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2012 Honda Insight Hatchback

2012 Honda Insight Review

(0 Stars)  The original hybrid gets a little more green.

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Overview
The Honda Insight makes hybrid ownership attainable. Created to be sold not only in the United States but also in markets around the world, the Insight costs less than the smaller Civic Hybrid. Just because it's inexpensive doesn't mean that it lacks technical sophistication, however, as it uses the same parallel-hybrid powertrain that does duty in the Civic Hybrid. Current Honda owners who get behind the wheel of the Insight will feel instantly at home. The cabin design and ambience are an appealing mixture of Civic, Fit, and first-generation Insight, with effective ergonomics, intuitive controls, and lots of nooks and crannies for storage. Hybrids are all about fuel economy, and last year's Insight achieved 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg highway. The Insight's 2012 EPA estimates have not yet been released, but Honda promises even better mileage. Changes made to improve fuel economy include the fitment of a new set of low-rolling-resistance tires, tweaking the exterior styling, and reducing friction in the little gas engine. All in all, the Insight brings a simple, price-minded attitude to a crowded market, and it should appeal to buyers who've been intrigued by hybrids but didn't think it made economic sense to purchase one -- until now.

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2012 Insight Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.3L i-VTEC in-line four-cylinder OHC with variable valve timing
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 41 MPG city, 44 MPG highway, 42 MPG combined and 445 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
10.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 98 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 1,000 rpm
Secondary power: 88 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 88 lb ft @ 4,500 rpm

'12 Honda Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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