2012 Honda Insight

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The 2012 Honda Insight receives new exterior styling, an enhanced interior, additional features on select models and an EPA fuel-economy rating improvement of 1 mpg. Exterior changes include a more distinctive grille design, restyled front and ...
The 2012 Honda Insight receives new exterior styling, an enhanced interior, additional features on select models and an EPA fuel-economy rating improvement of 1 mpg. Exterior changes include a more distinctive grille design, restyled front and rear bumpers, and changes under the vehicle that contribute to a 2 percent increase in aerodynamic performance. Insight base and Insight LX trims have new 15-inch wheel covers and the Insight EX gets newly styled 15-inch alloy wheels. Interior upgrades include greater rear seat leg and head room; a redesigned gauge cluster; reshaped center-console beverage holders; and improved noise-insulation materials in the cargo area. The LX trim receives new premium seat fabric along with map lights and steering-wheel audio controls, while the Insight EX is upholstered with a combination of premium fabric and synthetic leather, and gains Bluetooth, automatic headlights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. New exterior colors include Frosted Silver Metallic and Truffle Pearl.
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Quick Facts
  • Engine: 98 horsepower
  • Seating: 5 passengers
  • Driving Range: 435 - 466 miles
  • Drive: Front-Wheel Drive
  • Cargo Capacity: 15.9 cu. ft.
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  • Styling9.2
  • Performance8.3
  • Interior8.5
  • Quality9.8
  • Recommendation9.4
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  • Performance9.0
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The 2012 Honda Insight - Great Choice! by Mike-Pennsylvania on 03/24/2012. Trim: 2012 Honda Insight EX w/ Navigation, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Honda has really over-delivered with it's 2012 Insight. It's fun to drive; gets 50+ mpg (much higher than I was expecting); and looks sportier than its competitors...not to mention I spent $6k less than the comparable Prius model. After decades of GM cars (and I'm still hoping for long-term success of the Chevy Volt)...my wallet could only afford the Insight...and after 2 months, I'm thrilled. The features that Iike the best are the green backlit speedometer; paddle-shifters (mainly for down shifting); the steering wheel controls; and the car's overall comfort. I am pleasantly suprised - you get a lot for your money!
Cons: While, I typically get 50-57 mpg...I'd be curious what you'd get if the battery was larger than ~15 hp? Other hybrids are capable of driving 100% battery...the Insight is not. That being said, the bottom line at the gas pump is awesome. I went from 28 mpg on my old Chevy Cavalier to 2x that with my Insight! And while this car has quite a bit of 'pep', it's by no means a "performance car" - it has no probelm, keeping up with 75+ mph traffic- it's just not going to excite those used to driving gas-guzzling V6s. This was not a factor in my decision.
Overall review: When shopping for a new car, my criteria included: 1. Safety (soon to have teenage drivers); 2. MPG; 3. Total ownership cost; and 4. Fun factor. The Insight topped out in all of them: It received IIHS safety awards, KBB low ownership cost awards, it gets much higher MPG than its EPA rated 42, the insurance costs are low, and it's a really fun & comfortable ride! My commute is 20 miles each way and I often go on 100-300 mile business trips. This car has been great! It's 10 gallon tank is usually good for 500+ miles! I don't feel like I sacrificed anything going to a hybrid. The engine off at stops is smooth and seemless. The acceleration is fine on traffic merges. I'm an engineer and did a rather thorough analysis of the Volt, the Prius, the Insight, and the Civic to see which was the best deal - The Insight came out the winner. And after a few months and few thousand miles of driving, I'm very happy with my choice.
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