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Top Features of Base Model

  • Highly efficient 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder hybrid
  • Fuel economy of over 50 mpg
  • Latest safety and technology features come standard
  • Comfortable commuting sedan
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2019 Honda Insight: Everything You Need to Know

About the Honda Insight:

The Honda Insight is the original hybrid, debuting in the U.S. in December 1999, seven months before the seemingly ubiquitous Toyota Prius arrived. The first Insight was a stripped down two-door hatch with a manual transmission and optional air conditioning.

The modern Honda Insight sedan is all-new for 2019, replete with safety, technology, and comforts original Insight owners could only dream about.

What’s New in the 2019 Honda Insight?

The Honda Insight is all-new for 2019, built off of the Honda Civic. The latest iteration of the fuel-efficient Insight is wrapped in a mainstream, attractive sedan package that offers excellent cargo capacity and utility.

What Does the 2019 Honda Insight Compete With?

The Honda Insight competes with the following hybrid vehicles:

Exterior Design of the 2019 Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is blessedly mainstream, providing buyers with a sporty, attractive front-wheel drive car with four doors, an expressive front end, LED head and tail lamps, and alloy wheels. The Insight’s classic but modern design should age well and look fresh several years from now.

The Insight comes in four metallic and three pearl exterior paint colors. There is no exterior distinctions between trim levels—all Insight models look alike.

Interior Style in the 2019 Honda Insight

The Honda Insight’s cabin is perhaps inspired by the recently-launched Honda Jet, with aviation-inspired knobs, dials, and gauges. Drivers keep track of hybrid performance via the information interface in the cluster. Gear selection is made via push-button located in the center console, which may take some getting used to for new owners, but becomes routine with regular use.

Honda has utilized double-stitch leather for the interior, combining the soft surfaces with piano black shine and matte metal trim pieces. Buttons, knobs, and switches are easily placed within driver’s or passenger reach. The center console has two cupholders plus covered storage, two USBs, and a 12-volt outlet. The upper trim levels (EX and Touring) provide a rear-seat center console and armrest for added comfort.

Only black cloth interior is offered on the lower trim levels. Black or ivory leather is standard on the top Touring trim. Heated front seats are standard on the Insight Touring, but not available on lower trims.

Technology: (What Technology Comes in the 2019 Honda Insight?)

The 2019 Honda Insight provides hands-free Bluetooth, streaming audio and Pandora capability standard. The EX and Touring add an 8.0-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HondaLink and HD radio. A multi-angle rearview camera is standard on all Insight models.

The top-of-the-line Touring adds a compass and turn-by-turn directions, Honda satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition, and Honda digital traffic monitoring.

The driver information interface provides power and charge indictors for the battery, power flow monitor, power system indicator, 12-volt battery charging system indicator, and a host of other helpful status buttons.

A nice feature on the EX and Touring is Honda’s upgraded remote key capability, which locks and unlocks the door without digging out the key, but even more, the feature automatically locks the car once the key is 8 feet away.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Honda Insight?

The Honda Insight comes standard with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistance technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation systems. Auto high beams and traffic sign recognition are also standard across all three trim lines.

The EX and Touring trims add Honda LaneWatch, which provides a real-time view of the right lane via the side camera and on the center console display.

What is the 2019 Honda Insight like to drive?

The Honda Insight hybrid drives like a regular gas-powered car, with a well-functioning continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Insight’s hybrid-specific regenerative brakes are easy to control and do not feel overly grabby. The ride and handling are similar to the Civic upon which it’s based, and the acceleration ranks among the best of hybrids, even if it’s a bit unrefined under full power.

Sport mode adds even more engagement and a tighter feel to the steering, leaving the usual hybrid compromises even further behind. The Econ mode increases fuel efficiency by restraining the vehicle’s power. “EV” mode uses the electric motor but is only for very short (read: a mile or two) distances and will automatically turn off with the slightest aggressive acceleration.

The Insight is quiet and comfortable, although sometimes tire noise can be heard in the cabin. The steering is prompt and responsive, and within moments you’ll forget you’re driving a hybrid, which is the goal of Honda.

The Insight EX and LX earn an EPA rating of 55 mpg city, 49 mpg highway for a combined fuel economy of a whopping 52 mpg. The highest trim Touring dips to 51/ 45 mpg city/highway, 48 mpg combined, again an impressive achievement for a four-door sedan. Keep in mind, aggressive driving habits and poor maintenance may decrease your fuel economy.

Should I Buy a Current 2019 Honda Insight?

The all-new 2019 Insight is a terrific combination of extremely high fuel economy with minimal compromises. It’s only offered in front-wheel-drive and a four-door sedan, but the back seat does provide a surprising amount of cargo and utility. If you’re a snow-belt resident, the lack of all-wheel-drive may be an issue.

The Insight was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick and has won numerous awards in its competitive set.

Should I buy a Used 2019 Honda Insight? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

Since the Insight is all-new for 2019, having just hit dealerships in late 2018, used ones may be hard to come by, but it never hurts to notify your local dealer of your interest in acquiring a used one.

How Much Does the New 2019 Honda Insight Cost?

Three trim levels are available on the Honda Insight. The well-equipped base starts at $22,930, an excellent choice for budget-minded buyers. The EX starts at $24,160 and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch screen, remote start, the aforementioned “Walk Away” locking feature, a 60/40-split rear seat.

The top trim Touring bumps up to $28,190, adding a leather steering wheel with heated leather seats, mobile hot-spot availability, one-touch power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and 17-inch Alloy wheels, to name just a few features.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Honda Insight


  • Mainstream four-door styling with room for five and a folding rear seat for added utility
  • Safety and technology features are standard
  • All the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with minimal compromises
  • Honda offers an eight-year limited warranty on its high-voltage batteries


  • Engine can strain under heavy acceleration
  • Interior color choices are limited
  • Most hybrids don’t qualify for HOV or carpool lane access anymore – be sure to check your state parameters
Model History

The Honda Insight is the original hybrid, debuting at the end of 1999. It was first offered only as a two-door hatchback. This Japanese-imported version ran through 2006 with minimal changes and upgrades. Honda tried again with a second-generation Honda Insight five-door hatch in 2009 which ran through 2014. Five years later, Honda dusted off the Insight name again, producing the all-new 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Honda Insight


Body Style
1.5L 16V 4-Cyl Atkinson Cycle DOHC i-VTEC
151 hp
Electric Continuously Variable
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 1.5L 16V 4-Cyl Atkinson Cycle DOHC i-VTEC
  • Transmission: Electric Continuously Variable -inc: ECON, Sport and EV drive modes, Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and deceleration selectors
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 3.42 Axle Ratio
  • Hybrid Electric Motor
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 10.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Lithium Ion Traction Battery
  • Wheels: 16" Aluminum Alloy
  • Tires: 215/55R16 93V AS
  • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: 160-Watt Audio System w/6 Speakers -inc: 5-inch color LCD screen, 1.0-amp USB audio interface, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Pandora compatibility, Radio Data System (RDS) and Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Sport Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Vinyl/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Fabric Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
  • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Warranty Options for the 2020 Honda Insight (5)










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Available Trims for the 2020 Honda Insight (3)

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Honda Insight

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Honda Insight LX CVT:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating