The history of hybrid vehicles is portrayed by a different style or, arguably, weird-looking designs. The 2019 Honda Insight tries to counter the trend. Taken from the popular Honda Civic, the Insight combines a handsome sedan body-style with exceptional hybrid efficiency.
The 2019 Honda Insight is a midsize sedan that is available in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. In base form, the Honda Insight includes features like power windows with an automatic up/down function, automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a 5-inch color audio display. Impressively, all trims now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. That means even the cheapest Insight has advanced safety and convenience technologies such as forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist and dynamic cruise control.
Powering the 2019 Honda Insight is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 107 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque. When combined with one of the two electric motors, total system output is 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. A second motor works as a generator that powers the electric propulsion motor and recharges the 60-kilowatt lithium-ion battery. Unlike most hybrid cars, the Insight does not have a transmission. Instead, power drives the front wheels through an engine control unit that oversees the engine and the electric motors. This mechanical system makes the Insight return an EPA-estimated 55 mpg city and 49 mpg highway, which are excellent for a compact hybrid.
In testing, the 2019 Honda Insight Touring accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is quick for a hybrid. The 2019 Insight also features an EV mode, which under particular conditions, allows the driver to travel up to one mile using electricity alone.
1.5-liter 4-cylinder + electric motors
151 horsepower combined
197 lb-ft of torque combined
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 55/49 mpg and 51/45 mpg (Touring)
The 2019 Honda Insight is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base LX model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $23,725 (all prices include the $895 destination fee). Step up to the EX and your price comes in at $24,995. The Insight range-topper is the Touring trim which starts at $28,985.