid Comparison Battle

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Honda Insight, but since the 2021 Honda Insight is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

When you think of long-standing car rivalries, you might not consider the 2019 Toyota Prius and the 2019 Honda Insight. You should. These two fuel-sipping cars were the vanguard of affordable hybrid technology in the late '90s. And today, they're still at it.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
55 City / 49 Hwy / 52 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.6 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 151 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: N/A
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 183.6 in. / Height: 55.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 71.6 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: N/A
Curb Weight: 2987 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.1 cu.ft.

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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.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Honda Insight vs. the competition

2021 Honda Insight

2021 Honda Insight

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Honda Insight vs. Toyota Corolla Hybrid

The Corolla Hybrid is essentially a Corolla but with the powertrain of a Toyota Prius. The Corolla Hybrid is very fuel efficient and is relatively inexpensive. However, it's only available in one basic trim level and it's rather slow, even when you go full throttle. The Insight can be more expensive, but in return you get more power and available features.

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Honda Insight vs. Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra Hybrid offers lots of standard features and a great warranty. Its interior is roomy, too. However, the Insight counters with nicer interior materials and quicker acceleration. EPA-estimated fuel economy for both cars is above 50 mpg.

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Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius

The Prius has long been the hybrid vehicle standard, thanks to its great fuel economy, many available technology features and its quiet interior. The Prius is also available in all-wheel drive, which is a great option if you live with inclement weather. But the overall design can seem too clever for its own good; we generally prefer the more straightforward approach of the Insight.

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2021 Honda Insight First Impressions

What is the Insight?

Slightly larger than the Honda Civic and a bit smaller than the Honda Accord, the 2021 Honda Insight is a four-door sedan. This four-door sedan, however, comes with an impressively efficient hybrid powertrain. The EPA estimates that the Insight gets around 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which makes the Insight one of the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy.

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For 2021, the Insight won't see big changes, and that's fine by us. We've given the Insight high marks in the past for comfort, interior space and build quality, so we're happy it'll carry over mostly unchanged.

The small changes for the 2021 Insight come in the form of added safety tech. All models are equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, but the higher trims (EX and Touring) are now fitted with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Last year, these systems weren't available on the Insight, even as options. Already our top pick among hybrid sedans, the 2021 Honda Insight just got even better.


Is the Honda Insight a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Insight both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Insight fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Insight gets an EPA-estimated 48 mpg to 52 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Insight ranges from 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Insight. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda Insight?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda Insight:

  • Blind-spot alert with cross-traffic monitor now standard on EX and Touring trims
  • Part of the third Insight generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Honda Insight reliable?

To determine whether the Honda Insight is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Insight. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Insight's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda Insight a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda Insight is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Insight and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Insight is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda Insight?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda Insight is the 2021 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,930.

Other versions include:

  • EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $24,810
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $28,840
  • LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $22,930
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What are the different models of Honda Insight?

If you're interested in the Honda Insight, the next question is, which Insight model is right for you? Insight variants 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). For a full list of Insight models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda Insight

2021 Honda Insight Overview

The 2021 Honda Insight is offered in the following submodels: Insight Sedan. 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). Honda Insight models are available with a 1.5 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 151 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Honda Insight comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Honda Insight comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Honda Insight?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda Insight and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Insight 4.6 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 2021 Insight.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda Insight and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Insight featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Honda Insight?

2021 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 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 $23,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $391 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $391 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,554.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 1.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

2021 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2021 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 $29,855. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $144 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $144 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,711.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 0.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Honda Insights are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Honda Insight for sale near. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Honda Insight.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2021 Honda Insight?

2021 Honda Insight EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
52 compined MPG,
55 city MPG/49 highway MPG

2021 Honda Insight Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
48 compined MPG,
51 city MPG/45 highway MPG

2021 Honda Insight LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
52 compined MPG,
55 city MPG/49 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG52
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.5 L
Passenger Volume112.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase106.3 in.
Length183.6 in.
Height55.6 in.
Curb Weight3000 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda Insight?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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