Honda Insight: Which Should You Buy, 2021 or 2022?

honda-insight-2022-oem-01-angle-dynamic-exterior-front 2022 Honda Insight | Manufacturer image

Most significant changes: The base trim (LX) has been discontinued for 2022. Two other trims, the EX and Touring, remain. Other than that, changes are minimal.  

Pricing (with destination): The Insight now starts at $26,205 for the EX. The Touring trim starts at $30,235. Prices for both have increased by $440 apiece. 

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Which should you buy, 2021 or 2022? The elimination of the LX for 2022 means a real-world price increase of closer to $2,400, with the EX now the most affordable choice for 2022. With no other notable changes to the Insight, the smart — and frugal — choice is to go with a 2021. 

Based on the outgoing generation of the Honda Civic sedan, the Insight has unique styling, a more upscale interior and a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which is good for a total 152 horsepower and an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 48 to 52 mpg combined. A worthy alternative to the Toyota Prius, the Insight offers two trim levels and more-conventional styling along with practicality. A long list of standard safety features and excellent crash-test results help it secure a Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

Related: Here’s Every Car That Earned an IIHS Top Safety Award for 2021

Features and Safety Tech

All Insights come with front-wheel drive, a continuously variable transmission, hands-on lane centering at higher speeds and a blind spot warning system. Other standard features include automatic climate control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, an 8-inch touchscreen and keyless access with push-button start. The Touring trim adds heated leather seats, navigation, a moonroof, premium audio, a Wi-Fi hotspot and more.


Inside, you’ll find an upscale interior with seating for five, and decent legroom front and rear. Headroom in the backseat is somewhat limited, but the Insight has adequate trunk volume for a compact sedan. 

Performance and MPG

The hybrid powertrain provides brisk acceleration and excellent fuel economy, with the electric motor providing abundant torque from a standstill. The four-cylinder gas engine can be noisy when pushed, however.

With an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined on EX trims (48 mpg for the Touring), fuel economy is a strong suit, and nearly identical to competitors like the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Prius.

The Insight rides well for a compact sedan, absorbing most road imperfections well. While not overly sporty to drive, it has responsive steering and a low center of gravity thanks to the hybrid battery. 

2022 Pricing

With the LX no longer on the menu, Insight prices begin at $26,205 for an EX. The Touring trim starts at $30,235.

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