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2010 Honda Insight Consumer Reviews

4.4
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Great Commuter Car

by from Des Moines, IA on December 2, 2009

I purchased an Insight LX a couple of months ago, and have been very happy with it thus far. While I was originally planning to purchase a Prius, my wife already has a Prius and we decided that it wou...
I purchased an Insight LX a couple of months ago, and have been very happy with it thus far. While I was originally planning to purchase a Prius, my wife already has a Prius and we decided that it would make more sense to get a smaller (and cheaper!) vehicle for my commute (about 12 miles each way). The insight is not going to blow anybody away performance-wise (although in sport mode with econ off it blows the Prius out of the water), but my 47.1 mpg average over about 6000 miles so far more than makes up for that. I haven't had any problems with the car, and find it to be generally comfortable and sort of fun to drive. I miss having a manual transmission, but the CVT in the Insight is, from what I hear, a necessity in terms of getting the maximum benefit from the hybrid system. While the Insight is small, its form factor makes it surprisingly versatile. I frequently need to move large boxes, and my dog's kennel, and have had no problems in that regard (far better than my old '08 civic). The car actually feels smallest in terms of its width, though other than sacrificing center console space, that doesn't seem to be a big deal. I definitely would not recommend this vehicle for anybody who routinely needs to have three people in the rear seat, although I've had two adult passengers in back on a few occasions and have had no complaints. The interior is definitely that of a budget vehicle, but is generally well-configured and attractive. I'm a huge fan of the hybrid-specific display readouts, which provide some useful fuel economy information and nice cues regarding real-time driving efficiency. In terms of features, the Insight EX and EX Nav are certainly more full-featured than my LX, but I can't complain too much (considering its purpose as a commuter vehicle). The LX lacks cruise control and variable intermittent wipers, but includes temperature-based climate control and an external temperature sensor, which I'm not used to seeing on base-level vehicles. All-in-all, I'm happy with my little Insight, and would highly recommend to others who are looking for an efficient, versatile, and relatively inexpensive vehicle.
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If you can Go for it...

by from Warren, RI on August 11, 2010

Ok.. So I spent the better part of 6-8 months researching cars hovering around 15-20k that I could get great gas mileage with and count on for the long haul. I spent much too much time reviewing the Y...
Ok.. So I spent the better part of 6-8 months researching cars hovering around 15-20k that I could get great gas mileage with and count on for the long haul. I spent much too much time reviewing the Y@ris, Fiest@, & Fit on sites just like this for countless hours only to fall in love with the Honda Fit and then having my heart broken (luckily) on no year end incentives from the manufactr... Reanalyzing the market I found the Insight and couldnt believe the incentive, MPG's, warranty's, look & feel, and overall sticker against similar models (within the under 20k range).. So I moved on it and couldnt be happier with the futuristic bladerunner setup and figit'ing with all the gagets to get the best MPG's.. And let me say for the record (and please do review other sites) that you can get 50-60 MPG if you play it right and take it easy - which is simply unreal.. So yes - if your looking for a hot rod - look else where - I went from a car with 220 HP to this Pepster and lets just say the high speed lane or passing people just doesnt seem that important anymore when your getting double the millage (if your an aggressive driver you may want to pass - because the car will be frowning blue at you - which may in turn depress you..). And Im 6'2'' and have no problem FITing in the car. So if you can hustle a good sticker on the lot and think like me that this could be an investment if gas prices are at a current lull per the recession and senseless folks are still buying land tanks (up 20% this yr..) Then pull the trigger Best of luck & read up on the whole tips to increase your MPG (like not using your AC when city driving) Cheers
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No regrets

by from great lakes on November 13, 2010

I bought the EX model at year end sale mostly for my wife and consider it a very good value. Complaints about the small rear seat are accurate, it really could use another 2" longer wheelbase. I have ...
I bought the EX model at year end sale mostly for my wife and consider it a very good value. Complaints about the small rear seat are accurate, it really could use another 2" longer wheelbase. I have driven both gen 2 and 3 Prius. The 2009 and earlier versions have no road feel and I would not want them. The new one is vastly improved and would suit a family better than the Insight. For 2 or Mustang style 2+2 occasional seating the Insight is viable. The front seats are very comfortable for me (6' 2") with good lumbar and lateral support similar to my VW tdi. I honestly do enjoy driving it. If your taste runs toward cushy seats and ride shop Toyota or Buick. Fuel economy is never below 43 and often over 50 for us, occasionally up to 55. In other words pretty much on par with the gen 2 prius and easily better than the EPA prediction. Around town it is better than my TDI and about the same on open roads. The VW has significantly more pep. Love the instrumentation that presents cues useful for efficient driving in front of you and logically. I have also noticed that the split rear window can help block headlights in the rear view mirror as someone mentioned above. Power is adequate but no more. Sport mode won't add much zip to acceleration but used with paddle shifters reasonable acceleration can be achieved while controlling engine rpm to avoid buzziness that some reviewers have complained about. The engine revs pretty fast and can be annoying if you just floor the pedal in eco mode. Toyota fans make a big deal of their "full hybrid" status but I see little value in their ability to drive less than a mile electrically. Eventually you have to burn gas to recharge. The Honda is simpler and 300 pounds lighter while achieving almost as much fuel efficiency. The lack of floor mats and a cover for cargo under the hatchback on the EX is a cheap touch that should be addressed by Honda. We put a trailer hitch on to carry bikes and the installation was not difficult.
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2010 Honda Insight LX

by from Modesto, CA on October 16, 2010

I have owned my new 2010 Honda Insight LX for about two and a half months now, and can honestly say I got much more than I anticipated. I am consistently averaging over 50 mpg with mpgs topping out at...
I have owned my new 2010 Honda Insight LX for about two and a half months now, and can honestly say I got much more than I anticipated. I am consistently averaging over 50 mpg with mpgs topping out at 60 if I'm careful on the highway and keep between 60-65 mph. For those concerned with its performance I can safely say it is rather peppy for a hybrid, and accelerates from rest much faster than the 2010 Toyota Prius (The Insight can spin its tires around corners, try that in a prius!). The Prius is faster as speeds increase to about 40 mph though. My family owns both the 2010 Prius and 2010 Insight with my preference being the Insight. Styling is great, much more aggressive than the Prius and it gets many looks from passersby. I enjoy driving both hybrids, but for affordability reasons (I am a recent college grad) I chose the Honda Insight.
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I luv this car

by from St Louis, MO on June 16, 2012

I was getting 12 to 15 MPG when the price of gas jumped, turned in that car on a new 2010 Insight. Best move I ever made. I've gotten 55 MPG on the highway and right around 36 to 38 in the city. No co...
I was getting 12 to 15 MPG when the price of gas jumped, turned in that car on a new 2010 Insight. Best move I ever made. I've gotten 55 MPG on the highway and right around 36 to 38 in the city. No complaints, it's perfect. Would buy another one in a heart beat.
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Excellent Car

by from New Jersey on February 7, 2010

This car combines great handling with excellent brakes. It is a very responsive and well designed car. My combined mileage has hovered around 45. The EX model is the way to go. I did not get the Nav s...
This car combines great handling with excellent brakes. It is a very responsive and well designed car. My combined mileage has hovered around 45. The EX model is the way to go. I did not get the Nav system - too costly. I use my Garmin Nuvi which works great. The body structure is tight and strong and the front seats are comfortable. The rear seat is a little tight for tall people and the carge area is more than adequate. The fit and finish are top notch. I test drove the 2010 Prius before I drove and purchased the Insight. I did not like the Prius handling or brake response. I have had the car less than 3 months and have driven 8,000 miles. I have not had a single problem with this car. It is a very synergistic car - all components works well together. Based upon the cost, quality, handling and fuel economy, I highly recommend this car.
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Great Car

by from Austin, TX on October 10, 2010

I've had my Insight LX for about a week. It is a wonderful car. My wife drives a 2008 Civic Hybrid, which is a very pleasant car. The Insight in many ways is an improvement over the Civic. Although th...
I've had my Insight LX for about a week. It is a wonderful car. My wife drives a 2008 Civic Hybrid, which is a very pleasant car. The Insight in many ways is an improvement over the Civic. Although the Civic is larger in terms of passenger room, it has better cargo space due to the hatchback and fold-down seat. The hybrid technology of the Insight is more refined than the Civic, leading to a more pleasant driving experience. This is particularly true due to the programming recall/update that was done on 2008 Civic hybrids, which has lead to somewhat reduced fuel economy and less acceleration power. The Insight is extremely well designed. The interior is pleasant and feels very comfortable for a 5'9" driver. As has been noted, the back seat leg room is limited, but the importance of this depends on one's need. It does not seem to be a problem for short people. This is really a 4 person car, not a 5 person car, although it may be possible to cram three into the back seat. The cargo space is very good. MPG has been excellent, as I have averaged around 47 on the first tank in largely around-town driving. Some people complain about rear visibility, but I have not found that a problem at all--at least not so far. The car is fun to drive, handles very well, and has plenty of acceleration for my needs, even in ECON mode. Given the price, which is now being heavily discounted at Honda dealers (because Americans are short-sighted and have slowed purchasing hybrids considerably), it blows the Prius away. I love the car so far.
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Love my Insight

by from Iowa on May 4, 2012

I thought I would wait until I made it through an Iowa winter before I chimed in about this car. I LOVE IT! I'm consistently getting 45 mpg in town and generally above 54 mpg on the highway. Easily en...
I thought I would wait until I made it through an Iowa winter before I chimed in about this car. I LOVE IT! I'm consistently getting 45 mpg in town and generally above 54 mpg on the highway. Easily enough get up and go for passing and maintaining a cruising speed of 70 mph on the interstate. Only complaint: I'm having issues with the tires....had flats three times this spring and one blow out. Not sure if it's just bad luck or the initial tires were that cheap. I would buy this car again in a heart beat.
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Great gas milliage.

by from Bay City, MI on June 15, 2012

Great gas milliage. Great paint color. The windows are tinted at the right shade. The radio sounds great, mps plugs into front of system.
Great gas milliage. Great paint color. The windows are tinted at the right shade. The radio sounds great, mps plugs into front of system.
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Fun Fun Fun

by from Kauai, HI on March 28, 2011

The Insight is a super-fun little car. It reminds me of my mom's Honda CVCC in the 70's, quick, agile and full of life. And, the most fun part is that it gets close to 50 MPG. In 13 months it still ge...
The Insight is a super-fun little car. It reminds me of my mom's Honda CVCC in the 70's, quick, agile and full of life. And, the most fun part is that it gets close to 50 MPG. In 13 months it still gets 47-49 MPG, and with gas here in Hawaii at $4.32 gal, that really keeps it fun! The only draw back is acceleration, but the gizmos on the dash tell you (and prompt you) to keep fast starts to a minimum.
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