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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,971 - $11,526
Original MSRP: $19,800 - $23,100
MPG: 40 City / 43 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Honda Insight Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

The 2010 Honda Insight has decent performance and fuel economy for a hybrid, as well as above-average safety and reliability scores.

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With a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the 2010 Honda Insight gets up to 40/43 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for the class. The Insight’s performance is somewhat different than gas-only 2010 small cars, but test drivers thought it drives well for a hybrid. Several said the Insight is more engaging than the 2010 Toyota Prius, but they also said other small cars have better performance overall. Front-seat comfort is also good, but like a lot of small cars, the Insight’s rear row is tight.

The 2010 Honda Insight has a standard features list that’s typical for the class. Inside, it comes with air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. You can also get a model with navigation. Its standard safety features include anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution. To get electronic stability control, you have to choose the EX trim.

In addition to having good fuel economy, a strong list of standard features and decent performance, the Insight also has excellent safety ratings and an above-average reliability score.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid has slightly better fuel economy than the Insight does, but it also has less cargo space. Like the Insight, the Civic Hybrid has a cramped back seat, but unlike the Insight, it comes with a lot of standard features. However, that meant the Civic Hybrid had a higher starting price as a new car, and may cost more as a used model.

Of course, if you’re thinking of getting a hybrid in the same price range, you’re probably thinking about the 2009 Toyota Prius. The 2009 Toyota Prius gets eight more miles per gallon in the city than the Insight, and five more miles per gallon combined. The two have about the same amount of cargo space, but the Prius has slightly more passenger room and a higher reliability score than the Insight.

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