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2010 Honda Insight Hatchback

5dr CVT EX

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  • $21,300 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Honda Insight Hatchback

Among low-cost hybrids, the Insight is a market-leader. With a stylish look, lots of interior space, and Honda build quality, there's a lot to like.

What's new for 2010?

The Honda Insight is all new for 2010, though it revives a familiar hybrid name from the Honda lineup. The vehicle has been reborn as a a 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback. It utilizes a new gasoline/electric hybrid system mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Model Strengths

  • Fresh styling
  • ample interior room for people and cargo

Model Review

Honda revives the Insight name for 2010 in the form of a stylish, roomy hatchback. With an affordable entry price and lots of great features, the Insight is an instant winner.

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2010 Honda Insight

Source: Carlist.com

The first generation Honda Insight was the first hybrid sold by a major manufacturer in the United States. That Insight still holds the record as the vehicle with the highest rated EPA mileage at 70 miles per gallon. Under the new EPA rules that first Insight would be rated about 60 mpg now.

The second generation Insight has very little in comparison with the first Insight Honda built. The second generation Insight is heavier by over 900 pounds. The second Insight is a 5-door hatchback, the first a 3-door hatchback. It's not a comparison. I think the Insight was a good name, it held a lot of credibility in the hybrid world.

The Insight is a true gas-electric hybrid. The Insight utilizes the Honda Hybrid System with Eco Assist. The 2010 Honda Insight is offered in three models: LX at $19,800; Insight EX at $21,300; and the Insight EX with Navigation at $23,100. The transmission is a Continuously variable transmission (CVT) on all three models.

The Insight hybrid vehicle is powered by an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and a 1.3-liter inline 4, 8-valve, single overhead cam (SOHC) i-VTEC that gets 98 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 123 lb.-ft of torque. The DC brushless motor, positioned between the engine and transmission, adds another 13 horsepower and 58 lb.-ft of torque. In California and states that have adopted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ZEV standards the Insight receives an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) emissions rating.

Major features standard to the Insight LX include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, automatic climate control, tilt and telescope steering column; manual driver's seat height adjustment, power windows, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with CD player and auxiliary audio input for external digital music players.

Add all that to the more luxury version of the EX version, plus Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), alloy wheels, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters; an upgraded audio system with six speakers, USB audio interface3, a center console with armrest and storage compartment, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Exclusively available on the Insight EX, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System4 (6.5-inch screen) with voice recognition.

EX with Navi Models also include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for hands-free operation of compatible mobile telephones, along with related steering wheel-mounted controls for voice activation of navigation and hands-free telephone systems.

The comparisons come between the Honda Civic hybrid, and the Toyota Prius. The Insight is smaller than the Prius, but fits comfortably between the Fit and the Civic. My husband, Stretch, is 6'4" and he couldn't fit in the back of the Insight. He fits very comfortably in the back of a MINI, and the Honda Civic.

The Insight features the Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist), a button you can push that puts you in eco-assist to get more miles per gallon. We drove mainly in eco-assist because we were shooting for real world driving of the hybrid. At best, we got 42.9, but on average in real-world city/highway driving we got 40.3 mpg, which is what the vehicle is rated: 40 in the city, 43 in the highway. Forty miles per gallon is good, but I really expected more from the Insight, especially in eco-assist. If I have to drive in eco-assist the entire time to get EPA numbers then it doesn't compete fairly with the other full hybrids.

This is not the first hybrid for Honda. Honda knows how to do hybrids, and they have the best fuel cell car on the highway. In fact, the Insight's hood has a similar design to the aerodynamic hood of the fuel cell, the Honda Clarity. Any hybrid, in eco-assist, will not be as fun to drive as a hybrid in regular mode. What you give up in other areas is made up for in the extra miles per gallon. Anyone who writes about hybrids knows this. What we also know is that most people who buy a car buy it with the EPA miles, not a hypermiler in competition to see who can get the most mpg.

The ride of the Insight itself was rough. I felt like I was on run-flat tires instead of all-season tires. The turning radius, 36, is wider than any of the aforementioned vehicles, around 34 for the comparative models in this review. Of course, the Insight's wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than the Prius.

The Insight was meant to be a competitor to the Prius. It's styling is much like the Prius. But you can't just scale down a Civic hybrid and design a car to look like its competitors. You have to give comparable miles per gallon, comparable drivability and better pricing.

The Honda Insight EX with navigation I drove had a MSRP of $23,100 with a destination charge of $670 for a total of $23,770. That price is too close to the iconic Toyota Prius that gets 50 miles per gallon, according to the EPA. The Prius gets 11 mpg better fuel economy in the city (51 versus 40), and 5 mpg better fuel economy on the highway (48 versus 43).

The price game is a tough game to get into with consumers. In today's economy each car is fighting for a sale and if the Insight is too close in price to the Prius there will be some serious negotiating going on.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Rollover Resistance

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Side Impact Crash Test - Front

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 182
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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