2006 Honda Insight User Reviews
5-Spd MT w/ AC shown
- $7,634 - $8,483
- Fuel economy, storage hatchback, stick shift, silver color, heads turn
- road noise, sometimes hesitates
The car gets about 66 mpg in warm weather and much less when it is cold and rainy. It suites me perfectly. I drive it over the mountains with my back pack in the back and wish that it would go up rough roads but it is not that type of car. I cannot understand why Honda discontinued this model. This is the neatest car. A bicycle can fit in the hatch back as well as groceries, etc. What a fun car to own and drive. I drove it last year clear across the USA. It is comfortable. For a light car it does well in wind and road stability. I hope that it holds up because it is so light weight. I had a black Honda Prelude with 4 wheel steering and loved that car for 20 years. It too had excess road noise though. Cruise control would be nice and I know of people who have successfully retrofitted that aspect to the car. With the increase gas prices, the car will pay for itself....read morehide
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- Economical, very reliable, quiet engine, brakes and tires last 90K + miles.
- Underinsulated for road noise, rear fender panels a nuisance
I drive a lot, and this car is perfect for commuting. Forget it as a family car - it only has two seats.
Replaced battery at 193,000 miles at a cost of $2,000 (Honda was nice to me). Overall mileage is 55.2 on Texas roads, usually with AC running.
Car is quick despite small engine and can cruise at 70, but does best at 60-65....read morehide
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- Superb fuel economy, looks cool.
- No roof rack available!
Absolutely a blast to drive, even after 7 years and 115,000 miles. I live and work in the mountains so I will never be a part of the Insight Hypermiler club, but I get 60+mpg on my commute, with my best being 73 mpg. Lifetime is 56.4 mpg. Rising gas prices do not bother me.
The rough ride is entirely due to the LRR Bridgestone tires that were specially designed for the Insight. Trade those out for a little wider 14" tire and the ride smoothes out considerably. Although be warned you will sacrifise about 15mpg of fuel economy. I tried a Big O brand this last winter and quickly switched back to the Bridgestone OEM Potenza tires. I like getting 600 + miles on a tank of gas.
Handling in snow - I use the Alpine Tire Chains from Europe, easy on and off, and the best in traction. When it gets really bad, I chain up the rear as well and thumb my nose at all the SUV drivers who did'nt bring their chains!
I would definetly buy a new one if Honda still made it. I guess I'll just wait until a more fuel efficient vehicle is made.
Oh yeah, and what is up with the Green Rating? The Honda Insight is #1 by a long shot. Yahoo has it mixed up. The Prius and Civic Hybrid burn slightly cleaner because their using technology, but the Insight is smaller and waaaaaaaaaaaay more fuel efficient.
So I give it a green rating of 90!...read morehide
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- My average MPG is 78 to 84.5
- Noisey in cabin, but car is kept light with less insulation
My average daily commute is 84.5 miles round trip, all California freeway. My average fill-up is 6.1 gallons, for the week. At current gas prices, that's $19.21 per week. The Honda Insight is a very amazing car, and an incredible value for the commuter. Yes, the car is noisey, but the car is kept light with little insulation and very few options; that adds weight which uses fuel. It is fun to drive because of its agile handling and the 1.0 Ltr engine with the electric boost give it quite a bit of pep. My gas mileage is the envy of anyone I talk with. The Insight is the answer to efficient electric hybrid design and execution. It is incredible that the Honday Insight is no longer manufactured....read morehide
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- Exceptionally reliable and great fuel economy
- limited lifespan?
I actually have a 2001 with overall mileage (under some extreme conditions) at 56mpg. In actuality, I would have to say that I normally achieve 62mpg with this car.
It has been reliable and virtually maintenance free and a joy to own.
However, I would not buy another hybrid for two reasons:
1.) someone hit my car and I had trouble finding someone to fix it. no one wants to touch the hybrid technology. To replace the clutch on a 5 speed I was quoted around $1200!
2. The battery is only warranted for 80K miles. I am told that they need to be replaced at 150k and it costs $5k to do that. That kind of money is too steep for a car with that kind of mileage and I expect a longer lifespan from a honda than 150k, that's why I buy them. Of course, this was not the story i got from the dealer when i bought it. They completely lowballed the price to replace and only mentioned an 8yr warranty on the battery, not the $80k mileage limit. I would rather buy some other small fuel efficient car that I can use longer, than another expensive hybrid that I will have to replace or sink money into much sooner.
However hats off to Honda for a good first try and putting the technology out there....that Toyota now seems to be capitalizing on. :-(...read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- every thing exept road noise and sound system
great car i can put the petal to the floor for 100 ki;ometers and still get 40 mpg best car ive ever driven exept for the road noise, to much. another draw back is the weight load but ive exeded it with no problem
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- fuel econo. great, ride good, styling execllent, service assist execllent, driveability very good.
- radio could be better quality
Why do I rate this vehicle so highly? First of all my vehicle is a 2001 model number 1598 off the assembly line. Introduced to the U.S. market in serious consideration of fuel economy and reduced hydro-carbon emissions ( it is a ULEV ). Manufactured for Japanese use not only for the above reasons but also for its compactness. The vehicle is designed for long highway runs and has features to accommodate short city driving and still maintain its design goals. Within its design parameters it is comfortable to ride in, a joy to drive, extremely economical, totally satisfies my need to contribute in a positive way to the environment, and has exterior styling that both appeals to the eye and conforms to a very low drag coefficient. It is a serious car for serious transportation ( point A to point B ). Into heavy recreation, get a gas guzzling SUV or RV. Want to race, get a real sports car. As for me; I keep smiling all the way to the bank with the savings earned by my 6 year old vehicle that still gives me very decent performance and knowing I am on the right side of the Global Warming debate. Thanks Honda....read morehide
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- Over 700 miles on a tank of gas, great sound system, handy hatchback
- Not for transporting 2 large adults, over 6 feet or 200 lbs or 2 small adults with a Great Dane.
I purchased a 2000 Insight in 2003 from a fellow who worked for a solar energy company, who was on the cutting edge of "green" technology. He sold the car to me with 32,000 miles already `registered on the odometer for $14,500 It was red and meticulously taken care of.
The sticker price was a around $21,000. Unfortunately I rear ended a car in commuter traffic last June. My insurance Company, (before this accident!), charged me less than $700.00 yr as a "good driver" The car was totaled. I received $10,500.00 for the car from my insurance
company in June 2006. Not bad depreciation, eh? I did not notice problems with brakes, extra noise while drriving, and although totaled, thanks to Honda's engineering, I walked away from this accident w/o a scratch. Plenty of power -yes- uphill, too...the car was discontinued in 2006. It's too good. Try finding one. If you can...and buy it. If your ego needs a fancy, sexy, or power statement...you wouldn't be reading this. It's THE HYBRID par excellence. No special treatment like plugging in or special gas. I'm still looking for one to buy. By the way...It's cool to be green!...read morehide
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