• May 6, 2006
Guess what happens to fit perfectly between the front wheels of a Honda Fit... the Honda Insight's hybrid powertrain. The distance between the front wheel hubs of both vehicles is identical, and a Honda insider confirmed to Bradley Berman of HybridCars.com that the Fit will arrive in 2007 with the Insight's hybrid drivetrain and the ability to achieve fuel economy in the low to mid-50 mpg range.

This is huge news as the Insight, which sells less than 100 units every month, has always been hampered for being an impractical two-seater. It soldiers on soley for the fact it allows Honda to maintain bragging rights for selling the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the U.S.

With 90 cubic feet of passenger volume and 21.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Fit Hybrid will be as practical and fuel-efficient as a Toyota Prius, but will likely cost between $15,000 and $17,000, substantially less than the Prius and even Honda's own Civic Hybrid.

[Source: HybridCars.com via TreeHugger.com]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Buy a Hybrid or get a more efficient vehicle? Well... I see the Fit Hybrid coming in at 25K... "

      err ..... The Civic hybrid cost less than that .....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not much has been happening with the Insight for the past few years.

      New Insights now use the same windshield wiper blades as the Civic and cruise control is finally available.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My guess? 18k. out the door for $20k.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone know if Honda raided the JDM Fit parts bin when they originally put together the Insight?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The price must be cheap, it will automatically stuck to the market
      • 8 Years Ago
      No way is it going to cost between $15-17k, that's what the normal one costs. It'll be closer to $20k, probably more. A CVT Insight goes for $21.5k after all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gas prices will not go down, when have they fell and fell and fell? As India and China consume more daily, this trend with gas prices will continue to rise.

      Europe is how the US is going to have to be, as far as smaller cars which are gas efficent, and luxury and SUV's for the rich who can afford gas at 4-5USD/gal
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not a big Honda fan, but the car makes sense.

      While you're at it here is something to think about:
      http://www.atomfilms.com/af/content/cant_afford_gas

      Click on watch film, wait fot the end-----
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully, it will come with a manual option like the Insight.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Buy a Hybrid or get a more efficient vehicle? Well... I see the Fit Hybrid coming in at 25K... and I can get in a
      VW Rabbit / Golf TDI for 25K. Which would I choose? The TDI. Because after my car warranty goes out, IN goes the vegetable oil and used fats! Yeah!

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone wrote: "New Insights now use the same windshield wiper blades as the Civic and cruise control is finally available."

      Um, not exactly. I picked up my 2006 Insight two weeks ago; it does not have the new Civic-type wipers (the Fit does, though). Cruise control is not available from Honda, but can be installed aftermarket -- just like previous model years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sat in a current gas model Fit and it was tight squeeze (width wise) for a 6'2", 190 lb (trim) guy - however, I really like the rear fold down seats and large storage capacity. Too bad it's so darned ugly to look at - what were their designers thinking! Even the Yaris looks better and that's not saying much.

      I've got a Civic Hybrid on order and am considering waiting instead untill 2008 as Toyota Ver3 Hybrid Drive comes out then, potentially on many models (rumours of 85 MPG/Gal), as well as more offerings from Honda and maybe Kia/Hyundai and potentially other manufacturers.

      If/when oil prices climb more, US car makers are going to get slaughtered unless they get on the Hybrid bandwagon ... fast.

      Diesel hybrids may take off in Europe soon with Peugot already making plans - hopefully North American diesel quality will be cleaned up at least to European standards by then. If I had my way I'd never buy the civic except for the wife - what I really want is a Tacoma king cab Biodiesel/Electric Hybrid, running on home brew vegy oil mixed up my the garage :)


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