...The 2011 Honda Insight offers a new affordable approach to the hybrid market with its new Base trim.
...Exterior features include: Optional alloy wheels Optional turn-signal lights in the side mirrors Interior The Insight seats five and its interior volume qualifies it as a compact car. Cloth is the only interior option as leather isn ' t offered. The rear seat folds to increase the cargo area. Interior features include: Standard air conditioning and automatic climate control Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel Standard stereo MP3 jack Optional cruise control Optional USB input for the stereo Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls...
...The gas engine is good for 88 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor chips in 13 hp and 58 lb-ft. Due to varying power peaks, the maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. At our test track, the Insight accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 10.9 seconds -- a few tenths slower than the Prius, but a substantial 2.6 seconds quicker than the glacial Civic Hybrid. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 40 mpg city/43 mpg highway and 41 mpg combined. Safety: Every 2011 Honda Insight comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes (front disc, rear...
...Backseat legroom is an inch less than the Civic's and Fit's, but I figured I could tolerate it for short trips. My knees were raised, but the seat didn't feel as low as the front's. The floor isn't totally flat, like the Civic's, but the center floor hump is pretty small. There are three seat belts back there, but it's functionally a two-passenger backseat. Throw a child seat in there and I'm not sure you could add more than one adult. For what it's worth, though, the incidence of true three-passenger backseats is pretty slim in today's cars. Interior Quality Honda has been ahead of the curve...
With the new and more fuel-efficient Honda Fit hatchback now on sale, the Japanese carmaker is slimming down its lineup a bit. For 2015, it has eliminated three low-selling... read more July 29, 2014 by John Voelcker
61 mpg. That's the figure everyone will want to know, so that's the one I'm starting with. 61 mpg is what I've managed so far from the 2001 Honda Insight I bought back in... read more July 28, 2014 by Antony Ingram
Which hybrid cars accumulate the most mileage over time? According to a new data analysis, there's one hybrid that stands head and shoulders above the rest--and it's not the... read more June 12, 2014 by John Voelcker
Japanese automaker Honda has been in the hybrid game from the very start, releasing the quirky, two-seat Insight back in 1999. Since then, the company has sold a variety of... read more March 24, 2014 by Antony Ingram
If you've been reading Green Car Reports over the past week, you might have seen we recently bought a 2001 Honda Insight--an example of one of the first hybrids sold by a... read more March 20, 2014 by Antony Ingram