HONDA Insight

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HONDA Insight
HONDA Insight   2018 2022
2018 2022

While most of the hybrids available looked weird, the Honda Insight gave no apparent hint that it was a hybrid, aside for the badge at the rear.
More attractive than most of the sedans, the Insight sported design cues taken from the sibling Accord.

Based on a Civic platform, the sedan borrowed the roof and the rear quarter panels, while the rest was unique and specific to the Insight.

Inside, the quiet cabin was fitted with a standard active noise cancellation system. Even in the entry level, the Insight sported soft to touch materials and a 5-inch display, while the upper trim levels even featured fancy seats with perforated leather.

The top of the range had heated seats, and while extremely comfortable and suitable for long journeys, lumbar support adjustment was not available.

The roomy cabin offered great space for all occupants and was equipped with numerous large storage spaces. To enhance convenience, and USB and a wireless charging pad were part of the package.

Fitted with a 1.5-liter Atkinson-Cycle 4-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery pack and Honda’s two motor hybrid drive system, the Insight offered a reduced fuel consumption.

The available driving modes offered the possibility to cover up miles using only electricity, besides the Normal and the Sport mode which offered a quicker acceleration response.

Another great feature was the possibility of adjusting the regenerative braking intensity using the shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel: left for more intense and right for less intense.

The cargo space was generous and with the batteries placed under the rear seats, they folded like normal seats, extending the trunk’s capacity.

The base trim level was very well equipped with numerous safety features part of the Honda Sensing: dynamic cruise control, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

Other features included automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, a multi-angle back-up camera, remote engine start, blind spot camera and smart entry with walk away lock.

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HONDA Insight insight
HONDA Insight insight  2012 2014
2012 2014

In 2011, the Honda Insight got facelifted, coming with both aesthetic and functional changes.
The exterior got bigger air intakes, new head and taillights, redesigned rims, a new grille with a blue stripe, thinner rear lip spoiler to facilitate rear view and other small adjustments.

The interior has new seats that offer more passenger room, larger cupholders, new rear camera, refreshed gauge cluster as well as more sound insulation. Mechanically, the 2011 Honda Insight comes with improved aerodynamics as well as an updated powertrain which reduces parts friction, all counting in for a 1 mpg increased fuel economy.

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HONDA Insight
HONDA Insight   2009 2012
2009 2012

10 years later after revealing their first hybrid, Honda launched the new Insight in 2009.
Many have said that the new Insight was much like the Toyota’s Prius, however, it was actually based on their first Insight, borrowing many of its characteristics.

The Insight had a futuristic and simple design, offering high visibility to the driver. It seems like the model was mostly thought for comfort, having a low driving position with extremely comfortable seats. The controls were simple, logical and intuitive.

Honda created a system to encourage the drivers to drive in an economical way. The Insight had an “eco” button that when pressed would guide the driver on how to drive in order to obtain a good score. Yes, you read it well, it actually gave the drivers a final score. The speed-o-meter was interactive, colored with blue and green. The blue color showed a polluting driving mode, blue and green – a relatively polluting driving mode and of course, green, the adequate way to drive.

The Insight was impressively safe, scoring 5 out of 5 at the Euro NCAP crash test. It was equipped with ABS, ESP, as well as driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags.

The Honda Insight was not very popular and it mostly attracted buyers who wanted to show a bit of empathy to the environment.

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HONDA Insight
HONDA Insight   1999 2006
1999 2006

In 1999, Honda tried to launch a highly fuel-efficient vehicle with a gas-electric powerplant under the hood, but it was not a revolution.
Toyota got a better start with the Prius, which was launched in late 1997. Honda waited for another two years and introduced the first generation of the Insight in 1999. It was designed as a commuter car and advertised with a very optimistic fuel-efficiency. Its problem was that, in real life, a Civic was almost as economical as the Insight, but it offered four doors.

The soap-like coupe was intriguing and attracted a lot of attention to it when Honda introduced it on the North American market. Its tear-drop like headlights and futuristic look was unusual for those times. After the long hood, compared to the car’s length, the raked windshield and the arched, short greenhouse made the vehicle looks like a toy. In the rear, the high mounted triangular taillights were very visible, and the introduction of a vertical glass panel on the liftgate greatly improved rear visibility.

Inside, the Insight featured a pair of bolstered seats at the front and a big shelf in the back, like a trunk. The part-digital, part-analog instrument cluster helped the driver get a smaller fuel consumption and constantly showed its efficiency.

Under the hood, the 1999 Insight featured a 3-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The assembly was paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Honda introduced a CVT in 2000.

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