The Honda Insight 2019 marks the return of special hybrid vehicles in the ranks of Japanese automakers. Unlike its predecessor, the third generation Insight is a traditional sedan, avoiding strange looks, such as spacecraft from its main competitor, the Toyota Prius. It starts with the appearance of Insight, which doesn’t shout anything other than the “compact sedan.” The first two generations of Insight are hybrids that see me; the first is a two-door hatchback complete with a wheel cover, and the second is an egg-shaped Prius fighter with a Prius-like appearance. The 2019 Insight is more mature than both, and dampens some of the current Civic’s look for a conservative view. Honda clearly acknowledged this and enthusiastically said that 2019 Insight is a car that “happens to be a hybrid.” Most are true too, with batteries that are easily charged under the rear seat and the style is actually neater than those not closely related. hybrid siblings, not much about Insight which will make it clear that it has been electrified – except for some strange characteristics.
Interior and Exterior
The Honda Insight 2019 is a compact hybrid front sedan that is placed under the mid-size Hybrid Accord. Three trims available.
LX: Basic LX equipped with automatic climate control, keyless and start entry, fabric upholstery, 5.0-inch screen, Bluetooth, single 1.0-amp USB port, six-speaker audio system, six-speaker audio system, 16-wheel alloy inches, LED headlights and rearview cameras.
EX: Moving to intermediate level EX adds two 2.5 amp USB ports, eight speaker audio system, middle armrest for rear seats, 8.0 inch touch screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Touring: The range-topping Touring model features LED fog lights, a 10-speaker audio system, navigation, leather seats, heated and heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, and two zone control climate.
Engine and Performance
Insight drives comfortably without urgency and produces impressive fuel economy, even with our heavy right legs. Starting from the average score, we reduce points due to lack of enthusiasm but give it back for competent trips. In numbers, the Insight is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 107 horsepower paired with an 129 hp electric motor. The combined output is 151 hp and 197 pound-foot of torque, although Honda’s approach to the hybrid powertrain may be somewhat new to buyers. The system called “two hybrid motors” mainly uses electric motors and batteries for propulsion, not gasoline engines. In certain circumstances, a battery-electric motor can power the Insight without a gasoline engine at all, or all three can work together to drive the front wheels.
The arrangement largely leaps over the need for all types of conventional transmissions – automatic or variable continuous automatic – and most lower the gasoline engine to work as an electric generator in most situations. The real difference for most drivers is that acceleration and gas engine activity are not directly proportional. Sometimes, the engine can be busier than expected, working hard to provide regeneration power to the hybrid system. At other times, the machine may seem too relaxed; hybrid systems have enough power to operate without inline-4. In any case, Insight is faster than other cars on the road, roughly in line with other affordable hybrids such as the Toyota Prius. Our informal testing pegs from 0-60 mph to about 10 seconds, but 0-30 mph is a little more impressive around the city than that figure shows.
Insight is equipped with EV, Sport and Econ modes which can predictably affect performance, although Sport mode feels out of place here. In our tests, tipping Insight into Sport made peppier throttle and engine speed higher (not to mention piping in some unnecessary engine noise into the cabin) but did not make the car faster. Switching to Econ mode relaxes the throttle response, but it doesn’t seem to push the car into all-electric mode more than normal.
The 2019 Insight receives a five-star overall rating from NHTSA (from a five-star possibility). IIHS gave this car a 2019 Top Safety ranking + after scores Good in all categories (Good is the highest score) and Superior on the front accident prevention test after avoiding the impact in tests 12 and 25 mph (Superior is the highest score for prevention of front accidents). Honda Sensing, a series of active driver assistance features, comes standard on all trims and includes forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, fixed line assistance, adaptive roaming control, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beam and departure lane warning . The EX Trim and Touring are standard with the LaneWatch Honda system, which uses a camera to display what’s on the right side of the car via the main touch screen.
Economical for a buzzy 1.5-liter engine, the Honda Insight 2019 is a hybrid that is well executed and approachable which seems very “normal” when you put it next to its two main rivals: the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq. With the standard active Honda Sensing safety technology, high-end arrangement, and robust construction, Honda should not experience many difficulties attracting the interest of prospective Civic buyers who might want to save one or two dollars for fuel here and there.
Honda may have a hard time positioning Insight against the Accord Hybrid, which starts at $ 25,995, including destinations in the US. Insight is well appreciated in the $ 23,725 LX base trim, but to get things like an 8-inch digital screen, you should at least choose the EX $ 24,955 model – and at that time, you kind of stepped on the toes of the basic specifications of $ 25,895 Accord Hybrid, which nets you a bigger car with some better equipment. If you want skin and sunroof at Insight, you see a vehicle for $ 28,985. Customers must decide which vehicle is more suitable for their needs, but if you look at Insight, you also need to check the larger Accord Hybrid.