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2011 Honda Insight Consumer Reviews

4.5
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Great Commuter Car!!

by from Georgetown Indiana on January 29, 2011

I bought this car to be my daily driver. I wanted to save gas when it is just me in the car. It is a very nice car to drive. Very quiet. Playing the Eco game is fun as well but trying to keep it in th...
I bought this car to be my daily driver. I wanted to save gas when it is just me in the car. It is a very nice car to drive. Very quiet. Playing the Eco game is fun as well but trying to keep it in the green all the time is impossible. Going up hill with the cruise control on you get the dark blue halo. My first tank of gas I averaged 44.3 miles per gallon. The dealership said that this would go up once the motor breaks in all the way and I believe it. The split back window got bad reviews but I don't mind it at all. It is really a non issue as far as I'm concerned. Overall it is a very nice car to drive. I think we are going to get along just fine together. I highly recommend this car as a daily driven commuter car. As far as reliability goes I haven't had it long enough to comment on that. But it is a Honda so I'm betting that it is very reliable.
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Excellent vehicle

by from Atlanta, Ga on March 8, 2011

After 3,000 miles I am still enjoying the handling and good gas mileage of my 2011 Insight. I get about 50 mpg city and 40 mpg highway; the city mileage is consistly higher than the EPA rating (40 mpg...
After 3,000 miles I am still enjoying the handling and good gas mileage of my 2011 Insight. I get about 50 mpg city and 40 mpg highway; the city mileage is consistly higher than the EPA rating (40 mpg). It's not a sports car, but has much better perfomance than the other small cars that I drove. It was a little pricier than the other cars, but with gas currently at $3.45/gallon, I'll make up the difference in a few years. In summary: Fun to drive, super gas mileage, and price nearly the same as a non-hybrid
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Great Value!!! Great Car!!!

by from Clarksville, TN on March 23, 2011

I traded in my GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT and am never looking back. I average 46.5 miles per gallon. I drive 50/50 city and highway driving. I was lucky enough to get the last one on the dealer lot. No is...
I traded in my GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT and am never looking back. I average 46.5 miles per gallon. I drive 50/50 city and highway driving. I was lucky enough to get the last one on the dealer lot. No issues with anything on this car. I absolutely love it. I got the top of the line EX model for the same price as the Prius II model (base model). The driving experience is fun with Honda's interactive color driving. Cant say enough about this car. I have always wanted a hybrid, and I am glad I chose this one. I looked at the Prius, and the Hyundai Elantra. The best bang for the buck is the Honda. Great name, and a great car. I am not in any way working for Honda I just am that impressed with this car. Thanks Mike.
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Forgives bad driving habits

by from Clarkston, MI on July 7, 2011

2011 Insight EX was purchased for 150 mile daily commute. For a 6'2" male driver, the leg room and seat comfort is surprising. I have over 4k miles on it in 2 months and get an average of 44 miles pe...
2011 Insight EX was purchased for 150 mile daily commute. For a 6'2" male driver, the leg room and seat comfort is surprising. I have over 4k miles on it in 2 months and get an average of 44 miles per gallon based on gas fill and mileage, not the computer. When driving slow and sensible, have gotten 50.5 miles per gallon. When the foot gets heavy (75-80 mph) and hard accels, still 42 mpg. Makes me smile. Some have reported steering issues. Steering response gets soggy on very windy days, but not unmanageable by any means. EX with the paddle shifters and CVT in manual mode make it a delight to drive on twisty roads and does help acceleration. At $5k less for a comparable Prius, and prettier, it's a deal at any trim level.
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Good Buy

by from los angeles, on May 17, 2011

This car fuel effieincy is great. Comfort is good for value of car. Like this car a lot. Easy parking also.
This car fuel effieincy is great. Comfort is good for value of car. Like this car a lot. Easy parking also.
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2011 Honda Insight

by from Atlanta, GA on September 21, 2011

I recently bought a 2011 Honda Insight and I am exceptionally pleased with it. I spent a lot of time studying hybrids before I purchased and, in the end, it was a "value" decision. I purchased a 2011 ...
I recently bought a 2011 Honda Insight and I am exceptionally pleased with it. I spent a lot of time studying hybrids before I purchased and, in the end, it was a "value" decision. I purchased a 2011 Insight, fully loaded, with navigation system for $21,999, new. A Toyota Prius with comparable features is almost $10,000 dollars more. When I reviewed the mileage data for Insights and Prius' input by owners at fuelly.com, it appears that in real-world driving there is only about a 2 mpg difference between the two cars, overall. I am currently recording +50 mpg for my commute. In short, I am incredibly happy with this car and would recommend it to others.
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Great car so far

by from Southern Minnesota on July 29, 2011

Have only had the car about 4 months, not quite 5,000 miles yet. Was told by salespeople to not expect optimum fuel economy till after 5k. So far, city 39 mpg, highway 44-46. No complaints. Have taken...
Have only had the car about 4 months, not quite 5,000 miles yet. Was told by salespeople to not expect optimum fuel economy till after 5k. So far, city 39 mpg, highway 44-46. No complaints. Have taken on trips of 150-175 miles and been satisfied with comfort. Only complaint is getting into it; am over 70 years old with a cranky hip and it's a bit tricky. We love the infrequent trips to the gas pump and the short stays when there. With only limited expeience with it so far would still highly recommend it to someone who wants a fun little car.
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Love this car

by from Hernando, Florida on December 30, 2012

This is not an easy car to find in a preo-owned, late model, with low mileage. It took me a while to find one and I purchased a 2010 with 31k miles in September of this year. Five weeks later, I was r...
This is not an easy car to find in a preo-owned, late model, with low mileage. It took me a while to find one and I purchased a 2010 with 31k miles in September of this year. Five weeks later, I was rear-ended at a stop light by a young lady who wasn't paying attention. Not only was the back of my car crunched, but i was shoved into several other vehicles and the front was crunched as well. My precious car was totaled! I wasn't hurt at all! I really believe that this car protected me. I had to find another and I had only a few weeks to do so. I was fortunate to locate a 2011 with only 14k miles. I love this car. In trying to maximize my gas mileage I am paying much more attention to my acceleration and my driving technique in general. It has made me a better and more aware driver and I love to challenge myself to get the best mileage every time out. I am averaging close to 52 MPG. I love the way it handles and the acceleration is there when I need it. It isn't a fancy car, but everything on the dash is handy and easy to use, unlike the Prius. The only negatives are the headlights, which really are not bright enough nor do they extend a good enough distance. I had read about this in other reviews before I purchased the car, so I am not the only one. Also, the seat back is very uncomfortable. It has a built in lumbar support which curves outward into one's lower back so much, that one's mid, upper back and shoulder blades don't even touch the seat. IT IS NOT ADJUSTABLE! If I lean back fully, my back is unnaturally bent and I get a back ache. So I have to have a foam cushion behind my upper back and shoulder blades so I can sit comfortably. I hope Honda will change this someday. My previous car was a Civic and no problem whatsoever with the seat. But both Insights had the same problem. Those are my only two complaints so far, everything else is great!
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Unfairly undervalued hybrid

by from Fairfax, VA on February 10, 2015

As a result of driving Insight, I became a safety driver. Ecological driving is safe driving. Insight teaches you. I consistently get over 40+mpg city, and sometimes reach 60+mpg. Many Insight owners...
As a result of driving Insight, I became a safety driver. Ecological driving is safe driving. Insight teaches you. I consistently get over 40+mpg city, and sometimes reach 60+mpg. Many Insight owners report better MPGs than advertised. To keep the car in a good condition, never coast in neutral as CVT transmission would get damaged over time. You can drive aggressively if you want. Insight definitely has the ability to accelerate fast. Most Insight owners just choose not to, because fuel efficiency is the reason they choose hybrid. The driver's seat is comfortable. Interior is nice and roomy to my surprise. My Insight's trim is EX w/ Navi but this navigation is not useful. I connect my iPhone with bluetooth instead for navigation - works great. True, rear view isn't great but I got used to it quickly. Not an issue. I like the design; better than Prius. Many people don't know Prius adopted the design. Prius forces you into eco-driving; you don't have a choice. With Insight, you have choices. That makes Insight more fun to drive than Prius, I guess.
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Better than advertised

by from St. Paul, MN on February 21, 2013

I just went over 30,000 on my 2011 Insight. First off, I was expecting 40 - 43 MPG as was rated. Now I'd be upset if I averaged 43 MPG. I commute 60 miles per day in normal rush hour traffic. Currentl...
I just went over 30,000 on my 2011 Insight. First off, I was expecting 40 - 43 MPG as was rated. Now I'd be upset if I averaged 43 MPG. I commute 60 miles per day in normal rush hour traffic. Currently, with the cold weather -10 F to 30 F, I average about 48 MPG. But this car likes the warm weather. During the summer, I average the better than 57 MPG, with a best of 65.4. I recently drove from the upper Midwest to SC and back for vacation. We averaged 50 MPG on the button, driving normal interstate highway speeds. The Insight has good handling characteristics, although cornering at high speed can be a challenge with the narrow tires (175 65 R 15). I got much better handling with a set of performance tires, but lost about 2 - 3 MPG. The interior is OK, fine for a commuting car. Nothing special. The seats are OK. I tend so slide forward for some reason while driving. I tried a number of adjustments, but it still happens. This forces me to adjust in the seat while driving. With the budget I had when I bought the Insight, based on prices, I could either buy a used Prius or a new Insight. I found the Insight fit me and my driving style better than the Prius. I also have had a good experience with Honda in the past. All in all, ths is one of the best commuter cars I've owned. It's by far has the best MPG. It's also extremely reliable runner.
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