But will we get it?
Want something with Toyota Prius levels of fuel economy but without the awkward styling and lackluster driving experience? The 2022 Honda Insight could be for you! Now in its third generation for the US market, the Insight is a sedan-only model that replaced the outgoing Civic Hybrid. It still rides on the outgoing 10th generation Civic platform though, so it's time for Honda to update it.
Honda just revealed the new Civic e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) for the European market. It's based on the current 11th generation 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback that we get here in the states, but with a hybrid drivetrain boasting better fuel economy. This looks like the perfect Insight replacement.
Power comes from a new 2.0-liter direct injection Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, which is larger than the 1.5-liter engine used in the current Insight. Combined with two electric motors, this new setup produces 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. For comparison, the Insight only develops 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. That new 2.0-liter engine offers a huge power bump that even matches the turbocharged Civic Hatchback.
Honda hasn't released any fuel economy information yet, and the numbers will be based on the European WLTP testing cycle, which differs from the EPA test. The current Insight gets up to 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, which is lower than the Prius but similar to its chief rival, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid. If this new drivetrain can match the Insight's fuel economy while offering more power, it could give Honda the edge over Toyota.
Since it's based on the 11th generation Civic, the new hybrid offers many more upgrades over the Insight, including the interior. Like other 2022 Civic models, the hybrid gets Honda's new nine-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This new Civic is lighter and longer too, improving efficiency and rear-seat legroom. Oh, and because it's a hatchback rather than a sedan, the trunk is larger. The only noticeable difference in the interior is the push-button shifter design.
Honda hasn't given any indication that the Civic e:HEV will come to the US market, but we really hope it arrives to replace the Insight.