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2019 Honda Insight: Preview, Pricing, Release Date & Photos

, Senior Pricing Analyst - March 26, 2018
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Honda is bringing back the Insight nameplate for the 2019 model year. Having been shelved following 2014 after a 15 year run, the Japanese automaker is reintroducing the model with a complete redesign featuring the latest technology.

In terms of styling, the Insight shares a lot in common with the Civic Sedan, but benefits from a more distinctive rear-end. It essentially takes over for the Civic Hybrid, which was discontinued after 2015. The car should not be confused with the Accord Hybrid, which is being redesigned for 2018 based on the latest version of the Accord.

Insight buyers will be able to choose from 3 trims: LX, EX and Touring. The LX will come well-equipped with premium features like LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start and more. Notable extras in the EX include a more advanced 8-inch touchscreen audio system, two more speakers, and proximity key. The Touring gets you 17-inch alloys, a moonroof, leather seats, navigation, 4G LTE hotspot capability, a 10-speaker audio system and more.

2019 Honda Insight

Under the hood, all versions of the Insight will feature a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine mated to an electric motor producing a combined 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. In terms of horsepower, that puts the car slightly below the regular Civic's 2.0-liter base engine that makes 158 hp, but well above the 121 hp rating of the Toyota Prius.

As far as fuel economy, Honda says the Insight will earn an estimated 55 mpg in city driving. Highway and combined ratings have not yet been published. For reference, the 2018 Toyota Prius is rated at between 54 and 58 mpg city (52 and 56 mpg overall) depending on whether you choose the standard version or the more efficient Eco model.

Safety should be a strong selling point for the Insight, with both Honda Sensing and a multi-angle rearview camera standard on all versions. Honda Sensing, normally a $1,000 option in the case of the Civic LX, includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more.

Check back for a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Honda Insight is scheduled to go on sale early this summer.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. That said, shoppers should expect the car to fall between the regular has Civic (from $20,530) and the larger Accord (from $24,460). We think it's likely that the car will start just above $23,000.

Key competitors will include the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

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2019 Honda Insight

2019 Honda Insight

2019 Honda Insight

2019 Honda Insight

2019 Honda Insight

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