...a motorcycle that won't kill you
May 6, 2015
the 2004 honda insight seats 2, and their small immediately needed personal belongings. much more than that will need to be shipped freight.
i've been driving mine for about a month now and on the first tank i averaged 57mpg, on the second, 65, and on the most recent, with some very hurried city driving, i've been averaging 45mpg.
the aluminum body coupled with 2 different track-widths for the front and rear wheels makes for a bumpy ride on rough roads, but the seats are supportive and comfortable. this is only an issue because of noise... some of the weight reduction shows itself over time in the interior especially. the glove compartment door doesn't have that honda clunk to it, it's thin plastic. still strong, and it feels durable, but it's not like the 6th or 7th gen civic with it's confidence inspiring "i'm an affordable tool" vibe. above 85mph on interstates the glove box vibrates a touch. i've looked for hinge adjustments, but nothing seems to make it better. it's not horrible, but it is an annoyance.
the hybrid's battery location is smart, directly behind the driver. this is also nice because it raises the storage area's floor up to an almost "table" height, which is convenient when standing in a parking lot, repacking a briefcase between meetings, or going through cargo, but is bothersome when lifting heavy objects up into the boot. i don't mind it, but you may.
if you're in the market for one, look for an example with the most possible options. the 4 speaker stereo is infinitely better than the 2 in door base system, or at least twice as good. i'm happy i have it.
i do not have cruise, but on long stretches at static speeds, i wish i did.
i'm thrilled to finally own one, and i'm glad i waited until i found a clean, well maintained example. if you could live with a motorcycle, you could live with an insight. it makes an excellent daily driver, and i have another car for when i need to take more people/things around.