The Honda Insight returned in 2019 with an all-new, more mainstream look. Since then, it’s remained mostly the same, and other than a few new safety features, this will continue in the 2021 Insight.
When the Honda Insight returned in 2019, it wowed experts with this mainstream look that was a far cry from its funky design it left us within 2014. This new Honda Civic-based hybrid boasts all the refined touches of its donor car, plus it adds an Accord-inspired grille to enhance its more mature attitude. This design remains the same in the 2021 Insight.
Inside, the 2021 Honda Insight again strays from the Civic in an attempt to deliver a more refined look. It includes an Accord-inspired steering wheel, a push-button transmission interface, a floating infotainment screen, and tasteful touches of metallic-look trim.
Under its hood, the 2021 Insight continues with a 107-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine paired with a 129-hp electric motor that produces 151 combined hp. There is no traditional transmission in this Honda Two-Motor hybrid system, as the electric motor acts as a sort of electric transmission. This results in fuel economy ratings of up to 55 miles per gallon city, 49 highway, and 52 combined in the LX and EX trims. The Touring trim falls to 51 mpg city, 45 city, and 48 combined
The current Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to “Good” crash tests across the board, “Good” headlights, and a “Superior” rated standard automatic emergency braking system. Other standard safety gear includes adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition. The 2021 Insight will build upon this by adding blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on EX and higher trims, which already include standard active lane control.