Inside, the Honda Insight is a study in simplistic functionality.
Designed as a two seater, it never pretends to offer rear seating space like so many other two-door cars. There simply is no back seat at all. Instead, what Honda provides is a large parcel shelf that covers the rear battery pack, thereby increasing cargo space to a reasonable amount for such a small vehicle.
If I have a bone to pick with the Honda Insight, it’s with regards to the interior setup.
As a family man, I couldn’t seriously consider the Insight as my everyday driver. With two teens and my wife sharing space, the practical side of seating four people and all of their “stuff”, makes the choice of owning one impossible.
Description: 2-seat mini-coupe
Model options: Insight
Wheelbase: 94.5 inches
Overall length: 155.1 inches
Engine size: in-line 3-cylnder
Transmission: Manual/5, Auto/CVT
Steering: Power rack and pinion
Braking: Power 4-disc, ABS
Air bags: 2 (front)
EPA mileage est. city/hwy:
Manual: 60/65 mpg
Automatic: 50/57 mpg
MSRP: $ 19,180- $ 21,380
On the other hand, I could certainly see my 18 year old teenage daughter driving it. That is of course as long as dear old Dad doesn’t have to foot the bill. At $19,180, the Honda Insight is aggressively priced, but still too much for what I want to spend on a third car. Besides, she needs to start with something old like I had to; otherwise it just wouldn’t be fair! Whatever.
The dash layout is typical Honda; simple, straightforward and easy to use. A sport 3-spoke steering wheel centers the console, with large central and side vents dispersing airflow throughout the car. Power windows, power door locks and mirrors are standard, as is an AM/FM/CD system with 4 speakers.
Storage inside the Honda Insight is good, with a reasonable center console offering room for two cups and a good sized glovebox for all the essential items you want hidden from prying eyes.
A slick 5-speed manual or optional CVT automatic, (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission propels the Honda Insight. As you would expect, it offers typical Honda/Acura smoothness with each shift, and a gauge mounted optimum gear change indicator to help you maximize fuel economy.
I started out by saying hybrid technology in a vehicle isn’t for everyone and I stand by that statement, for now at least. As vehicles such as the Honda Insight make their way into the mainstream and prove their value, my opinion will surely change. That and the price of gas will be enough to convince many to give it a try.
While the Honda Insight isn’t a viable family car, it never pretends to be. For the young, middle-aged or old, environmentally conscious urban commuter who only needs a little space to call their own, it’s just about perfect.