I once drove 400miles on half a tank on high 99 in California. All but the tallest people will find plenty of room in the cockpit. The shift action is smooth and precise, and the light clutch engagement makes for easy launches. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557526915782 ; listingsSearchManager. Hybrid gas-electric cars are currently the best, most practical answer to the question of how to conserve fuel. As soon as you select a gear the engine restarts instantly and the car moves off again. It also delivers fuel economy that leads to some decent monetary savings over time.
A small black shift knob atop a center console, along with a very fashionable matte-silver and black interior trim treatment, make the Insight feel sporty and exciting. We raised the hood, we couldn't even see the electric motor. So, the batteries in the Insight seem to recover fairly quickly. The electric motor, for example, uses new technology and is only two inches thick about as thick as Tommy's skull. There are two other consequences of the Insight's very light weight.
FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. The engine then magically comes back to life when the gearshift is engaged. And with a 120-mile round-trip work commute, I honestly need it. On a full charge,will accelerate like a civic. Honda has a habit of learning from its mistakes and coming back with vastly improved vehicles. Great car to commute to and from work.
But watch for future versions of this car. On the dash, Honda has given the driver a peek into the workings of its hybrid technology, with gauges that show when the electric motor is helping out, when the batteries are being charged, and how much juice is left in them. In comparison, the Prius offers an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery and hybrid components, including the gas engine. The shift light requests fifth gear as early as 39 mph. Driving around town, at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, Tom thought the Insight accelerated adequately.
Interior Features If the exterior looks strange wait until you get inside. The manual gearshift is smooth. There are a few cubbyholes and two cupholders. It looks slippery and futuristic. First, it blew all over the place in the wind.
That made us wonder if doing a lot of city driving, which places a high demand on the electric motor, would drain the battery. One note of concern: everything on the Insight is very lightly constructed, again, to maximize gas mileage. The Insight rides well on smooth surfaces, but the stiff suspension calibration gives a jittery, active ride over rough pavement surfaces, possibly due to the body stiffness, light weight, and skinny tires. It is a commuter car and should not be compared to a two-seat sports car. This car is a technological tour de force in many ways. We found there was no more power left to give.
Rear wheel covers and low bodywork that hangs around the back end add an odd styling element. So not all of it unfathomable. The floor of this storage area is high as it covers the battery pack and electronic control unit underneath. The long doors open wide, the seats are low, and the steering column is nearly level. A low, aerodynamic front end leads to a steeply raked windshield and a gradually sloping roofline that ends in a tall, stubby rear end. Honda did do something cute, however: they put glass in the vertical section of the lift gate, which gives the driver a view of little kids standing right behind the car. Best part about this vehicle is you dont necessarily need the hybrid battery to run it.
Until then, automatic climate control air conditioning remains the only major option. That might save you a few hundred bucks a year in gas costs, if you drive about 20,000 miles annually. It doesn't even have a back seat -- just a very shallow storage area that won't hold much of anything. We'd guess that some of the risk is offset by Honda's sterling reputation for reliability. At 50 miles an hour, with a cross wind blowing, we felt as though we might get tossed into the next lane at any second.
Is that worth the loss of comfort, safety, quiet and interior space? You do feel and hear all the bumps on rough roads. Took it to Honda for a diagnostic and look over, and at 211,000 it is in great shape. Access to the rear through the large glass hatch is good. The driver never has to think about any of this. I use it for too and from work 82 miles a day, over mountians averages 57. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter.
The space that remains is further impinged by the steep, aerodynamic slope of the rear window. Much of the joy of driving it comes from driving in an efficient manner, using some of the same techniques a professional driver uses to maintain momentum in an 18-wheeler or in a showroom stock race car: Brake only as much as necessary, carry momentum through corners and over hills. Unfortunately, there's no switch for turning off the passenger-side airbag. It seems as if it needs to be downshifted into a lower gear most of the time. Pretty lame, in our opinion.