Summary, Prices, Specs

By January 26, 2000


At a price below $20,000, the Insight costs about $3,000 to $4,000 more than a regular Civic with similar specs. In return, the Insight delivers a unique high-tech experience and fuel economy that leads to some decent monetary savings over time. Also for those who hate going to the gas station this means quite a lot as it will get you up to 700 miles between fill-ups. Over one year (12,000 miles) the average person will only use 200 gallons of fuel or about $300 worth. A large SUV getting 12 mpg will go through 1,000 gallons in the same time and the owner will spend $1500 on fuel.

Bottom line: the Insight is an ideal car for anyone who cares about the environment. Although it costs a few thousand dollars more to buy than a regular car of this size, it is actually a bargain. Honda may be losing money on each Insight sold considering the cost of the high-tech parts and the all-aluminum body structure, let alone the research and development for such a low-volume car.

Honda’s Insight is much more practical than an electric car as the driving range is unlimited. Performance and ride are more than adequate for around town and occasional long trips. Because of this, it makes an ideal commuter car and also a good car for someone on a budget. Lastly, if you are an early adopter of leading-edge technology this is just the ticket!

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Insight ($18,880)
Engines:1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline with integrated electric motor (IMA)
Transmissions:5-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard):dual airbags, ABS standard
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Insight ($18,880)
Standard equipment:hybrid engine, remote entry system, ABS, power windows, AM/FM stereo cassette
Options as tested (MSPR):automatic air conditioning
Destination charge:$415
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$20495
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline with integrated electric motor (IMA)
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):67 @ 5700 (73 @ 5700 with IMA)
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):66 @ 4800 (91 @ 2000 with IMA)
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:61/70 mpg
Wheelbase:94.5 in.
Length/width/height:155.1/66.7/53.3 in.
Track, f/r:56.5/52.2 in.
Turning circle:N/A
Seating Capacity:2
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.8/48.7/42.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:N/A
Cargo volume:16.3 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:Independent
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:1887 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity:10.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of January 26, 2000.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-33-HONDA -