Honda Insight Interior
As with many compact cars, the 2014 Honda Insight’s interior is marked by hard plastics, but reviewers say the cabin feels especially stripped down and basic. They say the cabin is pretty quiet, however, thanks to sound deadening materials. Many test drivers report that the Insight’s back seat is cramped and doesn’t have enough head- or legroom. Cargo space is small for a hatchback, but critics like that the rear seats fold flat to boost cargo room. They find that the dashboard controls are generally easy to master, though some say the navigation system feels outdated and has a finicky touch screen.
- "The Honda Insight's cabin is modern and practical, with seating for five passengers and an appreciable amount of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
- "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)
- "For 2012, thicker sound insulation and additional noise suppression in the hatchback area reduce wind and road noise to unobtrusive levels. The quieter interior is a welcome improvement on long drives, where the Insight is decidedly more refined." -- Cars.com (2012)
The Honda Insight seats five and come with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Most test drivers say that the Insight’s front seats are comfortable, but that head- and legroom are lacking in the back seat, which is a common complaint in this class. Other reviewers think there’s adequate head- and legroom in the rear seats, but note that the rear seats aren’t very supportive and can be uncomfortable.
- “While the Insight's front seats are comfortable enough, the rear seat is short on both head- and legroom." -- Edmunds
- "The roof styling limits headroom for taller occupants, and legroom is pinched with a front seat pushed very far back, but most adults will be fine on shorter trips." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "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)
- "My head was clear from any interference with the ceiling, and legroom was also suitable. My comfort problem came from the seating position, which lacks thigh support and left my knees uncomfortably raised." -- Cars.com (2012)
The 2014 Honda Insight comes with standard automatic climate control and a two-speaker audio system with a CD player, auxiliary input and speed-sensitive volume control. Options and features available on higher trims include Bluetooth, a USB port, cruise control, a rearview camera and a voice-controlled navigation system.
Reviewers say the base Insight’s cabin is relatively bare bones with just a two-speaker audio system. They point out that even basic features like a center console require an upgrade to a higher trim. They say that for the most part, the dashboard controls are easy to find and use and that the Insight displays a lot of useful information about fuel efficiency. The optional navigation system receives criticism for its outdated feel, and reviewers say its touch-screen controls are annoying and hard to use. Some test drivers dislike that the steering column obstructs some gauges, regardless of what position it’s in.
- "Inside, the Honda Insight offers fairly basic accommodations, especially in base models, which lack a center console and have just a single pair of speakers for the stereo. On a positive note, gauges and controls are well-placed and intuitive. Especially noteworthy are the graphic displays that coach you on driving in the most fuel-efficient manner possible -- the background color of the digital speedometer changes depending on how frugally you drive." -- Edmunds
- "The navigation system in top models is showing its age, and functionality for controlling nav and audio functions is hampered by frustrating buttons and touch-based controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The dashboard is another of Honda's jazzy bi-level designs. Though most major controls are handy and intuitive, some testers found the tilt/telescopic steering wheel blocked seeing some switches and gauges no matter where it was set." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The 2014 Insight has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is on the low end for a compact hatchback. Reviewers say the Insight offers a useful amount of space with the rear seats folded, and they appreciate that the rear seats fold flat. However, critics say the liftover height makes loading big items difficult.
- "Interior cargo space (15.9 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split rear seats or 31.5 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down) is adequate, though you'll find more in other hatchbacks." -- Edmunds
- "With its 5-door profile and folding rear seats, the Insight can hold a good amount of cargo given its compact footprint." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Classic hatchback design allows for generous cargo room with the rear seats folded flat, though a roughly 3-inch liftover complicates sliding larger items out of the car." -- Consumer Guide (2012)