Many people believe the Toyota Prius was the first hybrid to arrive on the American market, but that title goes to the Honda Insight, which appeared in Honda dealerships a few months before the Prius was released here. This four-door midsize sedan is larger than the Honda Civic and smaller than the Honda Accord. The 2021 Honda Insight impresses buyers at dealerships like the San Leandro Honda dealer, thanks to its impressive fuel economy, smooth ride, comfortable cabin and exceptional safety scores.
The 2021 Honda Insight seats five and is offered in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. The Insight employs a hybrid powertrain that utilizes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to drive the front wheels. The system uses a 1.2-kWh lithium-ion battery located under the rear seats. According to the San Leandro Honda dealership, this powertrain generates a total of 151 horsepower. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 55 mpg city/49 mpg highway for the LX and EX trims, and 51 mpg city/45 mpg highway for the Touring.*
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The 2021 Insight has many friends in the automotive media. Kelley Blue Book writes: “The Honda Insight is a compact hybrid sedan based on the chassis of the best-selling Civic. We like it because it drives just like a regular car but gets 55 mpg in daily city driving. And there’s no need to ever plug it in because the onboard battery is charged in regular everyday driving. This Honda hybrid is an attractive compact sedan ... All told, driving the Honda Insight is an extremely easy affair.”
The base LX trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic high beams, LED ambient console lighting, a 5-inch infotainment display, an audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth and a USB port. Driver assistance features that come standard include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring and an acoustic vehicle alert system.
Move up to the EX trim, and you’ll get the features found in the LX, plus 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, more USB ports, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
The top-line Touring trim comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium audio system with ten speakers, navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Honda has a reputation for manufacturing safe vehicles, and the 2021 Honda Insight doesn’t disappoint. The Insight was designated a Top Safety Pick+ model by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the best score of Good in all crash tests. The Insight received the highest rating of five stars for overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.