Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: April 2019
2-thousand miles have rolled by in our 2019 Honda Insight sedan. The 2-motor hybrid system with 1.5-liter I4 and CVT rates a more than adequate 151-horsepower.
Transitions are seamless, with a nice dose of torque for pulling away from a stop. So far, we’re averaging 41-point-2 miles-per-gallon on regular. That’s with over a thousand miles of Interstate travel. We expect that to jump as it settles in to normal commuting duties.
“On that long trip the Insight proved to be a very comfortable driver, with engine noise only notable during passing. Our Touring trim’s suspension delivers an agile ride, which is useful for jockeying around semis”.
We’ll see if that highway agility lends itself to comfortable city driving in the months ahead.
Date: May 2019
We’re now up to 46-hundred miles in our 2019 Honda Insight. The 2-motor hybrid system with 1.5-liter I4 is impressive technology with seamless transitions and a good amount of torque pulling away from a stop. But this isn’t just about efficiency, there are actually 4 drive modes… including Sport. It draws more from the battery, but there is a difference in pick up.
The cabin is roomy, with an upscale dash and comfortable seats. The side view camera technology is helpful showing what’s passing by when the right turn signal is on. The controls on the center console are pretty intuitive. And Honda’s push button shifter quickly becomes routine… even when someone takes the wheel for the first time.
Winter is behind us… and our Touring trim’s suspension handles the remaining potholes with ease. Overall it has a very solid feel.
This time around we got 51-miles-per-gallon on regular. That’s higher than our last update and right in line with the government’s city number… and there’s been more local driving and less highway miles recently. Our overall average is now 46-point-1-miles-per-gallon. Warmer weather means more road trips around here… so we’ll see how those mpg’s change.
Date: June 2019
We’re back from another long road trip in our 2019 Honda Insight and are recording just over 12,500 miles on the odometer.
The 2-motor hybrid system with 1.5-liter I4 generates a modest 151-horsepower. And, with a CVT it can get noisy. But the powertrain has impressive guts… easily pulling away from interstate lollygaggers. This continues to be a comfortable cruiser and very agile in heavy traffic.
The back seat is a good place to spend time… but passengers in our Touring trim wish it had more rear vents and USB ports.
"The Insight is not really supposed to be a performance-oriented hybrid, but that doesn’t mean Honda completely forgot about ride and handling. I mean it shares a platform with the sporty Civic, but it just feels more refined. Mature and entertaining are the two word that comes to mind."
The gas tank only holds 10.6 gallons, so fill ups are always less expensive than expected. And, our overall fuel economy is now 46-point-8-miles-per-gallon…. with summer driving season just beginning.
Date: August 2019
Our 2019 Honda Insight is also proving to be an inexpensive way to travel. The 10.5-gallon gas tank empties quickly, but the electric motor is always on tap to extend the pull. Even on relatively flat roads the regenerative braking keeps the battery well charged.
The Insight slips into the Honda line-up between the Civic and Accord, but interior materials of our Touring trim suggests a higher place in the pecking order. Only the rear passengers make sacrifices; no rear console vents or USB ports. Our miles now total 10-thousand with hybrid efficiency of 47-point-3 miles per gallon…a split hair’s distance from the EPA’s combined rating of 48.
We’re now close to 11-thousand miles of efficient driving in the 2019 Honda Insight. The 2-motor hybrid system with 1.5-liter I4 generates 151-horsepower. Paired up with a CVT… you can hear them working during hard acceleration… but no complaints on acceleration or fuel economy. We’re now averaging a stellar 47-point-4 miles-per-gallon.
"Sitting in this Insight, you feel really close to the road. I think that's part of why we find it so entertaining to drive but it can feel a little small on the highway next to lifted pickups. The low center of gravity helps keep body roll in check when it's time to take the back roads into the office”
Slotted between the Civic and Accord, Honda gave the compact Insight an upscale look and very solid feel. That’s even more evident in our Touring trim… where the re-tuned suspension creates a smoother ride. And we expect many more economical miles ahead.