Two years ago, Honda launched its Insight subcompact hybrid hatchback to high hopes. Regrettably, the company saw its hopes for soaring sales of its mild hybrids dashed, with the Insight selling less than half the projected number--largely because it suffered in comparison to its showroom stablemate, the Honda Fit. Both cars were five-door hatchbacks of about the same size, but the Fit is far more flexible inside, holds more people and cargo, gets real-world gas mileage of about 30 mpg, and cost more than $3,000 less.
For 2012, Honda has refreshed and updated the Insight, with revised front styling, a nicer interior, and improved gas mileage. The combined EPA rating is now 42 mpg, made up of 41 mpg city and 44 mpg highway--all of those numbers 1 mpg higher than last year's Insight ratings.
This brings the Insight slightly closer to the 44 mpg combined rating for the larger and more luxurious 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, which uses an all-new lithium-ion battery pack while the Insight...
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