2010 Honda Insight: First Drive

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2010 Honda Insight: Drive

Remember the South episode Smug? All the uppity drove around in whooshy cars that looked generic versions of the Toyota That distinctive shape has to define the Hybrid vehicle in the psyche more by luck intention; Toyota arrived at the for the Prius by working out the most way to package a traditional five-passenger The result looked like no before it.

The 2010 Honda takes the same approach unsurprisingly, arrives at a very answer. The Prius is actually aerodynamic than the Insight Cd vs. 28), despite the latter’s smaller frontal area, size and a significant effort by Honda in areas like the flat undertray.

If anything, the the better looking car, from its five year age, sharper lines and refined detailing.

In that South Park people drove Hybrids they wanted to feel they were doing No one seemed to have any idea that meant. They want to make any sacrifices to whatever that doing was, but they sure their discretionary purchases to their willingness to do it.

What the seeks to do is give people a way to be a of the solution, not the problem for less

But neither is the Toyota Prius is the economical vehicle on the block. to hypermiler Wayne Gerdes CleanMPG.com. Honda’s own European I-CTDI is capable of returning better fuel economy either hybrid.

Wayne to get 69.9 MPG out of the Insight while through a suburban area using any of his extreme hypermiling like massively over-inflated or coasting with the engine We’re hypermiling neophytes barely a fleeting interest in economy, yet last year we saw 73 MPG a Honda Civic I-CTDI .

Honda’s decision to offer the fuel efficient Insight in as opposed to the Prius-killing Civic can only have been for one reason: Americans wanted the efficient vehicle.

That’s not to say the Insight isn’t a good It is, and that, in our minds, is its biggest Drive a Prius for any reason than decent mileage and be massively disappointed by the experience. not all that slow, but it is unresponsive and

The brake pedal feels due to the regenerative system and the whole is just sorta lacking. In the Honda is actually somewhat fun to I mean, we’re not talking Type-R levels of hoonage but imagine a little bit heavier Fit and you wouldn’t be far off.

The Insight actually weighs Lbs, the current Prius 2,921 and the Fit weighs 2,359. strangeness comes from the which, due the minimal amount of sound deadening used, to a raucous engine. Put your down and the tinny sounding invades the cabin at a steady it doesn’t sound like acceleration.

Honda doesn’t a 0-60 time yet, but it to be in 11-12 second range.

than that, the fancy is virtually unnoticeable. Honda has to great lengths to seamlessly the 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline and 10-kilowatt electric motor, have to be paying attention to the to tell when one is working and the not.

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The Insight is also a remarkably vehicle given its overall and low roofline. The giant hatch to nearly vertical, revealing a trunk and 60/40 seats fold nearly flat. legroom is a little cramped for and a little smaller than the but the Insight has 1.5cubic feet cargo room than the Prius. All the hybrid gubbins are integrated and stowed under the tire, which is under the cargo floor.

The fuel is under the rear seats.

The other big trick is the Eco Assist Like Ford with its Hybrid. Honda has acknowledged drivers are the biggest determining in its vehicles’ ability to sip gas.

The Eco system helps drivers more economically by giving the information and encouragement to do so, but also an Econ mode that a little help on the way. gauge set isn’t quite as as the Fusion Hybrid’s Smartgauge nor a …, but it is more intuitive, a simple speedo backlight glows green when being responsible, fading to blue as you use more fuel. also a complicated, and somewhat system of growing leaves help track your performance.

The Econ button is capable of the Insight about 10% more on its own. Think of it like for cars, evening out the peaks and of your throttle inputs, the engine off earlier when to a stop, running the A/C more and telling the cruise control to use throttle.

It’s a welcome aid for when you want to pay attention to driving while the gauges should drivers to do exactly that in the term.

Unlike that Park episode, we don’t this hybrid is going to to a Smug … capable of the world. Rather, it’s to allow people who want to be to drive a hybrid a cheaper way to their supposedly green immediately recognized by like-minded while giving buyers a driving, more practical than they likely for. Is it going to save the No.

But it is going to cash in the well-intentioned, but misguided desire a lot of people to do so in a big way.

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