New Honda Insight Has Better Fuel Economy than Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt
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Discontinued in 2014, the Honda Insight returns to the U.S. market for the 2019 model year. Previewed with a pre-production concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Insight made its global debut less than three months later at the New York Auto Show. A significant departure from its predecessor, the new Insight is larger, boasts a more sedan-like design, premium features, and a brand-new drivetrain that has what it takes to give the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq a run for their money.
The Insight boasts a powerful front fascia with a "flying wing" grille, sleek headlamps, and a three-piece intake layout in the bumper
Relatively unchanged compared to the so-called concept from Detroit, the new-generation Insight ditched the odd-looking hatchback design of its predecessors to become a sporty-looking compact sedan with a fastback rear section. Based on the existing design language, the Insight boasts a powerful front fascia with a "flying wing" grille, sleek headlamps, and a three-piece intake layout in the bumper. The beltline is quite muscular for a Honda that doesn’t have a "Type R" badge, while the rear section is a mix of curved and straight lines that provide a modern look. The big taillights, the spoiler, and the small wing in the lower bumper add a touch of sportiness.
The interior feels modern and classy, but it also includes premium appointments, including a soft-touch dashboard with stitching, sculpted seats and a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster. Options include heated and leather-trimmed seats and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda promises best-in-class rear legroom of 37.4 inches and a 15.1-cubic-feet trunk that "rivals gasoline versions of midsize cars."
The new Insight gets its juice from the company's latest two-motor hybrid system, which combines a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack with 60 cells
The new Insight gets its juice from the company’s latest two-motor hybrid system, which combines a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack with 60 cells. Total system out is rated at 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. While the initial announcement included a range of "more than 50 mpg," the production car comes with a revised rating of up to 55 mpg in the city. That’s one mpg more than the Toyota Prius and nine mpg above the Chevrolet Volt. The Hyundai Ioniq gets a better rating though at 58 mpg.
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