2012 Honda Insight
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Excellent Commuter Vehicle

by from Tucson, AZ on June 29, 2013

If you want one car and all you do is level-terrain driving, commuter-driving, errand-driving, then this is it. Forget the videos, I have 15,000 miles on mine and I'm getting 44mpg in Tucson blasting ...
If you want one car and all you do is level-terrain driving, commuter-driving, errand-driving, then this is it. Forget the videos, I have 15,000 miles on mine and I'm getting 44mpg in Tucson blasting A/C all the time. If, on the other hand, you need one-car-fits-all I'm not sure. Im not that overweight and on long drives it's not that comfortable. If you are into gadgets be prepared the Civic lets you stream music from your phone through bluetooth but the Insight does not. That annoyed me. My ipod/iphone has to be connected to the USB to make music happen. Using hands-free via bluetooth works great- really great actually. Just not streaming music and I don't think any bluetooth radio I've seen does a good job with iPod navigation. Let's get back to the part about how this is a car for driving/commuting. On one long drive through mountains coming out of San Diego my brother drove his top of the line Prius (with solar roof panels) and he had nothing on me in terms of speed and I beat him on gas mileage-- and I was using the paddle shifters to over-ride the automatic transmission. Let's talk transmission. I think CVT is the best things since sliced bread for transmissions and the Insight is very smooth. It's also silky quiet. The shuddering thing (in Econ mode the engine literally turns off at stoplights and then when you release the break pedal to go, it starts back up again instantly) I've read is not something I've experienced on mine- 2013 model. If you think its there and it bugs you then hit the econ button and the engine won't stop at traffic lights. I think the econ button mainly helps you if you want to modify your driving habits to maximize fuel economy by giving you excellent visual LCD indicators that give you instant feedback if you are driving. Now remember, if you turn off the Econ button then here's a tip: If you drive like your great grandma, you will get phenomenal gas mileage-- up to just under 50mpg in my case. If you drive like you're 16, open container, and you just stole something, you'll have to settle for 42-43mpg. I drive it like I really mean it and blast the A/C all the time and I get 44 mpg. The engine is quiet and I think very refined but obviously not powerful. If you need to romp, get a car with a more powerful engine. If driving the legal speed limit annoys you, get a different car. If you really need to drive through floods and rutted roads on a routine basis, don't get this car. If you drive with a lot of combined weight in the vehicle get a different car. If you go up and down mountains, get a different car. If you are the type of person who wants to feel wrapped in cast-iron and on-top-of-everybody-else when you drive I don't think you'll be happy with the Insight. On the other hand consider this. Let's start with those reviewer videos. If you look at the "professional" video-reviews and wonder if the reviewers are Toyota employees, trust your gut and buy this car, made by Honda-- I'm not a Honda employee and I don't work in (or on) "cars." If you want a vehicle meticulously engineered with state-of-the-art technology to provide comfort over short-medium distances, hi-tech features like Continuously Variable Transmission, traction and tire sensors, and oh by the way 44 mpg all at a very compelling price from a company renowned for quality, reliability, and longevity, then buy this car.
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Fantastic Prius alternative!

by from Memphis TN on November 15, 2012

I purchased a base 2012 Honda Insight about 8 weeks ago. The Insight is stylish, sporty and in my opinion had a better ride than the Prius. The base model comes without anything - so I had the dealer ...
I purchased a base 2012 Honda Insight about 8 weeks ago. The Insight is stylish, sporty and in my opinion had a better ride than the Prius. The base model comes without anything - so I had the dealer add cruise control at his cost! (I mean why would Honda sell a car in this day and age without cruise control?) The car has averaged between 44 - 48 mpg combined. (I did get 51 mpg combined on one tank of gas - but 44 - 48 is proving to be the range based on my driving style.) The base Insight is $5000 to $7000 cheaper than the Prius (based upon my shopping experience) My only negative comment is that finding an Insight at your local dealers is not easy!
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great for sales

by from Memphis TN on August 18, 2012

Came with no defects Driving 800 - 1000 miles a week - getingt 48 -52mpg depending on conditions. Plenty of room - am 6' 3" and 230 - car is comfortable all day. Plenty of room for samples. Quieter th...
Came with no defects Driving 800 - 1000 miles a week - getingt 48 -52mpg depending on conditions. Plenty of room - am 6' 3" and 230 - car is comfortable all day. Plenty of room for samples. Quieter than any Honda I have ever owned. Not much in terms of cup holders, and they are hard to reach. 20k miles in first four months - no problems or issues - note that tire pressure sensors may false read after hitting a deep puddle. Two adults can sit in the back seat and not be cramped. Car has exceeded my expectations. I will likely buy a second one.
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cheap transportation

by from Michigan on June 25, 2012

Recently purchased Insight Ex and took a road trip to Canada. Averaged 47.4 mpg with freeway driving and headwinds. When crusing at 60, am averaging more than 52mpgs. It needs babying when climbing st...
Recently purchased Insight Ex and took a road trip to Canada. Averaged 47.4 mpg with freeway driving and headwinds. When crusing at 60, am averaging more than 52mpgs. It needs babying when climbing steep hills but its worth it for the economy. I purchased the Insight based on other consumers reviews and I highly recommend it for others. Buy the Insight and use your money for other things instead of foreign gas.
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Stunning value, and a great drive

by from UK on April 3, 2012

I've read reviews of the Insight elsewhere, and some seem to miss the point that this is a completely different kind of car. It actually teaches you how to drive more economically. My Insight EX crui...
I've read reviews of the Insight elsewhere, and some seem to miss the point that this is a completely different kind of car. It actually teaches you how to drive more economically. My Insight EX cruises quietly, has comfortable full-leather seats, voice control of many features (including the air conditioning, sat nav and audio), cruse control, bluetooth phone connection, a socket for your iPod, and much more. I'm only on my second tank of fuel from new, but already we're close to 50mpg (US)/60mpg(UK)! The IMA motor uses regenerative braking to slow the car whilst charging the battery pack - so that energy is there to help you off the line from the lights, instead of being lost as heat in the brakes. The continuously variable transmission works smoothly and seamlessly but if you prefer to change gear yourself, you can put the lever into 'sport' mode and drive it as a seven-speed manual, using the paddle-shifters on the steering wheel. But that kind of misses the point of this car: let it do all of that for you, quietly optimising everything, helping you achieve great mileage in a thoroughly enjoyable way. I thought a hybrid would be expensive, boring and deeply compromised, but the amazing Honda Insight has proved me completely wrong. Add to all that a great warranty, Honda's legendary reliability record, cheap insurance, one of the highest safety ratings, ultra-low road tax - and this becomes a hugely compelling choice that gets close to the perfect compromise of practicality, good looks and minimal running costs.
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2012 Honda Insight - A best kept secret!

by from Memphis, TN on October 5, 2012

Wow! what a car! Forget the estimated EPA mileage ratings. I am getting a 48 - 53 mpg average overall in all types of driving conditions. (Econ mode) Besides the outstanding mileage, the other benefi...
Wow! what a car! Forget the estimated EPA mileage ratings. I am getting a 48 - 53 mpg average overall in all types of driving conditions. (Econ mode) Besides the outstanding mileage, the other benefit of the Insight is the HUD. The HUD on the Insight is directly in front of the driver, on the Prius it is to the right of the driver, which of course diverts the driver's attention away from the road. Another outstanding feature I like about this automobile is the instant "color" feedback you get based on your driving habits. I have a lead foot, so using the Econ color feedback really re-enforces proper and energy-saving driving habits. Run and buy this car before they are all gone.
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51 MPG

by from USUHS, Bethesda Naval on April 23, 2012

I was very skeptical, but I am honestly averaging 51 MPGs on both city and highway. I commute over 38 miles one way and I gladly gave up the comfort of my Volvo S40 for the Honda Insight. Getting twic...
I was very skeptical, but I am honestly averaging 51 MPGs on both city and highway. I commute over 38 miles one way and I gladly gave up the comfort of my Volvo S40 for the Honda Insight. Getting twice the mileage is worth losing my "Man Card" at the dealership. It is less Hybridish than the Toyota Prius and not at all what I had expected. I have been in the Army over 16 years and never thought I would lose power over mpg's....but I am a true believer after saving over $125 this month !! Do yourself a favor and just test drive one, before gas gets to $5 a gallon.
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Superior car!

by from Stow, ma on December 10, 2012

so many people feel the peer pressure to choose the Prius. The Insight costs less & the mpg is almost as good. The review I had read talked about a rougher ride; I did not feel it in the test drive or...
so many people feel the peer pressure to choose the Prius. The Insight costs less & the mpg is almost as good. The review I had read talked about a rougher ride; I did not feel it in the test drive or ever on my own. It is a wonderful vehicle!
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super gas mileage

by from chicago illinois on April 5, 2012

it is rated 41-44 mpg i am getting 47mpg city a nice surprise its approx. 5 -7 grand less than prius and very insigniff. differen. in mpg
it is rated 41-44 mpg i am getting 47mpg city a nice surprise its approx. 5 -7 grand less than prius and very insigniff. differen. in mpg
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Great Car but watch for pricey extras

by from Torrance, CA on February 27, 2012

As with all dealerships, extras are costly. I love the hatchback features and the fold down seats in back. It's a smaller car than my last Hybrid but more available room. So far I've averaged about 41...
As with all dealerships, extras are costly. I love the hatchback features and the fold down seats in back. It's a smaller car than my last Hybrid but more available room. So far I've averaged about 41 MPG. If I were on the freeway more, it would do better with mileage.
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