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2013 Honda Insight Base Hatchback

2013 Honda Insight Review

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

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

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

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2013 Insight Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.3L in-line 4 OHC with i-VTEC variable valve timing
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 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

'13 Honda Base Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Scope
Vehicle Information Center
Privacy Glass
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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