Review: 2010 Honda Insight Take Two | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2010 Honda Take Two

From the 1970s to the Honda earned a reputation as the technically innovative and ecologically Japanese automaker. Honda the first hybrid to the American Unfortunately, its rep for green tech took a big hit when the original an EV1ish tear-drop-shaped two-seater, was eclipsed by Toyota#8217;s Prius. versions of the Civic and Accord did to stem Toyota#8217;s PR gains.

For Honda has introduced an all-new hybrid. Does this car a shot at ending Toyota#8217;s of the green car mindscape?

The success of the Prius, and relative failure of all hybrids, suggested that didn#8217;t want a hybrid looked like any other Honda appears to have this lesson#8212;sort of. Although on the Honda Fit, the new Insight like no other Honda.

What it does strongly the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, with even more proportions.

Inside the Insight, the sci-fi theme of other Honda interiors has advanced deeper into the absurd. If any was made at a clean, cohesive, design, it#8217;s not evident. the bi-level instruments to the bifurcated controls, a team of acid-tripping and bean counters appears to completely routed the human folks.

This from the it simple#8221; company. One small unlike in Toyota#8217;s hybrids, a tach.

Human bodies come in different shapes and sizes. So a chance that some will find the Insight#8217;s seats comfortable, or at least This tester couldn#8217;t to escape from the prominent, lumbar bulge and head-prodding

Visibility, another traditional strength, is good ahead but to the rear.

One more lesson from the first round of vs. Prius: hybrid buyers a back seat. So the new Insight has But not much of one; unlike in the adults barely fit.

room is more competitive.

past Honda hybrids, the Insight employs a much powertrain than Toyota#8217;s The relatively puny electric while theoretically capable of the car at low speeds, rarely does so in driving. Instead, it provides a assist to the engine-for a total of 98 enables the engine to nap at traffic

While the electric assist the Insight feel sufficiently off the line and in casual driving, the you push, the weaker the engine and the raspier it sounds. (Didn#8217;t used to be known for the most small fours?) A contributing the engine/motor is connected to the wheels by a belt-and-pulley CVT (as opposed to the planetary sort employed by Toyota). CVT typifies the reasons many hate the entire concept.

pushed, it sounds and feels as if the is slipping. Noise levels dramatically; thrust not nearly so

I drove the LX. Upgrade to the EX and you get paddle to select from seven #8220;gears.#8221; Someone at Honda has a sense of humor.

The point of the otherwise awful powertrain: economy, of course. The EPA#8217;s are 40/43. That#8217;s inferior to a but perhaps ten MPG better than a Hit a big green #8220;ECON#8221; button for results.

Honda#8217;s chief is an #8220;Eco Assist#8221; feedback that#8217;ll bring out the hypermiler in mom (in case the underhood racket sufficient incentive to tread on the throttle). This driver to have passed-the little tree remained lit despite a few to discover whether the Insight if necessary, get out of its own way (yes, barely).

In turns, the Insight leans and feels less bobbly the non-Touring second-generation Prius. But a low hurdle. Compared to conventional handling is average at best. some reports to the contrary, the is not fun to drive in any conventional sense of the #8220;drive#8221; or #8220;fun.#8221; The price of handling parity?

When patchy pavement, the underdamped, firm rear suspension the jitters and incites tin-can in the cargo area.

Honda’s with the Insight: offer a car as good as the Prius for substantially money. With a $20,570 price, the Insight lists for a grand less than the stylish, quicker, more and more comfortable 2010 (Or opt for a leftover 2009, and incentives considerably narrow the gap.) is one of those cases where a little more money on the thing#8221; will get you a lot more

Copycat exterior, cheap uncomfortable seats, cacaphonous nervous ride, competes on the Honda Insight sounds a Prius knock-off from Except it#8217;s from What happened to the company gave us the 1984 Civic?

Michael Martineck’s review of the Insight here ]

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