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The Insight is available in three trim levels. The base Insight comes standard with a 1.3-liter gas-electric Integrated Motor Assist system with a combined 98 horsepower rating, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Also standard are power windows, locks and mirrors, 15-inch wheels, trip computer, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control with air conditioning two-speaker audio system with CD player and AUX input and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The LX model adds cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, alarm with remote keyless entry, front map lights, and a USB input. The top-level EX adds 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, steering-wheel mounted paddles and auto on/off headlights. The EX also offers a Navigation package that includes a touchscreen navigation system with backup camera.
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The Toyota Prius liftback is the Insight's primary competitor. It gets superior fuel economy, has more interior room, but costs more. The Honda Civic Hybrid has a more spacious interior and stronger engine but lacks the versatile hatchback configuration and costs more. The Toyota Prius C has a lower base price and promise of higher fuel economy, but it's more cramped inside than the Insight. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is much more spacious, efficient and quicker, but is much more expensive.
The Insight, therefore, occupies the low end of the hybrid market for people who want the best fuel economy for the smallest initial outlay. It's a versatile car with seating for five and while it doesn't have the best fuel economy figures of any hybrid, you would never call it a gas guzzler. The Insight is worth a look if you really want do drive a hybrid.
The base Insight comes well-equipped for a small hatchback. It starts with the Insight's 1.3-liter gas engine combined with an electric motor assist system for a combined 98 horsepower. It combines with a continuously variable transmission, as well as front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control and antilock brakes. Power windows, locks and mirrors are standard, as is a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, 15-inch wheels, LED brake lights, air conditioning with automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a two-speaker audio system with CD player and AUX input.
The EX is the best equipped Insight that doesn't cost a lot of money when compared to other hybrids. The top-spec Insight gets standard features such as 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power side mirrors with turn indicators, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, driver and passenger's side front seatback pockets, vanity mirrors for both sun visors and auto on/off headlights. The navigation package on the EX w/Navigation adds Honda's touchscreen navigation system that includes voice activation, FM traffic and a backup camera.
The LX comes better equipped with features left off the base Insight. These features include cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, alarm system with engine immobilizer, front center armrest with a storage console, floor mats, map lights and Honda's MID multimedia infotainment system that includes an iPod/USB interface for the four-speaker audio system.
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Very fuel efficient and relatively spacious, but upper trims get expensive.
More powerful hybrid powertrain, but sedan body style limits versatility.
Inexpensive to buy with impressive mileage figures, but interior is cheap.