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Honda Insight
Honda Insight to be priced from $18,200

For years, it seemed as though the Toyota was the darling of the "green" automotive movement with its popular Prius (currently in its third generation). The hybrid in its current form has an EPA combined fuel economy rating of around 50 mpg and has a price tag that starts in the low 20s and explodes from there.

Honda has tried to mirror the success of the Prius with its second generation Insight, but hasn't had much luck. The Prius continues to crush it in sales despite the fact that the Prius is priced higher across the board. Even with this evidence clearly presented to Honda, the company is moving forward with an even cheaper version of its Insight.

A new model, called simply the "Insight", will join the Insight LX and range-topping Insight EX. The base Insight is priced at $18,200 compared to $22,800 for the base Prius. While you get keyless entry and a USB port for your audio player/smartphone at that price, don't expect features like cruise control or even something as basic as floor mats -- you'll have to step up to the higher trim levels to get such features.

And while the base Insight includes the aforementioned USB port for your MP3 player, you'll be blasting music through just two speakers instead of four that you would get on the LX and EX.

What hasn't changed, however, is the performance and fuel economy seen on the higher trim models. The Insight will still be rated at 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway (41 mpg combined). The combined figure still puts it at about 9 mpg less than the popular Prius.

But it's not just the Prius that Honda has to worry about these days -- there is competition coming from both hybrid/electric vehicles priced much higher and more conventional gasoline-engined vehicles that are priced lower. Nissan and General Motors are coming to the market with the Leaf EV and Chevrolet Volt -- the vehicles are priced at $32,780 and $41,000 respectively before a $7,500 federal tax credit.

On the lower end of the pricing spectrum, new compact vehicles like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, 2011 Hyundai Elantra, and upcoming 2012 Ford Focus are putting up impressive EPA figures without the use of a hybrid system.

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By Misty Dingos on 12/1/2010 11:05:30 AM , Rating: 2
OK so I am likely the only person posting here that actually owns and drives an Insight (2010).

Lets clear some things up.

My average MPG is 46.16. My best has been 50.2. I have driven over 30K in the time that I have owned the car. And it is one of the best cars I have ever owned.

Oh I bought it because I am a conservative republican. Not really but the criteria for a commuting car for me is low cost. It is comfortable and gets great MPG. I could honestly not care less if they covered the seats in baby Harp seal fur and the oil in the engine came from the endangered rain forest Gibbons Monkeys.

The average Prius will get better mileage than my car in the city. All bets are off on the highway.

I am not sure how they calculated the MPG ratings for the Insight but from talking to other owners they are not representative of reality.

For those of you that commute to work and want to save a bit of money, you really should look at the Honda Insight.

Trust me the eco-Nazis will not automatically show up at your door looking for donations and the NRA will not revoke your lifetime membership.

By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 12/1/2010 12:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
As a Prius owner I regularly get 55 mpg combined, on a 40-mile per day commute to DC, over a range of 400 ft in elevation between destinations. It is a good mid-size sedan, comfortable, plenty of room, nav, leather, XM, traffic, etc.

I don't care what anyone says about my politics, if the truckies can buy a truck just because they feel like it, then I can buy whatever I want for none of their damn bidness.

By Keeir on 12/1/2010 6:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
I am not sure how they calculated the MPG ratings for the Insight but from talking to other owners they are not representative of reality.


EPA testing and EPA testing cycles are a matter of public record

I get 20% better mileage lifetime from my car compared to EPA testing. A friend of mine has the -SAME- car and gets exactly EPA.

EPA is for comparison purposes between cars only! It is not ment to predict what you the individual driver will get, despite people's inability to understand this.

EPA estimates that the Insight will has ~20% worse mileage when driven the same as a Prius. Whether your numbers match the EPA is immaterial.

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