...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...
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