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2011 Honda Insight Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Honda Insight Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, For consumers seeking a dedicated, reasonably priced hybrid, Honda has created the Insight. The Insight is a sedan that is the least expensive in the US car market. Much like the Prius by Toyota, the Insight compact offering is nicely priced. However, this vehicle does have issues, particularly that its fuel economy is subpar at 40/43 miles per gallon, for a hybrid.

There has been much speculation that Honda will boost the Insight’s battery range and electric motor output in an attempt to improve fuel economy. How that would be possible, while keeping the price down is unclear. Other areas that will likely be addressed include the suppression of wind noise and road vibration. Look out for more details in the fall of 2010.

The Insight has Honda’s integrated motor assist system that includes a 10-kilowatt electric engine joined to a 1.3 Liter 4 cylinder offering that offers 98 hp. The Insight has a 5-passenger configuration, front-drive, and it comes in two trims: the EX and LX. The EX configuration has a number of niceties like a navigation system and Bluetooth features. Still, the vehicle has issues with subpar noise damping, vibration, and the mediocre ride that it delivers. It has a relatively poor reputation, and diminished sales. Rumor has it that the 2011 model will address all of the latter issues however, so an improved Insight hybrid is definitely in the offing for those consumers looking for a decent vehicle.

Skinny, 15-inch wheels and a narrow, Kamm back profile give Insight great aerodynamics but leave it susceptible to wind gusts and grooved roads. EX models receive alloy wheels and side mirrors with imbedded turn signals. The Insight’s instruments are fun and futuristic. Legroom is decent in the rear seats, but shoulder room is tight. EX models receive paddle shifters and cruise control. Bluetooth is available on EX via the optional navigation system.

Insight feels light and tight on the road, but suffers from poor NVH isolation and a rough ride. A paddle-shift enabled CVT does offer the pretense of sportiness, but the Insight is slow, particularly in ECO mode, and fun-to-drive only for those with good imaginations. EPA fuel economy numbers can be achieved with diligence and compromises to driving enjoyment and passenger comfort. All seats have three point seatbelts. Driver and passenger have dual stage, multi threshold front and front side airbags. Outboard passengers have side curtain airbags. ABS and EBD come standard; stability control available only on EX.

Bodystyle: Compact
Engine: 1.3L I-4 and electric motor
Transmissions: CVT
Models: LX, EX

EPA Fuel Economy
40 mpg city/43 mpg highway

Price : $18,200 – $21,490

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