2021 Honda Insight Arrives With 55-MPG And New Safety Tech

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The Insight is a car of many talents.

Honda has taken over as the most fuel-efficient automaker in the United States, led by frugal hybrid vehicles like the updated 2021 Honda Insight. The Insight hasn't been radically overhauled for the 2021 model year but the hybrid sedan has been given a heap of new safety equipment as part of Honda's efforts to make Honda Sensing standard on all models by 2022.

US dealerships will start to receive the 2021 Insight pretty much immediately since the car is built at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant. The only major change you'll notice on the exterior is a new paint color called Radiant Red Metallic (pictured below). The rest of the changes are contained in the safety features list and packaging options.

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The 2021 Insight gets Honda Sensing technology as standard, earning it the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Honda Sensing includes features such as collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition.

All models include LED headlights and push-button start while the EX trim adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic monitoring. Stepping up to the Touring adds leather seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, a navigation system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.


Fuel economy for the LX and EX trims is rated at 55/49/52 mpg city/highway/combined while opting for the Touring drops those figures to 51, 45, and 48 mpg respectively. Pricing for the 2021 Insight starts at $22,930 (excluding a $955 destination and handling fee) for the LX trim, which means the price hasn't gone up from last year's model. The EX is priced at $24,810 and the Touring at $28,840. All Insight models are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a hybrid system producing a total output of 151 horsepower.

This new standard safety features should help the Insight compete against new entrants in the segment such as the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and the recently-announced Hyundai Elantra Hybrid.

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