• Good gas mileage
  • High value for the dollar
  • Familiar Honda interior
  • Wind and road noise
  • Mediocre ride quality
SUM UP The original hybrid gets a little more green.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Insight in 2013

The Insight is unchanged for 2013 after receiving a refresh for 2012...more

Overview

Toyota might have aimed for its diminutive Prius c hatchback to be the least expensive hybrid vehicle sold in the United States, but that title once again goes to the Honda Insight. It rings in at an impressive $19,290 this year, about $400 less than the much smaller Prius c and thousands less than the Civic Hybrid. There’s a reason for the Insight’s lower purchase price. It uses the old (but no less powerful) hybrid system, with a nickel-metal-hydride battery to store energy (the Civic Hybrid now uses lithium-ion) and a 1.3-liter in-line four to the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5-liter engine. Fuel economy, at 41/44 mpg city/highway, nearly matches the Civic Hybrid’s but doesn’t reach Prius or Ford Fusion levels. Inside, the cabin is an appealing mixture of Civic, Fit, and first-generation Insight, with effective ergonomics, intuitive controls, and lots of nooks and crannies for storage. The exterior design, which was slightly changed for the 2012 model year, continues for 2013 and keeps the car’s futuristic look and shape. 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.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are available, as are ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda Insight

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius

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2013 Insight Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Vehicle Information Center

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Tires and Wheels

  • Wheel Covers
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