Cruise Control, Auxiliary Audio Input, Overhead Airbags, Traction Control, Side Airbags, Air Conditioning
4 Cylinders, 2WD, 1.3L Engine, Automatic Transmission, 70K Miles, Black/Black
I absolutely love seeing 40 MPG on my dash, and love that I only have to fill up maybe every 2 weeks. I love the size of the car because I can fit pretty much anything I need to in it, and my dogs fit perfectly in the back. I love the cloth seats because there are no dead animals I have to sit on. I also love the digital MPH reader.
Drivability and handling is very good. Mileage is about 600 miles on a tank, and we are very impressed with the economics. Note that the insurance is slightly higher than I had expected and they indicate it is due to repair costs being higher on a hybrid. However, I think the other pros outweigh this, the only con I can come up with.
The Insight is a name many do not recognize like the name Prius. The car has been out for six or seven years, but had an interuption after the "wave" hit Japan and production for America was halted. The car is like the "Toy" in size and quality. The hybrid operation is a little different, but the miles per gallon result is great for the price of the vehicle! The car has a CTV transmission which requires a little adjustment. Nisson has converted all their cars to the new transmission and Honda uses it in the Insight. There are no gear shifts like a 4 or 5 speed, just a smooth change in the drive. The Insight applys the electric boost through the transmission to help give a boost when needed. The most adjustment needed is for the "stop" mode. When you come to a stop, the engine stops. when you ldt up on the brake, the engine starts, ready to go. That saves gas when you are at a stop, like in slow traffic. The car we drive started with 40 MPG when we didn't know how to drive it. We don't really work on it , but get a regular 44 or 45 MPG with mixed situation driving. The car is a star. MPG for a normal price.