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The first tests of the 2019 Honda Insight

Published on October 31 2018

The Honda Insight has just hit the market and is already attracting a lot of attention. Consumers increasingly want to save fuel, but they do not necessarily want to feel like they're driving a spaceship.

Fuel economy with a refined mid-size sedan ride, that's what the new 2019 Honda Insight offers. Recent expert reviews confirm that the Insight indeed has a lot to offer.

Wearing familiar Honda styling on a Civic-shaped body, the Insight boasts a hybridized powertrain to distinguish itself on the showroom floor. Its electric motor provides smooth and easy power at low speeds, but dig deep into the throttle and gasoline engine vibrations reach the cabin; some may call it a small price to pay for up to 55 mpg in city driving. An upscale interior features touchscreen infotainment, spacious accommodations front and rear, and a large trunk with plenty of cargo space – Car&Driver


Drivers won’t mind being on display in the Insight, either. One of the Insight’s major appeals is that it doesn’t look like a science fair reject. In the past, buyers had to accept the fact they would spend their time on the road looking like a circus freak in order to eke out rockstar-grade fuel economy. Slats, slashes, and full-wheel hubcaps were the order of the day.

Rated at 4.9L/100km in mixed driving, our test car beat that number by 0.2L in a week’s worth of predominantly in-town journeys. That’s a solid 50 miles per gallon from a vehicle that doesn’t look like a rolling tribute to the noble lungfish. Well done, Honda. 


Official fuel consumption ratings for the Insight are 4.6/5.3 L/100 km city/highway, and when sticking to highways with a 100 km/h limit, I easily matched these numbers without consciously modifying my usual lead-footed driving style (mind you, the Insight does subtly encourage efficient driving habits). On Vancouver Island’s inland highway (which has a 120 km/h limit and plentiful hills) my fuel consumption crept up to 5.7 L/100 km, but then on my final day of city driving I managed to clock in at a mere 3.2 L/100km. Yes, that’s three-point-two litres per 100 km!

Come to Orleans Honda to learn more about the 2019 Honda Insight today!

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