2011 Honda Insight

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Honda Insight. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    41 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    88-hp, 1.3-liter I-4 (gas hybrid)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
  • View more specs

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Front styling
  • Folding backseat
  • Fun to drive
  • Interior space
  • Interior quality
  • Observed mileage

The Bad

  • EPA underestimates mileage
  • Front seats are close to floor
  • Split rear window has few proponents
  • No cruise control on LX
  • No backup camera

Notable Features of the 2011 Honda Insight

  • Dedicated hybrid model
  • Seats five
  • Hatchback body style
  • Small four-cylinder engine plus electric motor
  • EPA-estimated 40/43 mpg

2011 Honda Insight Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Honda Insight is a five-seat hatchback that's intended to beat the Toyota Prius in terms of price and just about every non-hybrid in terms of mileage. It seats five, and for 2011, it gains a new, less-expensive model.

New for 2011
Honda has added a new base model that's simply called the Insight. Last year's LX and EX models also carry over, but with new content and features. An electronic stability system is standard on all Insight models.

Exterior
Though it shares some of its underlying structure with the Fit, Honda's smallest car, the Insight is a dedicated, hybrid-only model. Its nose looks more like Honda's FCX Clarity experimental fuel-cell car than the cutesy Fit. It recalls the Prius' aerodynamic profile and wedge-shaped tail. Exterior features include:

  • Optional alloy wheels
  • Optional turn-signal lights in the side mirrors

Interior
The Insight seats five and its interior volume qualifies it as a compact car. Cloth is the only interior option as leather isn
't offered. The rear seat folds to increase the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning and automatic climate control
  • Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard stereo MP3 jack
  • Optional cruise control
  • Optional USB input for the stereo
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls

Under the Hood
Like other Honda hybrids, the Insight uses an electric motor to assist in acceleration ...

Vehicle Overview

The Honda Insight is a five-seat hatchback that's intended to beat the Toyota Prius in terms of price and just about every non-hybrid in terms of mileage. It seats five, and for 2011, it gains a new, less-expensive model.

New for 2011
Honda has added a new base model that's simply called the Insight. Last year's LX and EX models also carry over, but with new content and features. An electronic stability system is standard on all Insight models.

Exterior
Though it shares some of its underlying structure with the Fit, Honda's smallest car, the Insight is a dedicated, hybrid-only model. Its nose looks more like Honda's FCX Clarity experimental fuel-cell car than the cutesy Fit. It recalls the Prius' aerodynamic profile and wedge-shaped tail. Exterior features include:

  • Optional alloy wheels
  • Optional turn-signal lights in the side mirrors

Interior
The Insight seats five and its interior volume qualifies it as a compact car. Cloth is the only interior option as leather isn
't offered. The rear seat folds to increase the cargo area. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning and automatic climate control
  • Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard stereo MP3 jack
  • Optional cruise control
  • Optional USB input for the stereo
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls

Under the Hood
Like other Honda hybrids, the Insight uses an electric motor to assist in acceleration and to recharge the battery pack when braking or coasting. It drives like any car. Though it technically can accelerate a little bit on electric power without burning fuel, the gas engine continues turning, so the experience isn't as silent and alien as it is in many hybrids. The EPA-estimated gas mileage is 40/43 mpg city/highway.

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Antilock brakes
  • Driver and front passenger active head restraints



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great car for the money

by HyundaiFan from Austin, TX on May 28, 2018

Good to get around town - especially in the city. Has great gas mileage and easy handling. You can also fit a surprising amount of stuff in this hatchback given the overall size. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by Bethmckinney from Asheville, NC on March 18, 2018

I've owned this car since November 2014, and it's been averaging 45 mpg since. Never had a problem, and compared to Prius' I've driven- I genuinely prefer the Insight. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Insight currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Honda Insight Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Insight received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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