Buyer's Guide

2022 Honda Insight
Select a Different Model (2 Available): EX Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 55 / 49 mpg
Horsepower 151@6,000
Torque 197@5,000
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2022 Honda Insight MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Strong safety scores
  • Smart interior packaging

Cons

  • Unrefined transmission
  • Not as efficient as a Prius

The original Insight was an ungainly hatchback before Honda discontinued it in 2014. For 2019, Honda transformed the Insight into a sleek sedan for buyers who want something a little more stylish than a Toyota Prius. In addition to the popular Prius, the Insight competes with a wide range of other mainstream hybrid cars including the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, Kia Niro, and Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

For the 2022 model year, Honda has discontinued the LX, which was previously the base trim.

What We Think

The Insight's exceptionally smooth ride and capable handling make it one of the best compact sedans on the market today. Taking a page from the Civic, the interior features a thoughtful design and clever storage solutions. On long trips, we appreciate the quick-to-engage, easy-to-use adaptive cruise control, one of many standard driver assist features on this car.

We just have one complaint. Honda needs to improve the tuning of the CVT transmission, which causes the Insight to roar at high rpm while merging on the freeway or climbing a hill. As it is now, the loud, grainy engine mars what should be a quiet hybrid experience.

The Insight isn't just an excellent hybrid sedan, it's an excellent sedan, period. Strong fuel economy and engaging dynamics make this a good pick, perhaps an even stronger pick than the Civic.

Performance and Fuel Economy

On every Honda Insight, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor produce a total system output of 152 hp. This power is routed through a CVT automatic. In our tests, the Insight completed the 0-60 mph run in 7.3 seconds.

EX models achieve 55/49 mpg city/highway, while Touring models drop off significantly to 51/45 mph, according to EPA figures. In our experience, real-world fuel economy is a bit lower than expected. To compare the Insight with a key rival, the 2022 Elantra Hybrid is EPA-rated at 53/56 mpg or 49/52 mpg, depending on the trim.

Safety Ratings and Features

Earning a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the Honda Insight is one of the safest sedans on sale today. This rating includes five stars in all individual crash tests, including front crashes, side crashes, and rollovers. Additionally, the IIHS named the Insight a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, the agency's highest award.

The 2022 Honda Insight comes with a generous suite of standard safety features. These include collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Honda Insight has a spacious interior. As we discovered in our year-long test, the sedan can fit surfboards up to 6-foot-2. One time, it moved an entire apartment in two trips. The Insight has about the same amount of legroom as the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, and more cargo space.

Cargo space:

Honda Insight: 15.1 cubic feet
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: 14.2 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

Honda Insight: 42.3/37.4 inches
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: 42.3/38.0 inches

Technology

Now that Honda has eliminated the LX trim, the Insight comes standard not with a tiny 5.0-inch infotainment screen, but an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-speaker audio system is also standard, while a 10-speaker system is available. Other available features include satellite-linked navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Trim Levels

Honda offers just two trim levels on the Insight: the EX and Touring. Prices range from just over $26,000 on the EX to more than $30,000 on the Touring.

EX: LED headlights, driver's seat with manual height adjustment, cloth seats, remote engine start, eight-speaker audio, 8.0-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, HD Radio

Touring: heated front seats, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, HondaLink subscription services

Is There a Honda Civic Hybrid?

Honda discontinued the Civic Hybrid after the 2015 model year, citing the sporty character of the then-new tenth-generation Civic. It's unclear if Honda will revive the model anytime soon here in the U.S., but we've heard rumors of a potential hybridized Civic Type R.

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2022 HONDA INSIGHT SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic
Trim
EX Sedan
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
151@6,000
Standard MPG
55/49
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Honda announces a College Graduate Down Payment Assistance Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$500 Honda announces a Military Appreciation Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022