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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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    John Wayland creating Silver Streak, the all-electric Honda Insight with a 350-mile range
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    John Wayland (A.K.A. Plasma Boy) is best known for building the record-setting White Zombie racer. His latest electric vehicle project, the Silver Streak, puts the emphasis on distance rather than quickness. That is not to say the Honda Insight conversion will be pokey (in fact, we're pretty sure that word isn't in Wayland's vocabulary). However, it won't ...

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    Hybrid sales up 12% in January; Toyota Prius retains top spot
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    It's that time again: January sales numbers are in and gas-electric hybrids started the New Year off by posting gains of 12 percent compared to the same month a year ago. Hybrid sales did decline by 32 percent compared to December, but it's unfair to compare January's numbers to those posted at the close of 2010, a time when automakers scrambled to ...

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    CR-Z, Crosstour, Insight sales hurting - Odyssey lone bright spot among new Honda models
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    Honda has hit rough water with sales of its new CR-Z, Accord Crosstour and Insight models According to Automotive News, the three models are underperforming in a big way. Take the Insight hybrid, which is falling 40,000 units short of even the most conservative estimates inside the company. Outsold 8-to-1 by its Toyota Prius rival, Honda has only ...

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    Honda Insight gets much cheaper base model, new features for 2011
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    The slow-selling Honda Insight hasn't exactly stolen any of the Toyota Prius' thunder since its introduction last year, and with new green cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf ready to join the battle, the future of Honda's hybrid hatch doesn't look too bright. Still, the Japanese automaker has given the Insight a host of improvements for the ...

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    Honda Insight gets much cheaper base model, new features for 2011
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    The slow-selling Honda Insight hasn't exactly stolen any of the Toyota Prius' thunder since its introduction last year, and with new green cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf ready to join the battle, the future of Honda's hybrid hatch doesn't look too bright. Still, the Japanese automaker has given the Insight a host of improvements for the ...

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    Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability?
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    Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There's the new, not-for-U.S. Jazz (Fit) Hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn't being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons from the Jazz are being applied to the Insight – most importantly that the "stop" time of the Insight's stop-start ...

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    Honda boosts Insight's fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability
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    Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There's the new Jazz (Fit) hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn't being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons from the Jazz are being applied to the Insight – most importantly that the "stop" time of the Insight's stop-start cycle can now be ...

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    Update: Honda Canada not canceling Insight, Civic hybrids, will order as needed
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    Late last week we heard a report from Quebec that Honda Canada would be discontinuing the Insight and Civic hybrid for the 2011 model year due to poor sales. We've now received a clarification from Honda Canada spokesman Richard Jacobs, who told AutoblogGreen that the two hybrids have not, in fact, been discontinued. According to Jacobs, Canadian dealers ...

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    Update: Honda Canada not canceling Insight, Civic hybrids, will order as needed
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    Remember the report from Quebec that suggested Honda Canada would be discontinuing the Insight and Civic hybrid for the 2011 model year due to poor sales? According to company spokesman Richard Jacobs, the two hybrids have not in fact been discontinued. Instead, Jacobs tells us that Canadian dealers currently have a six month supply of the Insight and ...

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    Report: Honda Canada discontinuing Insight and Civic hybrid
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    It's no secret that the revived 2010 Honda Insight has been a huge sales disappointment in North America. The once-robust sales of the Civic hybrid have also evaporated in the last two years. Apparently, things are far worse for Honda's hybrids in Canada where higher fuel prices typically cause people to buy more efficient vehicles. An unconfirmed report ...

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    Report: Honda Fit Hybrid to cost $18,600* in Japan
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    Honda is finally set to launch the Fit hybrid in Japan this October and pricing is rumored to start at ¥1.59 million or about $18,600 at current exchange rates. That's a $4,700 premium over a standard gasoline powered Fit in Japan, but $3,500 less than the Insight, which makes it the cheapest hybrid available across the Pacific. The Insight and Fit ...

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    2011 Honda Insight gets suspension changes in EU, U.S. to follow?
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    When we reviewed the 2010 Honda Insight last year, we came away far less impressed than we did after our first drive a few months earlier. After living with the new hybrid for a week in Michigan we found its ride quality to be extremely disappointing. The tuning of the springs and dampers left it bouncing around on sharp road inputs and transmitting a ...

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    Honda updates popular "Impossible Dream" commercial, adds a touch of green
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    Honda released the first Impossible Dream ad way back in 2005. It was an immediate success and quickly became one of the most memorable videos ever released by an automaker. The spot featured everything that Honda had to offer at the time, but five years is a long time and the company has a lot more going on today than can be seen in the original ad. ...

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    Honda R&D President says automaker "lacks confidence" in viability of EVs
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    Carlos Ghosn and Nissan may be plowing head first into the EV world, but Honda isn't so certain buyers are going to be willing to accept the range and charging woes that go along with driving an all-electric car. Tomohiko Kawanabe, president of research and development for Honda, has been quoted as saying that while his company is currently researching ...

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    Parents magazine names 'Best Family Cars of 2010'
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    Parents has worked up a lengthy list of its favorite family haulers for 2010, though you won't see too many minivans or SUVs on the roundup. Instead, the site broke down its selections into categories like sedans, hybrids and large vehicles and arranged its picks in no particular order. We certainly can't argue with cars like the 2010 Subaru Legacy or the ...

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    Honda president says next Insight will beat Prius in mpg fight
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    Honda Motor Company is more than a bit bummed out. It appears as though the company is not exactly pleased that the Toyota Prius has killed its Insight in sales and is even more agitated that the Prius remains the mileage champ. So, what can the company do to hit back? Build an Insight that trumps the competition, of course. Honda's president Takanobu ...

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    Honda updates Impossible Dream ad with CR-Z, Asimo and hot tub
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    Honda has resurrected The Impossible Dream once more. Hands down one of our favorite car spots of all time, the original ad aired in the UK way back in 2005 and featured a smattering of models from the Japanese company's past. From lowly scooters and the lovable S800 to the company's early racing bikes and F1 cars, the ad was a highlight reel of all of ...

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    Innovative thinking from Honda: build "appealing" plug-ins and the infrastructure will come
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    The headline above sounds strikingly similar to something we've heard before. Picture Kevin Costner in a classic baseball movie called "Field of Dreams" and we're sure the phrase will pop into your head: "If you build it, he (they) will come." How a baseball film factors into the future of the automotive industry is uncertain, but the words of a certain ...

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    AAA lists top picks for commuters, fuel sippers take the lead
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    The American Automobile Association of America (AAA) has revealed its top picks in commuter vehicles, with an eyebrow-raising potluck of conveyances from which to choose. Judged on "practicality, safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and affordability" the Honda Insight comes in first, one of three Hondas in the top ten. They are joined by the Ford Fusion at ...

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    Hybrids dominate 2010 World Green Car shortlist
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    The World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards will again close out the 2010 prize season when they are announced at the New York Auto Show in April. WCOTY hands out honors in four categories: overall best, performance car, design and, of course, green car. The original list of 13 eligible vehicles for this year's World Green Car title has been narrowed down to ...

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