2020 Insight New Car Test Drive
If pragmatic is your aim, the 2020 Honda Insight is your can't-miss target.
For less than $24,000, the 2020 Insight sedan delivers more than 50 miles per gallon-52 mpg combined to be exact, according to the EPA, in most models. Another thing: the Insight totally aces every crash and safety test it's put to, by both the Federal government and Insurance industry.
Its hybrid powerplant is unique. Its 1.5-liter inline-4 engine mainly drives a generator that powers the hybrid batteries, along with a 129-horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels. Acceleration is leisurely, but at 52 mpg, perky isn't a priority.
The Insight rides on the wheelbase of the Honda Civic. The batteries don't cut into interior space, as it seats four adults comfortably, five in a pinch, while holding 15.1 cubic feet of stuff in the trunk.
The EPA rates the base Insight at 55 mpg city, 49 highway, 52 combined. The Touring model, with bigger wheels and tires, gets 51/45/48 mpg.
The IIHS gives the Insight its Top Safety Pick+ designation in every model, as even the base Insight gets the best headlights available. The IIHS also called the Insight's standard automatic emergency braking system 'Superior,'? noting that the Insight avoided forward crashes at 12 and 25 mph.
The NHTSA gave the Insight five stars in every one of its crash tests. Every Insight is equipped with standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Insight EX and Touring versions add active lane control. .
Honda offers the Insight in LX, EX, and Touring trim. For less than $24,000 the LX comes with cloth upholstery, LED headlights, a 5.0-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, one USB charger, 16-inch wheels, and the active safety features.
The EX costs about $25,000 and adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two USB ports, active lane control, a split-folding rear seat, and a better sound system with more speakers.
The Touring adds navigation, a moonroof, 17-inch wheels, and leather upholstery. .