Honda Insight EV in Winnipeg: Features, Inventory & Review
Honda has an impressively strong pedigree in the sedan market, with their Civic being a consistent top seller through every refresh of the range. The newer Insight model builds in this success by taking the venerable Civic body and rebuilding the powertrain using the latest EV technology.
The result is a compact hybrid sedan that's ideally suited for regular commuter driving, with a focus on efficiency, economy, and value. What are the most important features of the latest Honda Insight for sale in 2020?
As a compact sedan, the Insight will seat four adults comfortably, with room for a fifth at a pinch, although probably only for shorter journeys.
The base-level Insight LX is equipped with a simple but useful set of interior features, such as a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, and a USB charger. However, move up a level to the EX, and for not a lot of extra money, you'll find much better features, including an upgraded 8" screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual USB, extra speakers, and more.
The top-level Touring trim adds luxuries such as satellite navigation with bilingual voice activation, Wi-Fi hotspot and tethering, and dual LCD monitors at the front.
Powertrain and Performance
The main selling point of the Insight range is the unusual hybrid gas/electric powertrain it uses. The standard 1.5L 4-cylinder gas engine is mainly used as a generator, supplying the juice for the electric front-wheel-drive motor. However, when a little extra power is needed, the gasoline engine can also drive the wheels directly.
This setup produces performance figures of 151 horsepower and 197lb-ft of torque, and while the acceleration won't win any awards, the compact car has more than enough power for city and long-distance driving alike.
The transmission system is an electric continuously variable design, and includes selectable EV and Sport Drive modes, plus an ECON button to optimize the gear ratios for lower fuel consumption.
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As you'd expect from a hybrid, fuel economy performance is strong. Estimated figures show an impressive 4.6L / 100km in the city and 5.3L / 100km on the highway.
Fuel consumption can be reduced even further with Honda's engine Auto Start-Stop feature, which disengages power when the vehicle is stationary, before seamlessly restarting when the brake pedal is lifted.
Aside from the hybrid powertrain, the outstanding highlight of the Insight is its safety rating and feature set. The 2019 model earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the US-based IIHS, the highest category available.
What's more, the Insight also earned an overall five-star rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These scores are largely down to some solid safety features supplied as standard, including:
- Dual-stage driver and passenger front and side airbags.
- First and second-row curtain airbags.
- VSA Electronic stability control.
- Automatic braking system (ABS) and driveline traction control.
- Lane-keeping assist system with departure warning.
- Forward collision mitigation.
- Side impact beams.
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