The Insight was born as a beautiful baby in 1999. It came with a hybrid drivetrain that featured electric motors and a compact gas engine. The Insight also came with two doors. It arrived before the Toyota Prius to become North America's first hybrid. After only 17,020 units, production was halted in 2006, with replacement plans set to happen in 2009. Things got worse for the Insight after slow sales forced Honda to discontinue it again in 2014. However, the Insight has proved that it is a close relative of the cat because it has nine lives. It is making another comeback! The 2018 Detroit Auto Show was marked with the release of the pre-production prototype while the New York Auto Show was used to launch the model.
How does it look like?
The Insight uses the same name, but the truth is that it is a totally different car. It looks very familiar because it uses Honda's latest styling; you can compare it to the Accord and the new Clarity. It has features that can be found on other Honda models; they include aggressive bumper vents, huge grille with a narrow bottom and angular headlamps. Just like the Undertaker does in WWE, the Insight is coming back to destroy all the competitors in its path. This vehicle stands out because of a swoopy beltline as well as muscular fenders front and rear. The exotic-looking Clarity is different from the Insight which has a more generic side view; the Insight's door handles don't have a sharp beltline.
Which features does it offer?
The Insight is a sedan that is sleek and stylish. It, therefore, goes without saying that it is offered with some of the latest 'kick-ass' tech features. It comes with an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system, Honda Sensing technologies, Apple CarPlay, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Android Auto integration, Lake Keeping Assist System, mobile hotspot capability, Traffic Sign Recognition, 450-watt Premium Audio System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Departure Mitigation System.
How efficient is it?
Being a hybrid, the Honda Insight is pregnant with efficiency. It can deliver up to 55 mpg in the city using its third-generation hybrid system. Its Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter engine that uses gasoline provides 151 horsepower and 197 Pound-Feet of Torque. The Insight delivers more power than its competitors like the 139 horsepower Hyundai Ioniq, the 121 horsepower Toyota Prius and the Chevy Volt which delivers 149 horsepower.
Should I feel safe in the Honda Insight?
The Insight comes with a standard package of advanced driver-assistive features; they include Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assistance System. Honda LaneWatch is a feature that comes with the Touring and Insight EX trims. The vehicle aims to achieve top safety ratings in the United States and Europe, including IIHS Top Safety Pick and an NCAP 5-star for Overall Safety.
How much will it cost me?
Honda is yet to release any pricing information, and it is impossible to estimate how much it will cost since the Insight has been out of the game for a very long time. However, we expect it to be just a little pricier than the Hyundai Ioniq and the Toyota Prius which start at $22,200 and $23,475 respectively. It should cost no more than $25,000 before options and incentives.