The 2020 Honda Insight is a Honda Civic-sized sedan with Toyota Prius-like fuel efficiency. It receives no major updates following last year's complete redesign. The exterior doesn’t shout “hybrid” like its corporate mate, the Honda Clarity, and the Insight has excluded few features for an upscale approach – which is much different than the first two Insight generations.
Choosing Your Honda Insight
The Honda Insight is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX, and Touring. Pricing starts at $23,860 including destination for the LX and climbs to $29,270 for the Touring.
The Insight is solely available with a hybrid system that combines a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, Honda's two-motor system, an electronic continuously variable transmission, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Together, the system combines for 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque, while power is sent to the front wheels.
The Insight achieves an EPA-estimated 55 miles per gallon city, 49 mpg highway, and 52 combined. The Touring trim receives slightly lower ratings of 51/45/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Insight offers seating for five, although the middle seat accommodations in the back are tight. LX and EX trims offer 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, while it drops to 14.7 cubic feet on the Touring. The rear-seat back folds down for longer items on the EX and Touring trims.
The Insight shares many chassis components with the Honda Civic and posts nearly identical dimensions of 183.6 inches long, 71.6 inches wide, 55.6 inches tall, and a 106.3-inch wheelbase. The battery pack doesn’t interfere with rear-seat leg room, which checks in at 37.4 inches.
All Insight trims receive automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and road departure mitigation.
The EX and Touring receive Honda’s LaneWatch system, which takes blind-spot monitoring to the next level by displaying a view of the passenger side road way on the center screen.
The Insight achieves a five-star overall rating from NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
A 5-inch LCD screen is standard alongside Bluetooth, Pandora radio compatibility, and one USB port on the LX. The EX and Touring receive an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and SiriusXM capability and one additional USB port. The Touring also gets navigation and wi-fi hotspot capability.
The Insight LX's exterior is equipped with LED headlights with automatic high beams, LED taillights, heated mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Notable interior features include automatic climate control, push-button start, and a 7-inch digital driver display.
Outside of the aforementioned extra safety and connectivity features, the EX trim gains a rear-seat center armrest, proximity entry with walk-away automatic locking, and remote start.
The Touring trim adds leather seating, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a four-way power passenger's seat. An auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels complete the list of notable upgrades.
The 2020 Honda Insight is big on efficiency and does so without the styling quirkiness of most hybrids in this price range. The EX brings way more safety and connectivity features without a big price hike over the LX, so it's where we'd start our search.