Honda Insight’s illustrious reputation as one of the best hybrid cars in America – it was a 2019 North American Car of the Year finalist – is now written in stone, as the 2019 sedan adds yet another award to the trophy case: Green Car of the Year.
The Insight’s journey to earn this coveted award makes Frodo’s trek to Mount Doom seem like child’s play. After a short stint in the 2000s as a 3-door, coupe hatchback, the first-generation Insight hybrid model was sent to do paperwork in the archives. Then, in 2009, it arose from the ashes as a larger, 5-seater “liftback” hybrid, only to be discontinued once again in 2014.
But as the adage goes, third time’s a charm! Returning yet again – this time as a 4-door hybrid sedan – the Insight has finally found its groove and place in history as the top hybrid in the country. Here are just a few reasons Green Car Journal recognized the new Insight as this year’s top dog.
1. 55 MPG
Rivaling old pros like the Toyota Prius, the 2019 Insight achieves an astounding 55 mpg (city).
2. Best-In-Class Hybrid Motor
An innovative two-motor system generates 151 horsepower with 197 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver pedal-to-the-medal acceleration without actually forcing pedals to metal.
3. Civic Genes
Slightly larger than the Civic, the 2019 Insight shares many of the same elements and underpinnings, like a healthy suspension system, a low center of gravity, and a wide wheelbase.
4. Excellent Safety
Perhaps the greatest reason to buy the new Insight is its incredible safety ratings and features. Earning an unprecedented perfect IIHS score and a 5-star NHTSA rating, the 2019 Insight is undoubtedly safe. It comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite, which includes everything from your typical forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to Honda-exclusive features like Traffic Sign Recognition.
5. Interior Quality
Everything about the Insight’s the well-appointed cabin screams “Honda.”
There’s an 8.0-inch central touchscreen screen positioned over a thoughtfully and meticulously designed central stack, which features your standard climate controls, Shift-by-Wire drive modes, an e-brake with brake hold, device storage, dual USB ports, and a volume knob (thank you, Honda engineers).
Steering wheel-mounted controls are plentiful—even more so than the Civic—and deceleration paddle shifters help you control the Insight’s regenerative brakes when needed. Just beyond that, a customizable 7.0-inch information display helps you monitor everything from battery output to trip details.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in all Insight trims, while a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on the Insight Touring model. Generously appointed seats flow from front to back, offering comfort for all 5 passengers. The dash and hood are insulated well to reduce cabin noise. And there’s a maximum of 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space.
6. Superior Warranty
The Insight’s battery, which is located in the chassis to maximize cabin and trunk space, is covered by a fantastic 8-year limited warranty.
7. $22,930 MSRP
As luxurious as the 2019 Insight is, its sticker price makes you wonder if there’s a kick. (There’s not.) At just under $23k, the base Insight is more affordable than segment rivals like the Prius, Camry Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid. Additionally, you can find many Honda Insight special offers to push that price even lower.
With its big win, the 2019 Insight is ready to take on anything. If you’d like more details about buying or leasing a new Insight in Arizona, just request a quote or contact your Honda dealer for assistance. With numerous dealerships in Phoenix, Tempe, and the Scottsdale region, we’re always here to help. Find your nearest Valley Honda Dealers for directions to one of our showrooms today!
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