Dedicated hybrid models usually offer better fuel efficiency than hybrid variants of regular gasoline-powered models. However, that trade-off often means an unattractive styling and skimping on features. That isn’t the case with the 2019 HondaInsight. It is an all-new, dedicated hybrid model that breaks the stereotypes surrounding hybrids.
A noteworthy aspect of the Insight is that it is a hybrid that doesn’t look like an average hybrid. Most casual observers would think it was just a sophisticated sedan. And, it is, but with a big secret: its hybrid powertrain. The appeal continues inside with a sleek cabin design. The Insight skips out on the plastic found in many other hybrids and uses lots of soft-touch, premium materials.
Under the hood, the Insight is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that drives the front wheels. This combination has a combined output of 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. A 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery is stored under the rear seats.
You can stay connected and entertained with the Insight’s long list of standard tech features. It includes a 5-inch central touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Pandora® internet radio, active noise cancellation, automatic climate control, and a multi-angle rearview camera.
The Insight comes standard with a host of advanced safety features. These include adaptive cruise control, a traffic sign reader, driver attention monitor, automatic high-beams, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. This could be a big incentive for buyers who are considering a hybrid but don’t want to pay extra for the safety features they want.
If the Insight has convinced you that hybrid cars can be attractive and affordable, contact Don Wessel Honda.