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2011 Honda Insight

  • 2011 Honda Insight Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      43
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      98/123
    • ENGINE
      1.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,200
  • 2011 Honda Insight EX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      43
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      98/123
    • ENGINE
      1.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,490
  • 2011 Honda Insight LX Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      43
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      98/123
    • ENGINE
      1.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,900
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2011 Honda Insight Review

Cheap hybrid that doesn't deliver on driving essentials

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda Insight is a hybrid hatchback that accommodates five passengers comfortably. Powered by Honda's integrated motor assist system that includes a 10-kilowatt electric engine joined to a 1.3 liter 4 cylinder engine that offers 98 horsepower in conjunction with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Insight is a reasonably-priced front-wheel drive compact.

The Honda Insight offers three trim levels: Base, LX, and EX. The EX configuration has a number of attractive features, such as a navigation system and Bluetooth. However, the vehicle has issues with subpar noise damping, vibration, mediocre ride, and poor fuel economy for a hybrid at 40 mpg city/43 mpg highway. The standard safety features on the hybrid are adequate.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Honda Insight gets standard stability control and a new base model, which lowers the base price but some features are sacrificed. The LX trim benefits from new standard features, such as a center console storage unit, cruise control, and iPod audio.

Essentials

Engine: 1.3L I-4 and electric motor
Transmission: CVT
Body Style: Hatchback
Trims: Base Hatchback, LX Hatchback, EX Hatchback

On the Outside

While the Insight has good aerodynamics, it is susceptible to wind gusts and grooved roads with its skinny, 15-inch wheels and a narrow back profile. EX trim has alloy wheels and side mirrors with embedded turn signals.

From the Inside

The Insight's futuristic instrumentation is fun, but shoulder room is tight, while legroom is adequate in the rear. The EX trim has paddle shifters and cruise control as standard, and Bluetooth is optional via the navigation system, which is also optional.

Driving Performance

While the Honda Insight is somewhat light and tight on the road, it suffers from excessive road noise and a harsh ride. The CVT with a paddle shifter offers the spirit of sportiness, but the Insight is slow, particularly in economy mode. If EPA fuel economy numbers are achieved, it's at the expense of driving enjoyment and passenger comfort.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features for the Honda Insight include three point seat belts for all passengers; driver and passenger dual stage, multi threshold front and front side airbags; and outboard passenger side curtain airbags. Stability control, ABS and EBD are also standard.

Gas Mileage

All trims: 40 mpg city/43 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Low price tag
  • Cool gauge cluster

Minuses

  • Noisy
  • Coarse ride
  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Dull performance

Rating

Cheap hybrid that doesn't deliver on driving essentials

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