2012 Honda Insight – Designed for the Daily Commuter (No More)

August 29th, 2012 by

When the Honda Insight was launched, Honda intended it to be the most affordable small car in the market. It is usually compared to Honda Fit because they are both five-door subcompact hatchbacks. The EPA ratings of the 2012 Insight are also really good (see here). The automotive press says that shoppers who prefer hybrid but not the hefty price tag will love the 2012 Insight. The updates of the new Insight include a new grille, better materials for the interior and some more. Its fuel efficiency also got a bit higher compared to older models. The 2012 Insight’s design is more on the smooth and high-tail look. It is made to cleave through the air with as little aerodynamic resistance as possible which in return will burn lesser fuel. Aside from the new grille, the front fascia and the rear bumper are modified, too.

There is a two-level instrument panel inside the 2012 Insight where you can see the digital speedometer and the status information above the main gauge area. You will find the climate controls at the right of the steering wheel.

The 2012 Insight is equipped with a 1.3-liter engine with a 10-kilowatt electric motor. The electric motor is placed between the engine and a continuously variable transmission. If you combine both, you will have a total of 98 horsepower. The motor restarts the engine in case it stops. It also acts as a generator that will recharge the battery pack when the car brakes.

If you love to go around the town, the 2012 Insight is perfect for you. Take off from stoplights are quick and driving it is truly pleasant. Handling is decent, too even if it’s a small car. High-speed cruising is also not a problem with the Insight because it is quiet and civilized as one review said.