Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 Review - New Car Reviews 2014

Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 Review

Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 Review. While fuel-efficient and reliable, the Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 doesn’t quite measure up to its archrival, the Toyota Prius. Thrifty fuel economy; low price for a hybrid.

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While its fuel-economy figures are less astounding than those posted by the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 is still a gas-sipping wonder. And its price of entry is not so steep that buyers have to wonder if they’ll live to see the payback in gasoline savings. I am always surprised to see so few (I should say rarely) Insights on the road. Toyota Prius seem to be the only hybrid people think of. Not only the Prius is expensive, I am not so sure it’s a better car: Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 dashboard is better and the possibility of disabling the automatic traction(not available in the Prius) in case of getting stuck in the snow is a plus in the Northeast.

I compared several vehicles that met my requirements in a new vehicle and the Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 showed up. I had never heard of one before. Perhaps it is so unknown because Honda does not promote it. Few people are familiar with it but it meets my needs perfectly. I do not think most of the criticisms of it are fair. It is not noisy. It is comfortable. It runs smoothly and the gas mileage is terrific. The AC does turn off when the engine stops at lights, etc. but that is overcome by moving the car into Park which I do in our recent 100 degree weather. It is fun to drive. I am not a car nut. I expect my vehicles to get me where I am going as cheaply as possible. TheHonda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 LX does that.


The Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 is propelled by a hybrid system comprising a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The gas engine is good for 88 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor contributes 13 hp and 58 lb-ft. Due to varying power peaks, the maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Power flows to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In testing, the Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.8 seconds, identical to the Prius C. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 41 mpg city/44 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

The base Honda Insight Hybrid Hatchback 2013 starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,290, while a top-line EX with navigation goes for $24,480.


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