2019 Honda Insight Hybrid

#87
in Midsize sedans
2019 MODEL
$22,930 - $28,190

7.7

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Detailed Review

The 2019 Honda Insight is an extremely competitive sedan, with a relatively low price point as well. With a starting price of just under 23 Grand, it is one of the best value-for-money propositions in the market today. Unlike the hybrids of yore, this modern machine is quite a sensible choice for an average consumer.Honda Insight is not a new name but rather an irregular production model. Its different model years were 2000 to 2006, 2009 to 2014, and now 2019 to present. The previous models bear next to no resemblance to the current model, both on the outside and the inside.

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Pros

Good balance between ride and handling

Spacious, good looking interior

Good Gas mileage

Low Emissions

Undercuts the competition in price

Cons

Unrefined Engine

Low NVH insulation in the cabin

Poor performance

What's New?

Brand-new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22830

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu. in.

horsepower

151 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

99 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1-in. four wheel solid disc brakes/10.2-in. four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.6 in.

height

55.5 in.

curb weight

2987 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

36.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

55/52/49 mpg

highway range

519.4 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

519.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Honda Insight hybrid in White Orchid Pearl color  2019 Honda Insight hybrid in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Honda Insight hybrid in Crystal Black color  2019 Honda Insight hybrid in Crimson Pearl color  2019 Honda Insight hybrid in Cosmic Blue Metallic color  2019 Honda Insight hybrid in Blue Metallic color
White Orchid Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.3

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.5

Driving

7.5

Comfort

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Honda Insight hybrid LX

LX

power
151 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
52 combined

$22,930


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $22,930 MSRP (55 mpg/52/49 mpg) 151 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5   Crimson Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  White Orchid Pearl
  Cosmic Blue Metallic

 2019 Honda Insight hybrid EX

EX

power
151 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
52 combined

$24,160


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $24,160 MSRP (55 mpg/52/49 mpg) 151 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5   Crimson Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  White Orchid Pearl
  Cosmic Blue Metallic

 2019 Honda Insight hybrid Touring

Touring

power
151 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$28,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $28,190 MSRP (51 mpg/48/45 mpg) 151 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable transmission front wheel drive 5   Crimson Pearl
  Crystal Black Pearl
  Lunar Silver Metallic
  Aegean Blue Metallic
  White Orchid Pearl
  Cosmic Blue Metallic

Top Honda Cars

2019 Honda Accord
8.3/10

Engine: 192 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L I-4

MPG: 33 combined

2019 Honda Civic
8.3/10

Engine: 158 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 29 combined

2019 Honda Accord hybrid Sedan
7.9/10

Engine: 212 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 48 combined

2017 Honda Civic Type-R
8.9/10

Engine: 306 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 25 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 5, 2019

7.7

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.3/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

The current model, however, is definitely the best one to date and even bests some of the established players in the segment. There are plenty of hybrid cars in the market right now, and you even have another Honda to consider here. So, which tree hugger should you consider as your daily driver?

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Features

7.7/10

Honda Insight is not a new name but rather an irregular production model. Its different model years were 2000 to 2006, 2009 to 2014, and now 2019 to present. The previous models bear next to no resemblance to the current model, both on the outside and the inside. The current model, however, is definitely the best one to date and even bests some of the established players in the segment. There are plenty of hybrid cars in the market right now, and you even have another Honda to consider here. So, which tree hugger should you consider as your daily driver?

Trims and Features

The 2019 Honda Insight offers three choices of trims: LX, EX, and Touring.

Trim

Honda Insight LX

Honda Insight EX

Honda Insight Touring

MSRP

$22,830

$24,060

$28,090

Key

Features

Auto high-beam headlights

Same features as the LX with following additions and replacement

Same features as the LX with following additions and replacement

 

LED headlights with auto-on/off

SiriusXM Radio

HD Radio

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition

and Honda HD Digital Traffic

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and turn indicators

Apple CarPlay and

Android Auto integration

Dual-zone automatic climate control system

 

LED taillights and brake lights

Honda Lane Watch and Honda Link

LED fog lights and side mirrors with LED turn indicators

 

160-watt audio system with 6 speakers

180-watt audio system with 8 speakers

450-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, including subwoofer

 

Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio

Smartphone/Audio Interface

HomeLink remote system

 

USB Audio Interface

2.5-amp USB

 
 

7-inch Driver Information Interface (DII)

8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen

 

We recommend

The Touring variant is the best choice among all the variants, as it gets the best equipment of all the three.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Engine

6.5/10
The Insight does a better job balancing spry acceleration with miserly fuel economy than most hybrids do. It's about as quick as many conventionally powered compact cars.-Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The cheapest car in the 2019 Hybrid sedan lineup, Honda Insight should feel out of its league here. Instead, it manages to intimidate the competition quite well. The gasoline half of the powertrain is quite unrefined, and quite a lot of vibrations seep through to the cabin. The electric half is quite, well, quiet, as most electrics are.

The Insight doesn’t have a conventional drivetrain. The engine powers a generator, which can either charge the battery or drive the motors connected to the wheels. The system is very reminiscent of the Accord hybrid, which was a brilliant system.

Models

Honda Insight LX

Honda Accord Hybrid

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MSRP

$22,830

$25,320

$28,945

$37,490

$29,070

$34,395

$37,420

Engine

1.5L Inline-4

2.0 Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

1-speed direct drive

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

151 hp

212 hp

182 hp

188 hp

208 hp

215 hp

149 hp

Torque

99 ft-lbs.

277 ft-lbs.

129 ft-lbs.

163 ft-lbs.

163 ft-lbs.

294 ft-lbs.

 

With the exception of Chevrolet Volt, the cars here have a higher combined output compared to the Insight. The elder Honda hybrid sibling offers upwards of 200 horsepower. The Toyota Camry and Avalon are direct competitors to the Insight and Accord respectively, but demand a significant premium over them.

Acceleration

Extracting performance from a hybrid car feels wrong, even though there is a “sports” mode. Burying the pedal into the floor results in moderately slow but smooth progress. Starting from a standstill, 60 MPH comes up in 8 seconds, and quarter-mile comes up in 16. For gentler acceleration, the engine stays shut and the battery powered motors do all the work.

Models

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

0-60 MPH

8 sec

8.5 sec

8.5

N/A

N/A

7.5

Quarter mile

16 sec

15.8

16.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.5L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

1.5L inline-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

3.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Talking performance in hybrids is quite moot, as they weren’t intended nor are, they designed for speed thrills. As, such, not a lot of them have been tested for performance figures. If you have the need for speed, remember, not all needs are fulfilled in this world.

Braking

With Disc brakes all around, the 2019 Honda Insight comes to a halt in a just 121 feet. Weight is also one of the prime factors for braking effectiveness, as the Insight is the lightest hybrid sedan in the segment. It tips the scale at just 1.75 tons, good for a car, great for a hybrid.

Model

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Brake Front (in.)

11.1

11.8

11.8

12

N/A

11

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

11.3

11.9

11.1

N/A

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3000

3366

3986

3472

3638

3519

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

N/A

129

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ford Fusion Energi is one of the heaviest hybrids around, weighing close to 2 tons. That is sure to affect braking distance, although the final judgment is reserved until the figures can be tested.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Economy is where the Honda Insight shines. The tiny gas engine, efficient battery pack, powerful motors, all combine together to form the best tree hugger of recent times. It can squeeze 55 miles for a single gallon of fuel, provided you leave your lead boots at home. If mileage is your concern while buying a car,

Model

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MPG (city)

55

49

43

51

43

42

MPG (highway)

49

43

41

53

44

42

MPG (combined)

52

46

42

52

44

42

Toyota Camry hybrid follows right behind the Insight’s tail, stretching a gallon for 52 miles on an average, 51 in the city. The larger Toyota is a farther still, managing 44 MPG on an average. Chevy’s hybrid warriors are quite nice too, with Malibu hybrid pulling 46 miles to the gallon, and the Volt a little less than that.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Interior

8.3/10
If you opt for the top Touring trim, you might forget that you're in an economical hybrid as soon as you sit down on the perforated leather-trimmed seats and grip the thick, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel.-Motor Trend

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Honda Insight has a very comfortable and spacious interior. The seats are so supportive, you could trust them with your dreams and ambitions. There is quite a generous amount of room, for the size anyways, and you could easily seat four people inside. There isn’t much space for a fifth occupant, and the company claimed seating of 5 passengers can only be achieved with children in the back seats.

Model

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.1/58.5/41.5

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.5/42.1/58.3

37.8/56.5/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/55.0/37.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.9/40.4/57.1

35.8/53.2/34.7

The biggest car in the segment, Toyota Avalon, has the best interior space amongst all cars here. The rest of the cars are smaller and consequently have lesser space too. The Fusion is the most expensive car here but fails to impress with its average accommodation levels.

Infotainment

Standard Infotainment features in the Insight include the following”

  • Bluetooth
  • USB port
  • a six-speaker audio system
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 5-inch LCD screen (8-inch touch screen optional)

Other optional features are as follows:

  • An additional USB port
  • 8- and 10-speaker audio systems
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cargo volume

Usually, hybrids have a battery pack extending into the trunk, thereby eating up a significant amount of storage space. But with the progress of technology, that isn’t too much of a hassle. You could easily fit in a few big bags in the trunk.

Model

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.1

13.0

8.2

15.1

16.1

10.6

The Ford disappoints heavily here, offering the least cargo space in here by far. There are sub-compact hatchbacks that have more space in the trunk that the Fusion Energi. The Avalon hybrid has the most cargo space of all the cars here, which is primarily due to the size.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Exterior

7.0/10
First off, it [2019 Honda Insight] no longer looks like the last-generation Insight or Prius. It's now a sedan and can easily be mistaken for the new Accord.-Edmunds

Dimensions and weight

In terms of dimensions, the Insight doesn’t blow the ball out the park in any way. Neither is it especially compact nor is it a towering road devourer. Based on the Honda Civic sedan, the Insight sits towards the upper limit of the compact sedan segment.

In terms of weight though, there is a lot to talk about. Honda engineers have combined space age technology with long-lost art of mage craft to create an extremely lightweight yet strong package. You get a traditional gas engine, a large battery, and a 2-motor drivetrain, all of which weighs just under 3000 pounds. The mage craft part isn’t true, obviously. It’s not a long-lost art.

Model

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3000

3366

3986

3472

3638

3519

Length(in)

183.6

194.2

191.8

192.1

195.9

180.4

Width(in)

71.6

73.0

72.9

72.4

72.8

71.2

Height(in)

55.5

57.9

58.0

56.9

56.5

56.4

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.9

N/A

5.7

5.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

111.4

112.2

111.2

113.0

106.1

Track width (in) F/R

60.9/61.6

62.6/62.5

62/62.3

63/63.2

62.3/63.6

60.6/61.8

Ford hasn’t designed their Fusion Energi with much weight saving material. As a result, it carries the most weight around, close to 2 tons. Surprisingly, the compact Volt is extremely heavy, too heavy even, for its size. Even the much larger Toyota Avalon is lighter than the Chevy.

Design and styling

As stated above, the Insight is based on the extremely popular Honda Civic. Honda’s shared design philosophy makes it way here and elevates the looks of this sedan to a more premium level. The large chrome strip that runs along the face is reminiscent of every modern Honda, as is the large rear area, which imitates a coupe type roofline. This adds to the cabin space, and also lends a unique silhouette to the side profile.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Safety

9.5/10

Honda has also taken care of the safety aspect in the Insight. Standard safety features on offer are as follows:

  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Competition

Honda Insight vs Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion has a wonderful hybrid variant and another plug-in hybrid variant. Both these variants are brilliant cars, offering brilliant economy figures. Still, it isn’t exactly up to the level the Japanese cars are. The Insight not only offers better economy figures but has a much better trunk as well. The rear legroom is better in the Ford, although that alone can’t be its saving grace.

Honda Insight vs Honda Accord Hybrid

Sibling rivalry! Honda Insight may be the new kid on the block, but it has to try hard to match pace with it older, more mature sibling, the Honda Accord Hybrid. Accord has a bigger, well, everything! From a bigger engine, bigger dimensions, bigger trunk, bigger cabin space, to even a bigger price tag. If you were to ask for an overall better car, perhaps the answer would contain the word Accord somewhere in it. Still, the Insight is good in all respects, and great where it can be, fuel efficiency being one such area. For sheer economy, the Insight has no rival.

2019 Honda Insight hybrid Final Verdict

A few years ago, hybrid cars would have only been an option for the rich, and that too as a third car at best. They were ugly, powerless, cramped, and many other undesirable things. The cost of saving the planet was quite high, and many people who put their money on these did so only for the bragging rights. Oh, how the times have changed!

Like all Hondas, the 2019 Insight is extremely reliable, well built, and quite handsome looking. If you aren’t aware of the price tag, you might even mistake it for a much larger car. Space inside is generous for a family of four (or five, if three of them are kids). The trunk isn’t a compromise either, and the driving experience is quite nice too. You could use this as a daily driver too. Overall, this Honda car can easily justify its price tag and find its place in a sensible buyer’s list of options.