Honda’s hybrid game has recently been ratcheted up with a trio of impressive offerings including this – their most affordable one – the all-new Insight.
Insight, Accord, Clarity; three gasoline-electric hybrids of various sizes and types that achieve mileage that’ll significantly reduce your visits to the gas station. And with a starting price of $23,725 including destination, the Insight is high efficiency that is in reach. Better yet, this car erases the memories of previous Honda Insights – a little loved car that never quite got it right. This one, however, is worthy of your money. As a matter of fact, Honda’s made this a bargain. Take the brilliant foundation of the Civic and pair it with Honda’s latest 2-motor hybrid system and what you get is a highly engineered, spacious sedan that feels great from the behind the wheel while returning as much as 55mpg.
If you find the Clarity’s post-apocalyptic design too harsh for your eyes, the Insight is an excellent alternative. Of course, the Clarity has the benefit of a plug and a slightly more upscale interior, but the Insight’s more restrained styling is pleasing and its build quality and features transcend its price. Plus, it actually delivers a premium, fun-to-drive experience…with a small hybrid asterisk but more about that in a bit.
Perhaps better than any, Honda understands the intangibles that create a car to driver relationship. The way you enter, how the seat sits in relation to the greenhouse, the feeling of the steering wheel, the excellent visibility, the ease of use…you instantly know when you’ve entered a Honda because it just feels right. The Insight possesses all of those attributes with a couple of caveats…this car sits a little lower so it’s good to be young and why Honda doesn’t recognize height adjustable passenger seats is a mystery.
It comes in LX, EX and like this, the high-end Touring trim elevating with leather, heated front seats, moonroof, Wi-Fi, navigation, dual zone climate control, a premium 10-speaker audio system, and LED fog lights. It presents itself as very well equipped belying its low $28,985 price. Unfortunately, if you want all of these goodies you have to be willing to take a hit at the pump. The Insight Touring is rated at 48mpg in combined driving as opposed to the other models’ 52mpg. Total driving range is still over 500 miles.