Honda Insight – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Honda Insight

A brilliant and achievement in engineering arrives stage, possibly before a audience.

January 2000

BY DAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFFREY G. RUSSELL

cars are to the auto industry art-house films are to movies. films explore the nuances of experience through the lens of a sensibility, but they usually do at the box office due to their lack of exploding lizards.

In a similar the new Honda Insight gas/electric is an esoteric achievement in automotive that few will appreciate and still will buy, mainstream American audiences all over themselves to see the next sport-utility vehicle.

Nonetheless, the Insight gets an in several categories. It is the cleanest Ultra Low-Emission Vehicle and then some), most-fuel-efficient city/highway, EPA mpg) gas-powered vehicle in the world. The two-seat, hatchback, sold here with a five-speed manual is also the first hybrid on the market (the Toyota sedan will arrive in 2000).

And with an initial production of 8000 units–4000 of bound annually for the U.S.–and a of about $20,000, the Insight also win the award for Least Vehicle. When asked if would be selling the Insight at a a company official rolled his and said, Yeah, that be safe to assume.

The Insight could also win an called Most Transparent. You expect an ecocar of this to impose some tough on its drivers in terms of performance and but the Insight behaves pretty like any conventional city It is comfortable and well equipped, standard power windows and remote-keyless entry, anti-lock and optional air conditioning.

It can be refueled at the Stop-and-Rob and doesn’t require any electrical charging.

In a day of driving through Washington, and over Maryland hill and the Insight never felt as it were busting a gut to keep up traffic. Even its unique stop feature–the gas motor off when the car is brought to a stop and refires golf-cart-style when gear is engaged–works so seamlessly you forget it after about minutes.

Honda Insight

Idle stop is a of the Insight’s Integrated Motor (IMA) system. The heart of the IMA is a electric motor sandwiched the engine and transmission. About the of a deli pie box, the 22-pound produces 13 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of

This augments the three-cylinder’s 67 hp and 66 but because the peaks are different, the IMA output is 73 hp at 5700 rpm and 91 lb-ft at rpm. During rapid and on uphill grades, a green LED on the dash fans out to indicate the of e-motor assist, but no palpable betrays its operation.

When the stops, shifts into and takes his or her foot off the clutch, the stop shuts off the engine a slight chuffing. The rpm indicator to zero, and the Auto Stop lights up. Are those crickets I

Then, when you depress the and engage first gear, the motor–doing double duty as a high-rpm starter–instantly spins the up to speed before you can release the

Idle stop will not if battery levels are low or if the engine is or if the A/C is set at O Canada levels; nor will it in stop-and-roll traffic, i.e. if the has not been shifted out of first stops.

The Insight uses regenerative to charge its battery pack of 120 nickel-metal hydride cells of 144 volts and 6.5 amp-hours). When the is coasting in gear or the brakes are the IMA acts as a generator, capturing energy otherwise lost in or brake heat. Typically, the fends for itself quite without attention from the

In a day of merciless flogging on the road, we deplete the batteries to even their capacity.

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