Honda’s first-ever hybrid model returns after a five-year absence.
Back in January, Honda resurrected the Insight nameplate after the last model departed in 2014. Now, the 2019 Honda Insight is nearly ready for prime time. In this precursor to our full TFL review, Roman and Tommy recount the 10 areas the new model has improved over the old one.
Thanks to its 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, the new Insight is efficient. In fact, the 2019 model manages 55 MPG in the city and 52 MPG combined, nearly on par with the Toyota Prius. This new model is also based on the tenth-generation Civic platform. The conventional Civic is a good car in its own right, so building a hybrid on that platform works well. In essence, this car is the Honda Civic hybrid, as it is smaller than the Honda Clarity and Accord Hybrid. To add some variety to the driving experience, the 2019 Insight has three driving modes: Econ, Sport and EV (for electric-only mode). It actually has paddle shifters as well, although they’re meant to control regenerative braking, rather than actually controlling a transmission.
One of the most remarkable things about the new model is that, despite its combination of gas and electric motors, it doesn’t look like a hybrid at first glance. Could that be its greatest asset? Available in LX, EX and Touring models, pricing for the 2019 Honda Insight is currently under embargo. Check back to TFLcar.com next week for a more information! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views and hybrid reviews.