2014 Honda Insight Review
The 2014 Honda Insight isn't as fuel-efficient, has fewer features and has a less refined powertrain than rivals, according to reviewers, but it does have a lower price.
The 2014 Insight has sufficient power from its electric motor and four-cylinder engine, according to auto journalists. Some comment that the switch between electric and gas power, as well as the engine start-stop system, could operate more smoothly. An automatic transmission is standard, and the Insight gets an EPA-estimated 41/44 mpg city/highway, which is better than the fuel economy of most affordable small cars, but not as good as that of rival hybrids like the Toyota Prius c. Reviewers say the Insight has responsive steering and agile handling, which make it more fun to drive than other hybrids. However, some say the ride can be stiff and a bit uncomfortable, which they think may turn off some drivers.
Compared with other cars in the class, reviewers write that the Insight's cabin is built with hard plastics and feels chintzy. The front seats are comfortable, according to reviewers, but there may not be sufficient leg- or headroom for everyone in the back seat. The cargo hold is small compared to rival hatchbacks. The Insight comes with automatic climate control and a two-speaker audio system with a CD player, auxiliary input and speed-sensitive volume control. Available features include Bluetooth, a USB port, cruise control, a rearview camera and a voice-controlled navigation system. Test drivers say the dashboard controls are generally easy to master, though some critics think the navigation system is outdated and the touch screen’s buttons are hard to use.
- "The Insight may not give you Prius gas mileage, but it can save you big money. That makes it a good choice for shoppers who want a new car with very affordable running costs." -- AutoTrader
- "Although very fuel-efficient and affordable, the 2014 Honda Insight still doesn't measure up to its Toyota Prius C archrival in key areas like mpg, passenger room and available features." -- Edmunds
- "In all, the Insight offers sound value and seriously good fuel economy, but it's not the most accomplished hybrid you can buy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- “But beyond its laudable fuel economy and tempting starting price, there are compromises. The Insight's driving manners are rather unrefined and lackluster, even for a hybrid, and base models lack common features like cruise control, a USB input and even vanity mirrors." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Prius c is roughly the same price as the Insight, and it delivers significantly better fuel economy. The Prius c also comes with more standard features, including Bluetooth and a USB port.
Equipped with an optional fuel economy package, the Ford Fiesta gets great gas mileage, though it’s not quite as good as the Insight’s. However, it costs a few thousand dollars less than the Insight. Test drivers say the Fiesta has athletic handling and one of the nicest interiors in the class, with comfy seats and upscale materials.
Details: 2014 Honda Insight
The 2014 Honda Insight seats five and has front-wheel drive. The Insight is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Three trims are available: base, LX and EX. The Insight hasn’t seen major changes since it was redesigned for the 2010 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2014 model years.