A Prius c killer it is not but is far better appointed.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 17, 2012
2013 Honda Insight – Pricing unchanged at $18,500 to start while providing a 41/44 mpgUS city/highway rating.
Pricing and Features
The 2013 Honda Insight remains the most affordable hybrid for sale in the U.S. with a base starting price of $18,500 besting the Prius c base model by some $450 USD.
The base Insight at that price continues to be offered in three models with the base including a decent 160W audio system, auto climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors but that is about it.
Although Honda did not release pricing for the better equipped LX, EX and EX with Navigation, with the base $’s remaining the same, we can assume the well equipped versions should remain at or close to the same as well.
The Insight LX ($20,275) adds a USB audio interface, cruise control, center armrest console; floor mats, security system and steering-wheel mounted audio controls.
The Insight EX ($21,965) adds alloy wheels, six-speaker audio system, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, automatic headlights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Insight EX ($23,690) is also available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System4 with voice recognition and rearview camera.
Honda continues to press on with a glaring mistake by forcing customers to purchase an EX trim to get Bluetooth Handfree system. This is possibly the least expensive and safest add-on a manufacturer can provide leaving many Insight owners left out in the cold. This miscue should have been remedied in 2011 and not be allowed to continue yet here we are in late 2012 staring vehicles that cost 25% less and arrive with Bluetooth as standard equipment?
Honda continues to use the aging Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) 13 HP hybrid electric motor combined with the 1.3L i‑VTEC I4 for a total system output of 98 hp. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) also remains unchanged.
The Insight was significantly updated for 2012 model year to improve its appearance and aerodynamic performance. The front wheel strakes were extended by 0.4 inches to better direct air around the front tires. The shape of the engine bay underbody cover was also reshaped and air diffusers were added under the rear bumper to smooth airflow behind the vehicle. The changes combined to provide another 1 mpg on the highway as reported last year.
The Insight's interior is best described as small with just 85 cu. ft. of passenger volume. It does however provide 16 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the seats up and when the 60/40 split rear seats are down, 31 cu. ft is available.
Standard safety features on all Insight models include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, side and side-curtain airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), driver's and front-passenger's active head restraints, and a front body structure designed to help mitigate pedestrian injuries. The Insight features Honda's ACE crash resistant passenger structure which allowed it to earn an IIHS “Top Safety Pick”. For some reason it has not yet been rated by the NHTSA yet? The IIHS “Top Safety Pick” has been earned by every one of its competitors so making a judgment on that accolade would be misleading.
The 2013 Honda Insight will be available in dealership showrooms starting tomorrow.
With the propensity for IMA based Honda hybrids to leave their owner with thousands of $’s of pack replacement costs in the future, the lack of passenger volume and the disregard for occupant safety with the lack of Bluetooth on the base and LX trims, I would recommend skipping this one
In the recent past I would have not thought twice about a CleanMPG recommendation but today, there are much better cars available for less $’s, better value and whose EPA numbers are not all that far off the Insight’s hind quarters.