2010 Honda Insight Hybrid Details
Scroll down to end of article for updated specs including mileage.
Note I won’t be updating this page anymore given all info is now officially available. I’ve created a new page for the upcoming Honda CR-Z.
Edmunds Insight long-term experiences blog: http://blogs.edmunds.com/roadtests/Vehicles/2010-honda-insight-ex/
Brochures/Manuals: US Insight Manual pdf, UK brochure Insight, US brochure Insight, US Insight page, NL Insight configurator, NL brochure Insight, D Insight configurator, D brochure Insight, A brochure Insight, F brochure Insight, Japanese Honda Insight dog site (with dimensions related to this)
Reviews: CleanMPG, AutoBlogGreen, Edmunds, Car & driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Automobile, Popular mechanics, Edmunds Insight ’10 vs Prius ’09, Motortrend Insight vs Prius III comparison, Motortrend fuel economy video, Motortrend Insight Hypermiling 101
UPDATE 4/3/2009: Toyota will lower the price of the upcoming Prius III in Japan equal to an Insight LX. In Europe the price was earlier announced to be 5K higher than base Insight. US price is not yet announced. Honda announced they wouldn’t reprice the Insight in Japan (at least for now). CEO Takeo Fukui said that Honda is developing a hybrid drivetrain for larger cars.
UPDATE 3/10/2009: Official US pricing: LX starts at $19,800
UPDATE 3/1/2009: Photo galleries: http://www.netcarshow.com/honda/2010-insight/, http://picasaweb.google.com/kosutasu
UPDATE 2/15/2009: European reviews: NL: Autozine, Autoweek video, Gek op Wielen video, D: Focus, Autogazette, Auto-news
UPDATE 1/12/2009: Reviews: Edmunds first drive, Edmunds Insight ’10 vs Prius ’09, Car & driver, Road & Track, Motortrend fuel economy video, Motor Trend, Automobile, Popular mechanics, TOV HD video driving, TOV HD video interior.
UPDATE 1/11/2009: Full official US specs can be found here: US Insight Hybrid Specs Some pictures:
UPDATE Jan 2009: Euro and US Insight photo’s: Jalopnik: Euro Insight photos, autoweek,… :
UPDATE 1/1/2009: Insight in Belgium brochure: Honda 2009 Brochure Belgium. According to those specs Insight is 13% more fuel efficient in city driving and 2% on the highway compared to the Civic Hybrid
UPDATE 12/25/2008: leaked brochure pictures and detailed specs: Insight brochure scans (original source seems youtube) and details/specs on http://www.insightman.com/ (source Japanese mag).
Honda released a few more interior concept shots which gives an idea about luggage space:
UPDATE: Honda Insight Concept revealed in Paris: gallery.
The big news on the Hybrid car front is the new announced 2010 Honda Insight which would become the cheapest Hybrid on the market. Here is an overview of all details and specs, I’ll update / correct this data as more details will come in.
One of the big questions I had is how Honda is keeping the Civic Hybrid attractive if this new model would be considerably cheaper (-$4000) yet offer more trunk space (hatchback with foldable seats) plus better mileage. The answer is first that prices were actually little bit higher than previously rumoured and the more comparable EX is only about 2K less. Second the build quality/feel of the Civic seems slightly higher than the Insight and mileage is about same. That said I do think the Civic Hybrid will lose some sales to the Insight. I also noticed that many dealers are giving discounts on the Civic Hybrid.
The next generation Prius was also unveiled in Detroit 2009 and is slightly bigger and more fuel efficient (50mpg combined). Pricing for the US hasn’t been announced yet but most anticipate same price as previous model making base model about 2K more expensive than the Insight. However Toyota slashed the price of the base Prius III in Japan to equal the price of an Insight LX. In Europe pricing didn’t change and is therefore 4K Euro’s more expensive. US pricing will be announced soon.
|Unveiling||Concept: Oct 2nd, 2008 Paris |
Production: January 11, 2009 Detroit
Current production 2009/4: 600 Insights per day
Confirmed by Honda:
Front seats width: 50.5 cm (same), height fronts seat to roof: 93.5 cm (Civic: +4.5 cm)
Cargo volume: 15.9 / 31.5 cu ft seats down (+5.4 cu ft)
|Engine||1.339 4-cyl liter. (Japan) Spec comparisons:
0-60mph Edmunds: 10.9sec (-2.5sec Civic Hybrid)
|Mileage||Japan 10.15 mode test: 30 km/l. The Japanese Civic Hybrid spec (MX drive by wire): 28.5 km/l.|
Strange enough Euro numbers improved more on the Civic than the US EPA mileage:
US EPA (est. compared to Civic Hybrid, note: with econ off):
Europe (B/NL) S/Comfort:
Europe (B / NL / D / UK):
Leather is an option in some European markets (CH).
Note: compact spare tire standard in US, optional in Europe.
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Interior colors (combinations):
Japan color statistics (JDM sales report):
･ Spectrum white pearl: 27%
|Availability||US/Canada: March 24th,2009 first Insights|
Japan: January/February 2009 , Europe: April 2009
|Price||US (excluding $670 destination charge):
EX with Navi $23,100