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New Honda Insight 5-passenger Hatchback



  • heinzerheinzer Posts: 6
    Yes - we love our new red Honda Insight. Very positive comments from people while parking. 44mpg after 700 suburban mles. Did 50mpg on I95 while cruising at 72 mph. Saving $800 a year (mileage and reg gas) over old BMW 325i.

    It's fun reading the Prius People rant on our Insight blog :) Guess they have to knock the competition for the extra $4k.
  • I left a deposit on an Insight without doing much research other than figuring out what I wanted to pay. Once I got home, I read all the online reports bashing the car, and developed a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. But I decided to go thru with the deal because the price was right. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised once I picked up the car. Having owned the Insight for a while, I'm happy I bought it, and here's why:

    While it doesn't have blazing acceleration, the car accelerates more than adequately and can cruise at 70-80mph. Firm ride but not uncomfortable. Unlike what I read, the car isn't noisy. Decent MPG so far (40's in town; 50 on the highway). Handles better than what i drove before. And it didn't cost over $22K for the EX. The only complaint I read about that I found valid? Poor visibility out the rear window.

    So there's a moral to the story: Don't believe everything you read.
  • NJInsight...

    I'm glad for you. I don't believe everything I read either! ;)

    The only two things I's add to the EX, speaking for myself, is an aftermarket power sunroof and a powered subwoofer for the audio system.

    I don't think that the current Insight is a loser machine, as some would lead anyone to believe. No way!

    Good luck!

    Peace!<-AladdinSane<- :shades: -
  • njinsight:

    I just bought a Kia Soul but came very close to buying the Honda Insight. I previously had a company owned 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid that I put 25,000 miles on. I was very happy with the HCH but regretted that it did not have a hatch-back or folding rear seats.

    The new Honda Insight is basically an HCH with hatchback and folding rear seats so I think it should be a great car. The technology is proven and should provide a good car.

    Over the 25,000 miles that I drove the HCH, I averaged 39 mph. Better in summer, worse in winter, better in some driving conditions, worse in others, but 39 mph average over 25,000 miles which I thought was remarkable.

    From all the reviews I have been reading, I think the Insight should get significantly better gas mileage than the HCH.

    For these reasons, I think the Honda Insight is a great car.

    Oh yeah, the reason I got a Kia Soul is that I want my wife to drive it around town because it gets much better mileage than her Hyundai Santa Fe. She could accept the switch to the Soul but the Insight was just too much for her. I take the subway to work and drive very little so the Insight would have gotten very good mileage for almost no miles. The Soul will get good mileage (compared to the Santa Fe) for quite a few more miles.
  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    Great. just the opposite for me. I test drove the SOUL and was signing papers , cash deal. Salesman had to see the co. pres. first. After waiting 30 min. he still hadn't returned. We left and nobody called since. Too low ball I guess.I then decided to do more research and found it's not a hi. tech veh. i.e. 4 speed tranny, hyd. power steering pump, rubber timing belt, no insulation under hood, etc. I then bought the first Honda Insight the dealer got in . Ok so far, more hi. tech. I just read about the Toyota Prius and talk about hi. tech. ,it has no belt driven accessories, all elec. driven, and next generation hybrid technology. Enjoy your SOUL. KIA is coming on strong.
  • gracejgracej Posts: 6
    I like the car alright and am getting about 45 mpg with nearly pure highway driving. It has changed my driving habits a lot which is a good thing. I've really cut back on all the hard cornering, rapid starts and stops that I did with my subaru.

    Compared to the subaru, the ride is very quiet which I love. It's only loud with excelleration and cruises just fine on the highway.

    I wish the gas tank was bigger so that I didn't have to fill up so frequently. Hate the visibility, but am getting used to it and feel that I can change lanes safely now.

    I really like the climate control systems. The radio controls are a bit out of reach for my short arms. Shockingly, I can't set the headlights to turn off automatically.

    Overall, I'm guardedly satisfied
  • gracejgracej Posts: 6
    So I've been pretty satisfied with my new insight, but the other day I had reason to open my rear window while on the highway and the whold car started shaking unbelievably. I tried opening the other rear window and found the same thing. The noise and shaking is such that you could not possibly drive at speed with the rear window open. It does not happen when the front windows are open.

    Anyone else have this going on? What's up with it?
  • dnatechdnatech Posts: 21
    I've been very interested in the Insight, in spite of some bad reviews on this blog. I just haven't seen ONE insight on the roads in Rhode Island. Has anyone any "insight" in this mystery ?(note that the car is available at Honda dealer websites)
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    I own one. Not to be jocular but the reason you aren't seeing any is because NOBODY is buying them! This car has turned out to be one of Honda's biggest flops ever.
  • Thats not true. Gas prices are still very low and this is the main reason the sales are lower but not rock bottom either. In my area ( Florida ) the Insight in doing well, not great and to say NoBody is buying is a false statement to make and nothing to back it up.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    This is common on many cars, including hatchbacks. Try opening both rear windows varying amounts and see if there is a setting that has minimal buffeting. One thing I do when I want a lot of fresh air but less noise and buffeting is open the front passenger window and the rear driver's side window. It creates a nice "flow-through" effect. This works on both my sedan and my two hatchbacks (one is a fast-back style like the Insight). Of course, it works best when only the driver is in the car.
  • franko1franko1 Posts: 15
    Reply to 176. Honda insight sold 2295 units in July, and 9819 units since March,09 The Toyota prius sold 19173 units in july, and 59, 571 units since March. The spread is getting worse. Your theory needs a new makeover. Looks like we all insight owners bought another Edsel. You can include me in this Edsel group.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    The base Prius is 22,000 and the Insight EX is 21,300 I believe.That really is not much of a difference.Who would buy the LX when it does not even have cruise control?
    My only Prius concern from what I read, the ESC which can not be disengaged.I can see that would be a serious problem for a hybrid.My Kia has it,but I can disengage at will.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    How can the spread be getting worse? Compared to what? This is a brand new car,the sample is much too small to draw any conclusions.I'm sure that Honda will get any bugs out and this car will sell like hot cakes once the price of gas goes back to $4 PG and you know that it will.It's inevitable.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Uhm... I don't see what your post has to do with the question that was asked and which I replied to. :confuse:

    I think there is an "Insight vs. Prius" discussion here someplace, though.
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    I went to trade my 2010 Honda Insight EX with just 575 miles on an $85,000 vehicle. The sales manager told me they loved getting in Accords and Civics as they always brought more money than they expected. He made a few calls on my Insight, NO-ONE wanted it!!! They can't sell the news ones and no-one wants a used In sight he said. I would not buy this vehicle if I had it to do over again!
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Before I take your post as "gospel" please explain to me why someone who can afford an $85,000 car would bother with an Insight.If you're just being "green" why not a Prius which is a proven vehicle?
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    Comments are funny. From Nov. 2008 to April 2009, the Honda Insight was the darling of the automotive press world. They test drove it and said it was wonderful. Now it is not selling and everyone thinks it is crap. What Happened?? I picked up my Insight on June 19. It is a tight car. Mileage has been 45-46 mpg. Works fine. Needs more power. Everything works. Not ready to dump it because they are not selling well or because some people are bad-mouthing it. Give it time. Honda makes good stuff. When gas goes up, it will sell.
  • galileo5galileo5 Posts: 10
    I'm convinced that dweiser is nothing but a troll. He says nothing but negative things about the Insight.

    Bet he doesn't even have one.
  • rookie60rookie60 Posts: 39
    The local Honda dealer had a new owners clinic last night. I attended and talked with a few new Insight owners. ALL loved their Insight. One man said he was a autocross "driver" and took both the Prius and the Insight on a road test. I'm sure neither car was wonderful. However, he said the Insight was a much better handling car. Also it was more intuative for the controls. ALL people got mid-40s for mileage. NO COMPLAINTS. I think the car will eventually be a good seller; especially when gas prices rise.
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