Hybrid fever: the 2010 Honda Insight

By dancurranjr On May 27th, 2009

new-insightHybrids, hybrids everywhere. Anywhere you look these days there are new hybrids popping up, trying to convince us all to go green.
San Diego: The 2010 Honda Insight

The 2010 Honda Insight

Honda is bringing back one of the first hybrids, the Insight.

You may remember the Insight from 2000; a space-y looking car with big rear fender skirts, and room for the driver and only one passenger. The car rode heavy then, and when it hit a bump, you would have thought the car didn’t like you.

Fast forward nearly a decade and you have the all-new, redesigned 2010 Honda Insight.

Now you can fit three more passengers in the car, and the ride has smoothed out to the point you won’t even know you’re in a hybrid. That is, until you go to the gas station; this eco-friendly model gets 40 miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the open road.

Powered by a 1.3-liter 98 horsepowered single over head camshaft eight-valve i-VTEC four cylinder gas engine with Integrated Motor Assist with idle stop features, and backed by a Continuously Variable Transmission (that’s a mouthful!), the car rides better than I expected.

The interior is delightful; I just loved the instrumentation, with its bright blue lighting, and enough information to keep just about any techno-geek happy.

All of the gages and vents on the dash are round, and the steering wheel has cruise and other controls.

The five-door hatchback is big and comfortable, with room for groceries or sports gear – or both. There are grocery hangers on the backs of the fold-down second row seats for added storage space.

When the second row seats are in the upright position you have the option to flip the head rest down for better rear-view vision.

Do you remember the clear glass panel on the old Insight rear hatch?  Well Honda integrated it into the 2010 Insight.  It seemed to work but you still have a bar running side to side through the middle of the hatch which creates a bit of a blind spot – but I’m sure you’d get used to it.

Safety is high on Honda’s list with the Insight. The vehicle features dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags, anti lock brakes, a vehicle stability assist, brake assist and electronic brake distribution.

There is also a tire pressure monitoring system, active front head restraint, side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, rigid body construction, daytime running lights and child restraint latches all for you and your family’s safety.

The fun stuff is great too; there’s a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, a MP3/WMA playback, a USB audio interface and a MP3/auxuiliary input jack (the kids love this stuff).

The Insight will set you back $21,300 plus tax and license – oh, and Honda will throw in a tank of fuel at no extra charge. Another point worth mentioning: in the event your hybrid battery system fails and it is covered under the warranty, there is no recycle fee charged to you.


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