On sale in the United States since last summer, the Insight is Honda’s alternative to the Toyota Prius.
It has an MSRP of $22,830, just $645 less than its rival, and combines a 1.5-liter engine with an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and an eCVT transmission.
The total output is 151 hp (153 PS / 112 kW) and it has a fuel economy rating of 55/49/52 mpg (4.3/4.8/4.5 l/100 km / 66/59/62 mpg UK) in city/highway/combined.
Standard equipment in the entry-level LX include LED lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, infotainment system with 5-inch screen and automatic climate control. Thus, even the most basic version of the Insight is well equipped.
So far, everything sounds promising. Consumer Reports, however, said that it has a few major issues that prevent them from recommending it over the Prius.
The uncomfortable driver’s seat, engine noise, odd interior design choices and the brand’s push-button gear selector are among the weak points. Some drivers will probably not appreciate the fact that the Insight is too low to the ground, too, as this makes ingress and egress a small challenge.
On the good side, though, the reviewer did appreciate the standard suite of driving assistance features,and the interior build quality, among others, in the test car that cost $28,090.
For the rest of his observations, we invite you to check out the short video review right below.