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New Honda Insight 5-passenger Hatchback

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  • The new Insight will come out five years after this release and Honda will not make any major changes until then. Some tweaks yes, but the body style will remain the same.

    What I would like to see is a larger back seat area, a better layout for the instrument panel, and that will not be given during the five year stretch for this new Insight.

    Within 3 years, honda will offer Leather seats probably, some more colors and a small tweaking of the the front and rear head lights as they have done on the civic and other cars.
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    Remember, the Insight is a cheap hybrid. It is not a fancy do-all car. Just like ANY car, it will evolve over time. 4-5 years is what any car will stay the same. The Insight III will be a better car. AND the Insight IV will be better yet.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    http://fitzmall.com/fitzway/carfind/RESULTSB.ASP?V_XREFID=LFT520255:2009-01-29T2- - - 3:15:04.930

    Brand new 09 Prius for $21k with stability control and rear view backup camera.

    The 2010 list price will probably not go up much if any as they have decontented in some ways - new display screen etc, and have economy of scale plus competition.

    BTW - why not compare the 2009 as it is larger than the Honda and gets better mpg. Yes it does not handle as well, but that will still probably be the case for the 2010.
  • lucien4lucien4 Posts: 55
    The Prius II comparison to Insight II has been discussed to death and it comes down mostly to personal preference anyway. However almost all reviews say that mileage is about the same between these 2 so that's not a big factor.

    Pricing for Prius III would be announced tomorrow and rumors are that Toyota is lowering the base price to $21000 to be able to compete with the Insight. The base model though wouldn't be available first couple of months.

    The 21K price seems to good to be true but Prius hasn't sold well so might be real deal. According to Edmunds the TMV price is more like 1K below MSRP.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I test drove the new Insight,and I must say I was underwhelmed.The car was noticeably underpowered.You have to buy the more expensive one to get cruise or the alloy wheels.The interior is unimpressive and finding various controls is not intuitive.I would not buy one.
  • gracejgracej Posts: 6
    I just penciled a deal for a new insight and am considering both the fog lights and the mirror upgrade.

    Has anyone tried installing these themselves. I'm wondering how difficult it is in practice.

    Would also like to know how much fog lights actually help in the fog. I've never had experience with them.

    Thanks for any input
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/jeremy_clarkson/article6294116.ece
    This is the guy from "Top Gear", he hates Porsche 911s too.
    Have a good laugh.
    Don
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    I have seen Jeremy Clarkson before. He is an idiot.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Would also like to know how much fog lights actually help in the fog. I've never had experience with them.

    Depends on the fog lights. Most fog lights I see on cars these days are white which IMHO do no more than regular headlights. Yellow or amber fog lights are better because they stand out in the white fog and are more noticeable and can be seen farther out than white lights.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I drove an Insight and came away disppointed.Most of what he says is true,but I happen to like hybrids,just not this one.I drive a 4 cyl car with a 5 speed auto, and the Insight makes my car seem like a race car.
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    I agree that amber colored fog lights would be better. Also they should be placed lower. However, in most conditions, late at night, in the country with no extra lights, any extra light will help; especially as you get older and can't see as well. Every little bit helps.
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    It is my first hybrid but still, it's weird.
    Mostly I just have two problems with it; the going and the stopping.
    :)
    Acceleration is painfully slow even compared to my non-rocketship Fit,
    braking is weird, as is stopping,
    starting from a stop (the gas engine has shut itself off) causes the entire car to shudder, then nothing, then you move ahead, very slowly,
    handling is not very nice either,
    ride quality is barely o.k.
    steering the Insight feels more like you're the captain of a huge oil tanker and every turn feels like you're going wide; not to worry, you usually are!
    I'm 5' 9" (maybe 5' 8") and I can NOT see the speedometer no matter what position I put the driver's seat in.
    One bangs ones head at almost every exit and entry and the back seat is much worse! Honda should include a bottle of aspirin with every Insight.
    It's a weird car, I'd have to call it a mistake.
    My other car is a Honda Fit and I owned an Element prior to that so I'm actually a Honda fan; just not of the Insight.
  • Did you test drive the Insight before purchasing it?
    I did. I'm 6'4" and have no problems with seeing the speedometer.
    I like the way the car starts and stops and I don't hold up the traffic at all.
  • galileo5galileo5 Posts: 10
    You can tilt the steering wheel so you can view the speedometer.

    I also don't know what you mean by wide turns. My 2010 Insight doesn't make wide turns.
  • 6-3 here and no issues with the speedometer after adjusting the seat hight and or steering wheel.

    Acceleration is fair and expected it to be with a hybrid. Turned off Econ or put the shift into "S" and no issues with accelerations at all.

    No shudder when stopping. It justs goes to sleep which was interesting at first

    Handling for me is about the same as my 09 Civic non hybrid automatic

    I have never banged my head on anything getting into or out of the vehicle from the front. Do not drive from the back seat so this is not an issue. Back seat is not good for tall people but I also remember the Civic Coup with a really bad back seat (Room) as well...
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Did anyone see that Consumer Reports has ranked the Insight 21 out of 22 hatchbacks / wagons? They also called it "the most disappointing Honda Consumer Reports has tested in a long time,"

    OUCH!

    http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/30/i-consumer-reports-i-lambasts-honda-insight-r- anks-it-21-out/
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    Thanks aviboy97 (see directly above). If you're a hybrid and Consumer Reports "can't recommend you", you know you're a real POS!
  • hoyafanhoyafan Posts: 48
    That Consumer Reports review really slammed the Insight. I'll stick with the Ford Fusion Hybrid!

    The FFH excels in all the areas that CR slammed the Insight: "ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration, rear-seat, access, and visibility,"
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    Surprised a bit about ride quality. I picked up my Insight on June 19. Ride quality is pretty good. Handling is on par for a car in this class. Interior noise is loud on heavy acceleration however. Any rear seat in any compact is cramped. Visibility in back could be better. However, the bottom line is this car was made to sip gas. It does. My first tank was 45.5. I am on the second tank now and it appears to be about 46mpg. Maybe when it gets 3,000-4,000 miles on it, I can crack 50mpg. That is what this car is all about.
    P.S. I also own a Corvette. I use that for handling and acceleration.
  • captwestcaptwest Posts: 2
    I have found the Insight to be relatively quiet and it handles well. Yes, the engine noise will be loud on heavy acceleration, but, this car is not meant to be driven this way. A purchaser of the Insight will be very disappointed if they think it is going to drive like a G-35 and get 42 mpg. I have decided to slow down and take it easy, but if you are on the highway, give yourself plenty of room and lane changing time. Also, for those of us sweating it out in Florida year round or in the summer anywhere else, auto shut down of the engine and the AC can be overriden by putting the car into "S" after coming to a stop at a light and then lightly touching the brake. You can also place in into Neutral and leave your foot off the brake.
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