The Honda Insight Hybrid Touring achieves a good blend of rapid acceleration and moderate fuel use. It's on par with many conventionally driven compact cars, and it's a lot faster than the hybrid alternatives we tested. To a combined 151 horsepower from a gas engine and electric motors, the Insight accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
The Civic-inspired interior has smart design and clever storage solutions. On long trips, we like the easy-to-engage adaptive cruise control, which is one of many standard driver assist features on this car.
The interior features a well-balanced mix of low-cost and high-end fixtures and finishes. The Insight is a little more expensive than the Civic, but it outperforms comparable hybrid rivals. A customised digital gauge in the instrument panel can display a variety of facts, from fuel economy to speed limits.
The Insight's battery pack is buried behind the back seat, so it doesn't take up much space in the trunk; the rear seats still fold mostly flat for larger items.
Although Honda's infotainment system has a highly modern and straightforward interface—we're delighted it finally has a volume knob—some of the options are unnecessarily convoluted, and there is still no tuning knob. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, as well as built-in navigation, are standard on the 8.0-inch touchscreen.
Honda's two-motor hybrid technology is combined with the Insight's 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine. The total output of the system stays at 151 horsepower. Because of its exceptionally smooth ride and outstanding handling, the Insight is one of the best compact vehicles on the market today.