It has been said that “three is a charm,” and in the example of the 2019 Honda Insight, the all-new charm is certainly a bright one. The 2019 Insight is larger than before with proportions rivaling the popular Honda Civic sedan. Roomy and efficient, the Honda Insight is a conventional hybrid with standard active safety features.
What's New For 2019
The 2019 Honda Insight is an all-new compact sedan, which launches the third generation of this venerable nameplate. The first-generation hybrid was offered from 2000 to 2006. The second-generation model rolled out in 2010 and lasted through 2014. The latest Insight features the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system.
The original Insight was the first gasoline-electric hybrid available for the North American market, beating the Toyota Prius by six months. But the rest is history as the Prius line dominates the market.
Choosing Your Honda Insight
Powering the 2019 Honda Insight is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 107 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of torque. When combined with one of the two electric motors that work with the engine, total system performance is 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. A second motor serves as a generator that powers the electric propulsion motor, recharges the 60-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, or both. This model makes an EPA-estimated 55 miles per gallon city, 49 mpg highway, and 52 mpg combined, which are outstanding numbers for a compact hybrid.
Unlike most hybrid models, the Insight operates without a transmission. Instead, power turns the front wheels through an engine control unit that oversees the engine and the electric motors.
The 2019 Insight is available in LX, EX, and Touring trims. Honda says the new model is “positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda's passenger car lineup.” Yet, it's priced much closer to the Accord, but it begins about where we’d expect it to.
All models come with the Honda Sensing safety package. This suite of driver-assist features includes lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition. A rearview camera system is also standard.
There are no other packages with the Insight, as each trim builds on the one before it, adding or improving features.
The base model for the 2019 Honda Insight has price appeal, but it lacks some of the tech features we expect in new cars today, including full smartphone integration. The EX trim is the logical place to shop as it resolves the tech problem and adds remote start and Honda LaneWatch. This time, we think Honda will stick with the Insight as it's built on the Civic’s 10th-generation architecture and has a style that’s no longer polarizing.
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