My review on Honda Insight LX 2019. The electric motor has a surprisingly fast response time and is able to engage the front wheels from a stopped position without hesitation. Combined with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine the hybrid transmission provides enough power to drive this hybrid sedan even on the highway.
The car consumes fuel sparingly, 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers (5.2 liters in the city and 4.9 liters on the highway).
Nothing in the cabin seems low or even average. All the materials seem durable and pleasing to the eye. The exclusive finish has a stunning leather upholstery that is well sewn and the fabric upholstery on the lower planks still looks nice and pleasant to the touch.
Switching between conventional brakes and regenerative brakes of the hybrid system is surprisingly smooth. Brakes create a sense of reliability and safety.
The load capacity is massive and well-designed. Honda is playing smart by placing the battery pack under the back seats rather than in the luggage compartment where it could eat up a ton of precious space. Although the subwoofer in the trim takes up a little free space this is not a big loss.
In the past Honda has struggled to make certain technical features user-friendly. On the 2019 Honda Insight they were significantly improved. Not only are many infotainment features standard (such as smartphone app integration, music streaming via Pandora, a polygonal rear-view camera, and Bluetooth connectivity), but they are displayed on a well-functioning and easy-to-use 8-inch touch screen. It seems that Honda has really listened to its customers and made significant efforts to improve its technology.
In addition to the long list of technical features Honda Insight also has a number of useful additional security features. This includes a forward collision warning and avoidance system, automatic high beams, lane assist, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control and a function that reads road signs. Some of the vehicle’s competitors don’t offer them as standard features in their lineup and adding them can be expensive. The fact that Honda is wrapping them in a price tag is a good gesture.
A long ride in the Honda Insight is a pleasure due to the comfort that drivers and passengers can experience in the well-equipped front and rear seats. There is lumbar support and the seats are wide enough to accommodate people of all sizes. With plenty of head and foot space in the back, the seats are very comfortable.
The car doesn’t have many downsides. The biggest one is probably the fact that the engine can make a noise when accelerating. The engine has a tendency to buzz and the noise seeps into the cabin. The hum of the engine takes some getting used to but it is not noticeable in normal road situations.
|EPA Classification||Compact Cars|
|MPG/MPGe||49 Highway / 55 City|
|Engine||Gas/Electric I-4 1.5L/91 cu in|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
Starting MSRP $22,930.00
Destination Charge $955.00
Dealer Suggested Retail $23,885.00
The car is surely worth the money paid.
- Rapid acceleration.
- Excellent fuel economy.
- High-quality interior design.
- Smooth braking.
- Comfortable seat.
- Numerous additional safety features.
- The engine may become loud at high acceleration.
- No USB ports for rear seat passengers.