Rumors have been circulating for awhile now that the Honda Insight was about to go the way of the dodo and now those rumors have been confirmed as Honda announces that 2014 will be the model’s last year.
The announcement that the 2014 Honda Insight would be the model’s last year came along with news about Honda’s plans to increase and improve their hybrid vehicle offerings in the United States. They will focus on their Earth Dreams Technology powertrains, which includes a new two-motor hybrid system, and the introduction of new models over the next three to four years.
The two-motor system made its first appearance on the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In and also powers the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. That vehicle gets 50 MPG city and is currently the most fuel efficient 5-passenger sedan available in the US market.
The outgoing 2014 Honda Insight trails the Accord in the mileage department with a 41/42 city/highway rating for a combined 42, but it’s got the Accord beat in the price department. At just $18,725 it’s the most affordable mass-produced hybrid in America. It was introduced back in 2009 and has received some nice accolades during its run.
It received top-safety ratings as well heralding the introduction of Honda’s ECO Assist system that uses a color display to help drivers see how efficiently they’re driving from minute to minute. The Honda Insight has also been named a Greenest Vehicle by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for four years in a row and a Top Choice by Edmunds.com
Those of you still looking to have a 2014 Honda Insight for your own have until the end of the year before it disappears from dealer showrooms with production scheduled to end this summer.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.