The current Honda Insight is the third distinct car to wear the name, following a fun two-seater of the early 2000s and an underwhelming four-door hatchback from the 2010s. Like the current Insight, both of those earlier models were gas-electric hybrids.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, the Insight’s most notable change is the replacement of last year’s passenger-side LaneWatch blind spot display system with a more conventional blind spot monitoring system that works on both sides of the car.
Once again, Honda offers in the Insight in base and Touring trim levels. Both use a 1.5L four-cylinder gas engine matched with an electric motor, which direct power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Outside, the base Insight comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, passive keyless entry, body-colour door handles, heated side mirrors, all-LED lighting, and automatic on/off headlights.
Inside, there’s a 7.0-inch gauge cluster display, active noise cancellation, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an eight-speaker stereo, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone support.
Standard safety features include a driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic monitor, and forward collision detection with automatic braking.
Touring trim adds chrome exterior door handles, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation, integrated garage door opener, four-way power front passenger seat controls, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker stereo with subwoofer, Wi-Fi hotspot, connected car services, and satellite radio.
Honda’s fuel consumption estimates for the Insight are 4.6/5.3 L/100 km (city/highway).