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2009 Honda Insight

At a Glance

Pricing $19,800 - $23,100
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.3l I4 HEV
Transmissions CVT
Fuel Economy 40 (city), 43 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 43

Overview Information

Although comparisons to the Prius are obvious, the goal of the Insight is to bring the cost of a dedicated hybrid model down. The hybrid system used in the Insight may not be as complex as Toyota's but the results are similar. By pairing a 1.3L gas engine with a small electric motor, the Insight is able to earn an EPA rating of 40 mpg city, 43 mpg highway. The hybrid system in the Insight can run under electric power, but does so less often than in the Prius. The simplicity pays dividends in terms of weight savings, but more importantly in the price of the vehicle. A number of indicators in the instrumentation provide feedback and guidance on how to drive your hybrid to maximize mileage. The small five-door offers seating for five and a large useful hatch for cargo.

What Changed:

The Insight is an all-new dedicated hybrid model. It has seating for five in its five-door hatchback body style. The hybrid system in the insight pairs a 1.3L four cylinder with an electric motor to obtain fuel economy ratings of 40 city / 43 highway.

Official Word:

The all-new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid car made its world debut today at the North American International Auto Show. Utilizing the latest generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist(TM) (IMA(R)) hybrid technology and new, more cost-efficient production methods, the 2010 Insight defines a new stage in the evolution of hybrid technology, providing hybrid customers with a new level of affordability, fun-to-drive performance, and a U.S. EPA city/highway fuel-economy rating of 40/43 miles per gallon. The 2010 Insight...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Insight LX 1.3l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 40/43/41 43 $19,800
Insight EX 1.3l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 40/43/41 43 $21,300
Insight EX w/ Navi 1.3l I4 HEV (98-bhp) CVT FWD 40/43/41 43 $23,100