The 2019 Honda Insight is a hybrid sedan that is well-equipped with comfort and technology features. But it also boasts impressive performance and excellent fuel economy, making it an overall compelling sedan that Car and Driver calls “a joy to drive around town.” With sophisticated driving characteristics, impressive horsepower, and incredible fuel economy, the Insight is the ultimate hybrid sedan.
The Insight features a hybrid system comprised of an AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor powered by a lithium ion battery along with a gas-powered 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine. The Insight typically operates on the electric motor, with the gasoline engine doubling as a generator to recharge the battery for better efficiency. Considered on its own, the engine produces 107 horsepower while the electric motor produces 129 horsepower. Altogether, the Insight has a total system horsepower of 151.
Drivers of a hybrid reap the many benefits of driving a fuel-efficient vehicle. Not only is it a better choice for the environment, it also saves time and money with less visits to the pump and more time on the road. The hybrid system works with an electric continuously variable transmission, or e-CVT, that delivers the power generated under the hood to the front wheels. For the entry-level LX and mid-level EX trim, the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.* Drivers who choose the top-of-the-line Touring model can achieve 51 city / 45 highway / 48 combined mpg.*
The Insight is so fun to drive, thanks in part to a 3-mode driving system that offers more engagement behind the wheel. The Econ mode creates a comfortable and fuel-efficient ride that’s great for everyday driving or when you want to have a quiet cabin, insulated from road and engine noise. The Sport mode offers drivers more thrills with a sportier feel at the pedals and accentuated engine growls when you accelerate. Finally, the EV mode allows the Insight to operate on electric power alone without the gasoline engine.
The Insight’s reliability to perform at its best is enhanced by extensive active safety features. These features ensure that the Insight can drive in any weather or road conditions.
As drivers continue to explore the Insight there are more performance features to take note of, such as the suspension systems that create a smooth and sophisticated ride by absorbing road bumps and imperfections. And the Eco Assist System helps drivers adjust their inputs for maximum efficiency.
*55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.