There are three electrified models in the Honda family: the Accord Hybrid, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and the Insight. The Insight introduced the technology to Honda more than 20 years ago, and the third generation, which is offered since 2019, is impressive in every way.
With the 2021 Insight, you don't just get your hands on a hybrid solution. You get a well-built car that's fun to drive and as frugal as possible.
Under the hood, the Honda Insight is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine. An electric motor backs the engine, and together, the combined power is 151 horsepower while the torque is rated at 197 pound-feet. When it comes to performance, there's nothing to complain about. You don't buy an Insight to break speed records anyway.
What you want to beat, however, are fuel consumption records. That's possible because the Insight offers an average of 4.6 L/100 km in the city and 5.3 L/100 km on the highway, for a median rating of 4.9 L.
As for the offering, there are two models: the Base version and the Touring. Right from the initial proposal, the Insight's specifications are impressive, with heated front seats, a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, fog lights and lights, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. The Touring variant adds more luxury with heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a more powerful audio system, navigation and chrome door handles, among others.
Above all, what matters is that behind the wheel, both deliver a truly outstanding experience. Those who might have driven the old generation and been disappointed should try the new one; it's day and night. The 2021 Insight delivers a driving experience as solid, even better, than the Civic.
Handling, weight distribution, steering proportioning, heading, everything is conclusive behind the wheel of the Insight. And that's without counting on excellent soundproofing and super-comfortable seats for long rides.
If you had any doubts about this model, a road test is a must. The 2021 Insight is awe-inspiring.