• May 18th 2009 at 11:26AM
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Though the Honda Insight has been in the public eye for less than a year, the inexpensive hybrid has already attracted its fair share of attention. The Insight is seen as a big competitor for the Toyota Prius, and the five-door hatchback has been viewed by many as a step toward making the world a more ecologically friendly place. That's all well and good, but if you listen to Jeremy Clarkson, the Insight is a royal hunk of junk.

Clarkson recently reviewed the Insight, and he threw enough insulting jabs at Honda's inexpensive hybrid that his article could be easily confused for a Don Rickles routine. He starts by calling the Insight "bibically terrible." Comparing a hybrid to famine, floods, plagues and rivers of blood will go a long way towards giving the reader an understanding of where he stands regarding hybrids in general and the Insight in particular.

The master of on-screen automotive highjinks says that to duplicate the sound of the Insight's 1.3-liter petrol engine, "you'd have to sit a dog on a ham slicer." If that doesn't sting, he adds: "It's the first car I've ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didn't have to drive it any more." The seats? "Designed specifically, it seems, to ruin your skeleton." And there's a lot more where that came from.

In short, Clarkson hates the Insight, but you've probably gathered that by now. He also points out the fact that the Volkswagen Golf diesel in the UK gets better fuel economy than the Insight, and we're guessing he'd find the oil burner considerably more fun to drive. Make your way to the Times Online to check out Clarkson's full review – if only for some much needed Monday morning comedy. Hat tip to Niterider.

[Source: Times Online]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for him! All Hondas are crappy little anti-cars. They're for people who just need to get from point A to point B. People who don't know anyhting about cars drive Hondas. Like all Japanese automobiles they are void of any style or character. Hard to believe the Japs have never designed a truley classic auto.
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      "I would like Honda to stop making the electric-hybrid and just go all out to make hydrogen work.:............That's not how new technologies evolve. The current push toward cleaner cars is artificially generated by government dictates and subsidies - because the companies have to stay in business while satisfying politicians who can crush their companies. If they "went for it" with hydrogen, the infra structure to fuel them doesn't exist - and won't for years. So, Honda quits making cars that people want that actually brings them a profit and takes their net worth and starts building cars that people may or may not want and couldn't service, even if they had them. That would be biblically stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it is made by non union it's a heck of a lot better than what the union thugs are pushing an a lot cheaper and will go alot longer, my son has a Honda and just turned over 200K. The Obama SLIME MACHINE get a life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess he meant russian roulette, --- or maybe not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ALL of these cars are DEATH TRAPS!!!!!!!! Besides the fact, what are you going to do if you have more than 2 kids? You can't get a family of 5 or 6 into one of these sardine cans.
      I will drive my minivan and NO ONE will make me do other wise. NO not even Obama. He is NOT God, despite what he thinks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...wow, if you think this is the size of a sardine can, I wonder what you'd say about my gti...
      • 6 Years Ago
      like this idiot knows anything about cars in the first place
      Steve Willhite
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly little thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never heard of Jeremy Clarkson, and don't care to know him, but anyone who will compare a vw to ANY vehicle favorably has to be an idiot..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hoosier, anyone who thinks that VW's microscopic range of cars in the US is a yardstick for comparison to anything is an idiot.

        Volkswagen produce a far larger range of products than Honda does and they're far better to drive.

        You need to travel more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who is Jeremy Clarkson? I know Honda as my companion for decades and I will buy any Honda any time. Jeremy Clarkson? Please go to the end of the line.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson is the jerk who made the remark, "whatever Ameicans think about...incest." BBC said he was just trying to be humerous. In any case, it's the last time I watched him.
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