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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Honda Insight

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Expert's Rating

4.3Excellent

MPG 41 City / 44 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Backseat folds flat
  • Spacious cabin
  • Doesn't drive like a Hybrid
Cons
  • No standard backup camera
  • Front seats somewhat low-slung

Introduction

The Insight is powered by Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system, which is a combination of a 1.3-liter gas engine and a 13-hp electric motor, all attached to a continuously variable transmission. The engine and motor combined generate 98-hp and 123-lb.ft of torque, and provide 40-plus mpg fuel economy. The base trim offers six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry and a two-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary input. The LX trim adds floor mats, cruise control with steering wheel controls, a security system and a four-speaker CD audio system with USB interface. The EX trim adds alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. A voice activated navigation system with FM traffic and a rearview camera is available on the EX trim.For 2012, the Insight has been refreshed inside and out including aerodynamic changes which improve the fuel economy by 1 mpg.

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