Honda Insight Interior
Though some reviewers say that the Insight could offer higher-quality interior materials, most agree that its cabin features a practical design and solid construction. Still, some test drivers note that the Insight’s cabin is sparsely equipped. They mention that common standard features, such as a center armrest and a four-speaker stereo, are only available on higher trims.
- "Pedestrian plastics and hard surfaces dominate the cabin, but good assembly quality helps compensate. The overall effect isn't exactly spartan, but most other cars in this class are made of nicer stuff." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2013 Honda Insight hybrid has a modern and practical interior design. The LX trim uses handsome cloth upholstery while synthetic leather-and-cloth graces the EX." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Insight's cabin has a spare feel, and doesn't aspire to transcend the car's low price tag. This is particularly noticeable in the base model, which lacks a front armrest and has just two speakers for the stereo." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The Insight's interior is one of its strongest assets, with good quality and roominess as well as great visibility." -- Cars.com (2012)
All Honda Insight models seat five and come with cloth upholstery and a manually-adjustable driver’s seat. Test drivers say that the Insight’s front seats offer good head- and legroom, and that rearward visibility is good from the driver’s seat. However, they also note that the Insight’s seat cushions don’t offer enough thigh support to be comfortable on longer trips. Some auto writers are also let down by the lack of back-seat legroom, and one critic notes that entry and exit is difficult in the second row.
- "Insight's tall, slightly ‘humpback’ body design pays dividends with ample compact-car headroom and legroom, but short seat cushions compromise long-haul comfort." -- Consumer Guide
- "Though rear headroom sees a slight improvement for 2012, the Insight still trails the Prius when it comes to headroom and legroom in the second row." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "Over-the-shoulder visibility through the pillar-less rear quarter windows and tall glass is excellent. The split rear window isn't too obstructive to look through, but it's a bit distracting that the bottom glass is tinted and the main liftgate window isn't." -- Cars.com (2012)
- "It still takes a determined head tuck to get into the back seat, where your reward is insufficient legroom, knee space for a long drive. But once in, you don't bump your head on the ceiling now." -- USA Today (2012)
The 2013 Honda Insight comes with automatic climate control, power windows and a two-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Options and features available on higher trims include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a navigation system with backup camera and two upgraded stereo systems that include a USB port.
Reviewers appreciate some of the Insight’s distinct features, such as the instrument panel that changes color to encourage green driving. However, one reviewer says that small buttons make the navigation system is difficult to use. If you use the Insight’s fuel-saving Eco mode, another test driver notes that the Insight’s air conditioning system will shut off with the car’s start/stop system.
- "The navigation system looks like an afterthought and requires sorting out a number of small lookalike buttons. Worse, it absorbs most audio functions, thus complicating even routine adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
- "Instrumentation is both functional and futuristic, and can encourage better fuel economy. There's an Assist/Charge meter to monitor current flow to and from the battery, and Eco Assist gives feedback via the varying-color cluster background." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "And this setup comes with another drawback: air-conditioner shut-off when the car stops, which can lead to sticky times in hot weather." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The Insight uses easy-to-see background lighting around the speedometer that turns green during efficient driving and blue when your right foot gets heavy. The feature is one of the ways I coaxed excellent gas mileage from the Insight; it's also used on other Hondas and likewise works well in those applications." -- Cars.com (2012)
The 2013 Insight has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, which expands to 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers are generally pleased with the Insight’s hatchback design and useful cargo hold. However, a few test drivers point out that the Insight’s door pockets and cupholders are too small to be useful.
- "Handy under-floor cubbies are a useful touch. Cabin storage is just OK, the main demerit being undersized, oddly shaped door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
- "Boasting hatchback access and flexible load space, the 2013 Honda Insight hybrid is the new SUV: Sensible Utility Vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Enlarged cup holders get only polite applause, because they remain too small for the fatter go-cups and soft-drink bottles that lots of folks favor." -- USA Today (2012)
- "The cargo area is top-notch, with a big exterior opening through the hatch, a low lift-over height, a tall load space, and a broad, flat floor." -- Automobile Magazine (2010)