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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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