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Review: 2010 Honda Insight EX, familiarity breeds discontent

First impressions can be problematic, even more so when reviewing a vehicle. When the media gets its first shot at a new offering, the automaker typically invites journalists to a location of its choosing to drive under conditions that show the car in its best light. Such was the case with the 2010 Honda Insight. After our First Drive, we came away with the impression that Honda's hot new hybrid was an engaging alternative to the Toyota Prius, but we quickly came to realize the Insight's limitations and flaws after a week behind the wheel on our home turf. Get our real-world impressions a... Read More

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    Honda teases Insight Exclusive and Freed Spike hybrids
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    Over on its Japanese site, Honda is currently teasing three upcoming hybrids, including an exclusive Insight hatchback dubbed – are you ready for this? – Insight Exclusive. A formal announcement from Honda regarding the trio of hybrid is expected to come soon. In the meantime, here's a bit info we've gleaned from Green Carview's report: The ...

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    Hybrid vehicle sales slip in September 2011; Prius tops chart again *UPDATE
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    It's that time of month again. September 2011 sales in the U.S. have been tallied (see plug-in results here) and so we took a look at the good-old green standby, hybrid vehicles. With quake-related vehicle production issues more or less out of the picture, output of most hybrid vehicles is back on track, even if demand isn't. For September, Toyota Prius ...

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    Frankfurt: 2012 Honda Insight gets nicer
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    The Honda Insight is a hatchback with its spirit in the right place, but everything else about it has practically no spirit at all. Honda has finally seen to its lackluster hybrid by tweaking nearly everything about it. Its face has been given blue eyes courtesy of tinted headlight covers, and the grille and front spoiler benefit from a welcome ...

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    Honda reveals Europe's slightly revised 2012 Insight
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    For the new, slightly revised, European version of the 2012 Insight, Honda is focusing on making the hybrid slightly more fuel-efficient, perhaps with an eye to be more competitive with the Toyota Prius. Honda says the 2012 Insight spits out only 96 grams per kilometer of CO2, a five-gram drop compared to the outgoing 2011 version. At roughly 56.8 miles ...

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    Official: Honda details 2012 Insight refinements, MPG improvements ahead of Frankfurt
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    Honda is set to unveil a lightly revised version of the European Honda Insight at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. This 2012 Insight will feature greater efficiency gleaned from substantial aerodynamic work (check out that new grille and front bumper), reduced engine friction, improvements to the CVT and the air-conditioning system. What does all of that ...

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    Hybrid vehicle sales steady in August; Prius crowned champ again *UPDATE
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    It's that time of month again. August 2011 sales in the U.S. have been tallied, including, of course, hybrid vehicles. Once again, it's worth at least a mention that quake-related vehicle production issues have more or less subsided, so output of most hybrids manufactured over in Japan is roughly back on track. This time 'round, Toyota Prius sales came ...

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    Consumer Reports 'chronicles decline in Honda's design competitiveness' [w/poll]
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    Consumer Reports created quite a stir on the Internets when it announced that it would no longer recommend the Honda Civic. The reason? The consumer advocacy institution cites issues such as the brakes, fit and finish and sporty handling all diminishing for the 2012 model year. In other words, the Civic isn't as good as the model it replaces. Now ...

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    OakTec's 100-mpg Honda Insight banned from Formula 1000 Rally Championship
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    Hit hard for being too dominant, Oaktec's fuel-sipping Honda Insight has been banned from the Formula 1000 Rally Championship. Developed exclusively for Formula 1000 rallying, Oaktec's tuned Insight returned 100 miles per gallon when pushed slowly and nearly 82 mpg when the pace quickened. Since Formula 1000 emphasizes both mileage and speed, the ...

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    Hybrid sales continue to slip in June, Toyota Prius leads with mere 4,340
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    It's that time of month again. June 2011 sales in the U.S. have been tallied, including, of course, hybrid vehicles. Once again, it's worth noting that quake-related issues continue to impact production of most hybrid vehicles manufactured in Japan. This time 'round, Toyota Prius sales came in at a mere 4,340 units, down tremendously from the 14,248 ...

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    Hybrids rejoin California gridlock as HOV stickers expire today
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    The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Starting today, July 1, some 85,000 yellow stickers issued to owners ...

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    Hybrids rejoin California gridlock as HOV stickers expire today
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    The vehicles are no longer novel, their yellow stickers have faded from years of exposure to the sun and, after six years of enjoying the privilege, it's now time for California's hybrid owners to suffer with the rest of us in the state's traffic-clogged non-High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Starting today, July 1, some 85,000 yellow stickers issued to owners ...

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    U.S. Honda dealers get okay to resume ordering Fit, Insight
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    On Thursday, Honda told its U.S. dealers that it's okay to resume ordering the Fit and Insight. According to Automotive News (sub. req.) the Japanese automaker is racing to pump out the pair of fuel-sipping vehicles, supplies of which were disrupted by the earthquake in Japan. Declaring that Honda has "turned the corner," the automaker's executive ...

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    Online Find of the Day: K20-powered Honda Insight recalls '88 CRX Si
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    We miss the first-generation Honda Insight. The aluminum-bodied hybrid represented a no-holds barred quest for fuel efficiency with innovative weight saving techniques, an aerodynamic design and a tiny 1.0-liter gasoline engine. As a result, the two-door garnered an EPA-rated 70 mpg highway and 61 mpg city – a far cry from the 43 mpg highway of the ...

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    Online Find of the Day: K20-powered Honda Insight recalls '88 CRX Si
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    We miss the first-generation Honda Insight. The aluminum-bodied hybrid represented a no-holds barred quest for fuel efficiency with innovative weight saving techniques, an aerodynamic design and a tiny 1.0-liter gasoline engine. As a result, the two-door garnered an EPA-rated 70 mpg highway and 61 mpg city – a far cry from the 43 mpg highway of the ...

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    Hybrid sales top two million in U.S.; do you know which model is in second place?
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    It has taken more than a decade, but sales of hybrid vehicles in the U.S. have finally eclipsed two million units, according to Ward's Auto. The Honda Insight, which made its U.S. debut way back in 1999, was the first hybrid to hit showrooms in the U.S. Then, in 2000, the Toyota Prius burst onto the scene. Through the end of May 2011, cumulative sales ...

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    Hybrid sales down 35.8% in May; hit 16-month low
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    Quake-related Shortages Still To Blame It's that time of month again. May 2011 sales in the U.S. have been tallied, including, of course, hybrid vehicles. It's worth pointing out that quake-related shortages continue to impact the supply of most Japanese-built hybrid models. This time 'round Toyota Prius sales rang in at a paltry 6,924 units, down ...

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    Hybrid sales nosedive 27.3% in April; quake-related shortages to blame
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    It's that time of month again: April 2011 sales in the U.S. have been counted up, including, of course, hybrid vehicles. It's worth pointing out that quake-related shortages have impacted the supply of most hybrid models. History repeats itself with the Toyota Prius, once again, perched atop the gas-electric segment, racking up 12,477 sales in April. ...

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    Honda Insight sales surging in U.S.
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    After two lackluster years, the second-generation Honda Insight is starting to see a surge in sales. Soaring gas prices, along with Honda's "The Really Big Thing" advertising campaign, boosted sales of the Insight to 2,782 units in March, a 62.2 percent increase compared to the same month last year. Furthermore, Ward's Auto points out that the "Insight's ...

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    Hybrid sales up 46.5% in March; Lexus CT 200h captures 3rd place
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    It's that time again: March 2011 sales have been tallied and hybrid vehicles posted gains of 46.4 percent compared to the same month last year. They shot up an almost identical 46.5 percent compared to February 2011. Overall, sales of hybrid models hit 34,082 units in March, accounting for 2.74 percent of the 1,241,951 vehicles sold in the U.S. last ...

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    TrueCar ranks top 10 fuel-efficient cars; Toyota Prius leads the pack
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    TrueCar has compiled its list of the top ten most fuel-efficient 2011 model year vehicles currently on the market and – unsurprise! – the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, leads the pack. TrueCars' selection hinged on fuel economy and annual gas costs, the latter of which was calculated based on driving 15,000 miles a ...

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