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2019 Honda Insight

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$22,930 — $28,190 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
48-52 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Aaron Bragman

Honda keeps trying to get people interested in the Insight hybrid. First, it was a tiny two-door hatchback that showed up in 1999, before people knew what hybrids were — and it flopped. A decade later, it tried to become a Prius fighter, adding a pair of doors, Prius-like styling and room for five — and given that it was noisy, slow and felt cheap inside, it also flopped. Now we have the third attempt at an Insight — a larger, more premium product based largely on the highly successful Honda Civic, and the question becomes: In a time when everyone is clamoring for crossovers and SUVs, will anyone want a new Prius-fighting hybrid compact sedan?

Related: Eat Your Heart Out, Sammy Hagar: 2019 Honda Insight Can Drive 55 ... MPG

The Prius itself is struggling in the market, a victim of waning interest in the vehicle type and Buck Rogers-on-a-bad-acid-trip styling. The new Honda Insight aims to slide into this segment with much more appealing looks, a far nicer cabin, better usability and fuel efficiency that matches the latest Toyota hybrid.

Electrified, Not Electrifying

This latest Insight uses a lot of the hybrid system technology Honda employs in the larger Accord and Clarity hybrids. Unlike Honda's earlier Integrated Motor Assist hybrids, which had just one motor-generator and failed to achieve the efficiencies of Toyota's hybrids, the two-motor hybrid system does have two electric motor-generators, though technically one of them serves only as ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Great commuter

by MC1203 from Palm Desert, CA on January 8, 2019

Purchased this vehicle as a commuter. I was not looking forward to owning a commuter until I found this vehicle. It looks and feels very similar to an accord but has the mileage of a Prius. Read full review

(2.0)

Fuel economy steadily declines after 2 months

by DanaDave from Dana Point on January 8, 2019

Car has all of the standard limitations of hybrids and now suffers from poor fuel economy ($27K) and you get cheap plastic door levers and door panels. Goofball interior design with cloth covered door ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Honda Insight currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Honda Insight has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

C
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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