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2021 Honda Insight Review: A Stylish and Sincere Hybrid

Most automakers present their eco-friendly nameplates in futuristic or eccentric designs simply to show off their eco-conscious inclinations, as if every person that buys an electric vehicle or hybrid wants to show off that verity. Fortunately, the 2021 Honda Insight veers away from that quirky design ethos and takes on more of a suave and modern aesthetic that's genuinely attractive within the mainstream compact sedan classification. With 151 horsepower conveyed from its 1.5-liter hybrid inline-4 engine, the Insight sedan is also a fairly enjoyable car to drive, delivering similar performance characteristics to that of the agile Civic. These qualities, along with its commodious cabin, numerous driver-assist features, and a spacious trunk, have the 2021 Insight contrast favorably alongside the likes of the Toyota Prius.

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2021 Honda Insight Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Honda Insight?

For 2021, the Honda Insight only gets a few tweaks to help keep it on the podium for another year. Honda Sensing now comes standard on every model, with features like collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation, ensuring that the Insight earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. Beyond the base model, the Insight EX and Touring each get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Pros and Cons

  • Contemporary and stylish design
  • Sprightly and agile drive dynamics
  • Exceptional fuel economy returns
  • Commodious cabin and large trunk
  • Extensive list of advanced driver aids
  • Exemplary safety rating and reliability
  • Engine is a tad boorish and loud
  • Rear cabin headroom is limited
  • Base trims infotainment is crude

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2021 Honda Insight Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,130
EX
1.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$25,010
Touring
1.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,040

Insight Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 183.6 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 55.6 in
  • Max Width 71.6 in
  • Front Width 60.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 2,987.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl

Insight Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Powering the front-wheel drivetrain of the Insight hybrid is an Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine that's been hybridized with two electric motors. Combined, the system generates a total of 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque, all of which is managed by a continuously variable automatic transmission. The power conveyed from the engine is sufficient for the Insight, allowing it to perform pleasantly in urban settings with gradual but smooth acceleration responses. Unfortunately, the engine does get a bit noisy at higher speeds. The Insight hybrid is not a plug-in and therefore doesn't offer an EV-only range, but it doesn't need charging, either.

  • Engine
    1.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Insight Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    10.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 55/49 mpg
* 2021 Honda Insight LX CVT

Insight Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.9 in

Insight Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    15.1 ft³

Insight Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Honda Insight Hybrid a good sedan?

The Honda Insight hybrid sedan may not be the most frugal or economical of the many HEV options - the acclaimed Prius offering superior fuel efficiency - but it is certainly one of the more engaging and stylish 4-door sedans, particularly in the hybrid space. And while it hasn't undergone many enhancements or alterations in its third-generational phase, it still remains one of the most contemporary and value-rich offerings in the USA. On top of being a relatively fun, suave, and frugal cruiser, the compact Insight sedan is also fairly pragmatic, with its commodious cabin and expansive trunk. The entry-spec Insight, unfortunately, comes outfitted with a rather outmoded infotainment touchscreen, but considering the 2021 Honda Insight sedan's starting price of just $22,930, this isn't enough to deter value-hunters. The entire line comes standard with Honda Sensing - a comprehensive consignment of driver assists - and a good amount of creature comforts and conveniences. With the IIHS's impressive review of the 2021 Honda Insight, and considering its good reliability expectations, it's a difficult sedan not to recommend.

🚗What Honda Insight Model Should I Buy?

With its outmoded infotainment system and limited standard feature selection, we'd skip over the entry-spec LX and opt for the mid-tier EX. This variant of the 2021 Insight sedan comes outfitted with several desirable features over the LX, including remote engine start, an eight-inch infotainment system touchscreen with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. This trim also offers an improved level of versatility over the LX with its 60/40-split folding rear seats. The top-spec Touring trim may boast a selection of lavish comforts and conveniences over the EX, but it doesn't add a whole lot more value for your money.

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