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Hybrid power in a midsize sedan package!

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The 2019 Honda Insight is a smart and stylish midsize hybrid sedan that provides all the benefits of hybrid power in an elegant, practical, and easy-to-drive package. On the market for a midsize sedan that can seat five comfortably? Want the benefits of hybrid power combined with a smooth ride and plenty of technology features? Want all this in a package that looks sharp and elegant? The 2019 Honda Insight is a ride that should absolutely be on your shopping list.

Here's what you'll learn in this review of the 2019 Honda Insight:

Key Specs And Features

  • The 2019 Honda Insight is equipped with a hybrid-power unit system comprised of a 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor driving the front wheels. The petrol engine is good for 107 hp on its own, and combined with the hybrid produces a total-system horsepower of 151.
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  • Mated to this hybrid power-unit is an e-CVT (electronic continuously variable transmission) with shift-by-wire technology, sport mode, and deceleration selectors.
  • The 2019 Honda Insight differs from the most recent previous generation of Honda Insight (2011–2014), which was a hatchback. The 2019 Insight is in the midsize sedan bracket, which means five seats and a spacious cabin — even if all five seats are filled, your passengers won't be lacking for space and comfort.
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  • The 2019 Honda Insight is packed with technology and driver assistance features; take your pick from such things as driver attention monitors, HondaLink® smartphone integration, and even a Wifi hotspot in your car (subscription required)!

5 Reasons To Buy

1. It's a hybrid!

Perhaps the single biggest reason to buy the 2019 Honda Insight is its hybrid powerplant and the mpg it offers. The base 2019 Honda Insight gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined, while the top-line Touring model still manages an EPA-estimated 48 mpg combined.1Both are equipped with the same 1.5L four-cylinder hybrid powerplant.

2. Spacious interior

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The space and comfort offered — and the practicality that it brings — is another big reason to buy the 2019 Honda Insight. Both the base and Touring models come with 98 cubic-ft. of passenger volume. This offers plenty of room for passengers and also includes an additional 15 cubic-ft. of luggage volume.

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3. Smooth driving experience

That hybrid power unit and the instant torque provided by the electric motor working in tandem with the petrol engine means smooth acceleration and a very enjoyable driving experience. That will have you pulling away from lights quickly and smoothly, or giving you a bit of power to overtake. This all adds to the Insight's appeal no matter what kind of driving you usually do.

4. Extensive features list

The features list available for the 2019 Honda Insight is vast and even the base model LX includes plenty of comfort and technology features as standard. Features like Pandora® internet streaming radio, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control, noise cancellation, and more ! There are plenty of options to suit you and your driving needs.

5. Easy-to-use tech

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Despite such a dazzling array of tech and features, the 2019 Honda Insight is a very easy car to get to grips with. Everything is well labeled and accessible — no touchscreen controls to wrap your head around, just buttons laid out for easy access. This is great news if you like to just hop in your car and get straight to the fun part: driving.


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What You Need To Know

2019 Honda Insight Trim Levels

The 2019 Honda Insight is available in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring.

  • The base LX model comes with Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Traffic Sign Recognition, LED headlights and taillights, Honda Sensing®, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system.
  • The mid-tier EX package includes all the LX features as standard and adds Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connection, Honda LaneWatch™, keyless entry and ignition, and an upgraded eight-speaker sound system with Sirius XM® HD radio.
  • The top-of-the-range Touring trim has all the EX features as standard, and adds Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 10-speaker Premium Audio sound system, power sunroof, LED fog lights, and leather-trimmed interior with heated seats.

The 2019 Honda Insight comes available in the following colors:

  • Aegean Blue
  • Cosmic Blue
  • Crimson
  • Crystal Black
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • White Orchid

Similar Vehicles

The Honda Insight lines up alongside similar midsize sedans, hatchbacks, and hybrids both within the Honda lineup and beyond — chiefly the Honda Accord and Honda Civic, as well as the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry.

Toyota Prius

Let's look at the other hybrid car first. The Toyota Prius comes equipped with a 1.8L four-cylinder hybrid power unit, outputting a combined manufacturer-quoted 121hp from new. The standard powerplant is good for an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined, with the L Eco capable of an EPA-estimated 56 mpg combined.1 Also worth mentioning is that the 2019 Honda Insight and 2019 Toyota Prius L Eco both have start-stop technology, which the others do not.

Elsewhere, the 2019 Prius also offers a great selection of technology features as standard even on the base L Eco model, like forward collision alert, lane-keeping assist, automatic climate control and automatic cruise control. Additionally, the AWD-e model features all-wheel drive and an enhanced battery for colder temperatures, making it a very appealing choice if you live in a colder climate.

The Prius still remains popular in this segment, and is absolutely worth a look for your midsize hybrid sedan needs.

Toyota Camry

The 2019 Toyota Camry L packs a 2.5L four-cylinder gasoline motor as standard, and this means the 2019 Toyota Camry L - the base model - manages an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined. 1Like the Prius, it features plenty of tech as standard, and on the top-level XLE and XSE trims, a more powerful 3.5L V6 engine is an option. The 2019 Toyota Camry L has just 14 cubic-ft. of luggage volume, but 100 cubic-ft. of passenger volume makes up for it in that aspect.

Should you be looking for a non-hybrid alternative in the midsize sedan segment, the Toyota Camry is an excellent choice.

Honda Civic

The Insight's cousin, the 2019 Honda Civic features a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a manual transmission as standard. This makes for contrasting fuel economy; the 2019 Honda Civic LX 5dr achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined from its 2.0L four-cylinder engine. 1Additionally, there is a more performance-orientated 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine available as an option on the base LX and Sport trims, and standard on the EX trim upwards. And at the very top with the Type-R, you get a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard, good for 306hp. As for capacity, the 2019 Honda Civic manages 26 cubic-ft. of luggage volume and 97 cubic-ft. of passenger volume.

The option of nine different trim levels in the 2019 model means there's definitely a Honda Civic out there for you. Whether you are looking for comfort or a bit of excitement, the Honda Civic delivers on both fronts.

Honda Accord

The 2019 Honda Accord LX comes standard with a 1.5L four-cylinder engine similar to the Insight, but it is turbocharged, non-hybrid, and mated to a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission. Together, this produces an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1Similar to the Civic, the 2019 Honda Accord also includes a 2.0L four-cylinder engine as an option on the top-of-the-range Sport, EX-L and Touring models, producing a manufacturer-quoted 252hp from new. With a more traditional midsize sedan body than the Civic, the Accord does well in terms of capacity, with 106 cubic-ft. of passenger volume and 17 cubic-ft. of luggage volume. And just like the Toyota Prius, the 2019 Honda Accord comes with an impressive set of technology features as standard even on the base LX model, such as LED lights front and rear, Bluetooth(r) connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen interface and adaptive cruise control.

Like the Insight, the Accord is a great choice for those looking for a midsize sedan from Honda - and what the petrol engines lose out against the Insight's hybrid powerplant, they make up for in other areas.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Honda Insight offers a fantastic package in a midsize sedan — great looks, smooth driving experience, jam-packed with features and technology, and the hybrid powerplant which offers instant torque from the electric motor. If you're looking for a family car or executive sedan with a hybrid powerplant, the 2019 Honda Insight is an excellent option.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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