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3.3 (Good)

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2021 LX 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $23,130
2021 EX 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,010
2021 Touring 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $29,040

Overview

What's New

The 2021 Honda Insight shares its platform with the brand's Civic sedan. Despite its mainstream good looks, the Insight is a dedicated hybrid at heart with eye-opening efficiency.

The only change this year is the addition of blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert to the EX and Touring trims. The current Insight debuted in 2019.

Choosing Your Honda Insight

As before, the Honda Insight comes in three trims: LX, EX, and Touring. Pricing starts at $23,885 including destination for the LX and goes to $29,795 for the Touring.

Engine Choices

Every Insight is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. Combined output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels.

The Insight delivers an EPA-estimated 55 miles per gallon city, 49 mpg highway, and 52 combined. With its larger wheels and extra equipment, the Touring model is rated at 51/45/48 mpg (city/highway/combined). These figures place the Insight among the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Honda Insight is relatively spacious for a compact sedan, with room for five and a trunk with 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space (14.7 in the Touring). The standard folding rear seat opens up additional cargo-carrying possibilities.

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Safety Features

All Insight trims come standard with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The EX and Touring also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The passenger-side bind=spot area is displayed in the center screen, a feature Honda calls LaneWatch.

Front and rear parking sensors are available on all trims as a $515 dealer-installed accessory.

The Insight received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

Connectivity

The Honda Insight LX carries a disappointing 5-inch LCD screen and one USB port. Buyers have to move up to the midrange EX to get an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, satellite radio, and HD radio, as well as another USB port.

The Touring adds navigation and wi-fi hot spot capability.

Honda Insight

LX - From $23,885

The base LX trim carries a cloth interior with automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and push-button start. Outside are 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and heated mirrors.

EX - From $25,765

In addition to blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an 8-inch infotainment system, the EX adds remote start, proximity key access, an eight-speaker audio system, and a rear center armrest.

Touring - From $29,795

The Touring boasts several creature comforts over the lower two trims. It gets leather seating, a moonroof, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, a four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 10-speaker audio system. Buyers also get rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, and 17-inch wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Honda Insight in EX trim provides the equipment most buyers want while maintaining stellar efficiency. This makes it our pick of the lot.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Incredible fuel economy
  • Low base price
  • Very safe
Cons
  • Dull interior
  • Slower than we'd like
  • Low trims short on features
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Subtle efficiency. The 2021 Honda Insight is exactly what the current Toyota Prius isn't: subtle to the point of anonymity. To the casual onlooker, the Insight is just another Honda Accord.

Of course, that's a false narrative. The Honda Insight might look ordinary, but its hybrid powertrain ensures this sedan can manage up to 52 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA, making it one of the best hybrids on the market.

Thriftmaster. That 52 mpg combined figure is just the beginning of the story. Getting there requires the 107-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's mated up to a 129-hp electric motor. Combined output is 151 horsepower. Note: 107 and 129 don't add up to 151, but that's due to where each powerplant makes peak power.

In normal operation, the gas engine is there merely to drive the electric motor; only on the rare occasion does it step in to drive the front wheels. Such an arrangement means that the gas engine does need to rev up in order to generate the power required by the electric motor. This happens even when the Insight isn't moving all too quickly, resulting in a strange, disconcerting sensation of engine speed that isn't in sync with actual performance.

Move past that quirk and the Insight feels pretty ordinary, though fairly slow – our test car didn't hit 60 mph from a standstill until the nine-second mark.

The Insight offers multiple driving settings, including Sport and Eco. We couldn't discern any performance changes other than more noise in Sport and a more lethargic accelerator in Eco. The car was most acceptable and comfortable when driven in its default mode.

Most trims return an EPA-estimated 55 mpg city, 49 highway, and 52 combined. Opt for the fanciest trim with the bigger 17-inch wheels and fuel economy falls to 51/45/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Compared to its primary rivals, the Prius and Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, the Insight trails by a few mpgs. But no conventionally-powered car on the market will be able to measure up to any of these efficiency superstars.


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Safety first. How a car handles an accident or avoids one altogether has leveled the automotive field in a major way. Cheap or pricey, big or small, how safe a car is has become a major selling point. And on this front, the Honda Insight outperforms cars two or three times its price.

It starts with the right equipment. In this case, Honda gives every Insight automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition. Splurge on any of the pricier trims and blind-spot monitoring are also included.

What can't you get? Well, you won't be able to buy something like a surround-view camera. But that shouldn't be expected at this price point anyway. For the money, the safety features included with the Insight are a major win for buyers.

Along with the plentiful equipment, the Insight has also earned top scores from both the NHTSA and IIHS. The government awarded five stars for every category it tested, including multiple crash tests from various angles and offsets. The IIHS mirrored that scoring, giving the Honda top marks for its own battery of tests.

Going one step further, the IIHS also called the Insight a Top Safety Pick Plus. Even base models with the weaker headlights aced the stringent headlight tests of the IIHS. And the institute also rated the Insight's emergency braking performance as "Superior" between 12 and 25 mph.

It's an enviable resume, and one the Ioniq and Prius cannot match.

Homespun interior. The Insight isn't luxurious, and nor does it purport to be. But it is fairly comfortable, even if cheaper models lack some fancier features.

There's not much luxury here, and the design of the interior is rather dull. Base models even lack a touchscreen and get few features outside power controls and Bluetooth connectivity. However, they start at less than $23,000.

Move up a trim to the second-cheapest EX and things are much better; there's an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring, two USB ports, and split-folding seat backs. Keep moving up the ladder and soon you'll have an Insight Touring with navigation, leather, dual-zone climate control, and a moonroof.

We were also appeased by touches like the tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, supportive front seats, and decent rear leg room – 37 inches in the back seats is better than both the Ioniq and Prius.

Cargo space checks in at 15.1 cubic feet, which is pretty typical for the midsize sedan class. The 24.7 cubic feet available behind the seats of the hatchback Prius leaves the Insight in the dust, though. The Ioniq, also a hatchback, measures a few cubes shy of the Prius.

Final thoughts. There's nothing too fancy about the 2021 Honda Insight, and Honda's own Accord can be outfitted more lavishly for not a lot more money. But the affordable price and huge potential savings at the pump make the Insight a force to be reckoned with. For those who want a innocuous-looking sedan that's a master of efficiency, look no further.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 107 HP / 99 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
55 / 49 / 52 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 107 HP / 99 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
55 / 49 / 52 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
10.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$40
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
183.6 "
Exterior Width
71.6 "
Exterior Height
55.6 "
Front Headroom
39.3 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,987 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Dark Chrome Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Full Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Mitigation Braking System (cmbs) + Fcw Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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