An Uncomfortable Car that is Amazingly Reliable
July 15, 2018
I'm very satisfied with my 2010 Honda Insight, eight years in. I have found it to be sturdy, reliable, responsive, easy-to-use, and very low maintenance. It fires up like a champ and just keeps going; vehicle is serviced regularly. I've had no problem with structural elements, critical mechanicals, A/C, lights, or electricals - besides recalls on both the front driver-side airbag and front passenger-side airbag, and a rubber strip that runs along the roof above the doors. The motor feels responsive in all but the most aggressive accelerations, and has always had adequate power on the highway. Steering feels tight and hugs curves; I've made many tight turnarounds on narrow roads because of its acute turning radius. I feel like my visibility out of the windows and mirrors is solid with lines of sight all-around-the-car for a tall guy like me, though my shorter friends have less flattering opinions of their visibility from the driver's seat. I've never had a shortage of cargo space, especially with the nearly-flat-folding back seats; I've not had comfortable experiences sleeping in the rear as the seats don't fold flat completely, but it can get the job done. Passengers have described the interior aesthetics of the driver's gauges and the console as "like a spaceship." The many, many plastic pieces, latches, and levers throughout the cabin have all held up well over the years; nothing is loose or feels flimsy. The fabric seats have held up. I find the driver's seat hits the lower back in a way that makes my back tighten up on road trips, making me (and my most frequent passengers) second-guess taking my car on long-haul drives; pillows recommended. Head clearance is low in the back seats. I'm happy with this car; I've found it drives well for commutes and errands, and am delighted by how few mechanical problems I've had with it, and I like the clarity of the gauges and user interfaces. It's a well-built car. But, xxxx those seats!