Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Honda Insight

With an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, the Honda Insight was a benchmark in fuel-efficient automobiles.

The funny thing is, as more and more companies begin to emphasize their hybrid cars in strange and unique ways, the Honda Insight looks more and more like your standard sedan with every iteration. Call it eco-subtlety? Why not?

A Short History of the Honda Insight

The Honda Insight hit the streets back in 1999. It was based on the Honda J-VX, which was a concept car that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 1997. It was the very first vehicle to use Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system. The Insight would become the very first hybrid available on the North American market.

Eco-Friendly Technology of the Honda Insight

The 2019 Honda Insight is much quicker than the majority of hybrid competitors on the market with a combination of gasoline engines and electric motors. The pairing provides drivers with 151 horsepower, which gives the car a 0-60 time of 7.7 seconds. The truly incredible part is the fuel economy. EPA ratings give the Honda Insight a 55-mpg rating for the highway.

On the interior, the Honda Insight comes with a baseline 5.0” touchscreen infotainment system. Of course, you can upgrade to the larger 8.0” touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. There is also built-in navigation on the higher trim level. 

Some of the standard safety features on the Honda Insight include forward-collision warning, standard lane departure, and standard adaptive cruise control.

Three Generations of the Honda Insight

  • First Generation Honda Insight (1999-2006)

The first-generation Honda Insight came out of the Honda womb in 1999. It utilized a hybrid engine and a lightweight aluminum frame. It was aimed at achieving some of the best fuel efficiency that the world had seen up to that point. It utilized a three-seat design, which didn’t help its case against the Toyota Prius.

  • Second Generation Honda Insight (2009-2014)

The new Honda Insight hit the public in 2009. It utilized a 1.3L electric engine and came with a five-passenger, five-door design, which was built on a dedicated hybrid platform. The rounded shape was to make sure that drivers could clearly identify it as a hybrid vehicle. The car included the fifth-generation Honda Integrated Motor Assist system.

  • Third Generation Honda Insight (2018-Present)

The third-generation Honda Insight utilizes a two-motor hybrid powertrain with 1.5L gas engine that is combined with an electric motor, as well as a Lithium-ion battery pack. In 2018, Honda took the LCD instrument cluster from the Honda Accord and stuck it in the Honda Insight. 

Celebrity Endorsements of the Honda Insight

There are quite a few Honda Insight celebrity owners, though one of the most famous is Dave Matthews from the Dave Matthews Band, who purchased the car as with a coalition of music industry players who enacted in an eco-friendly challenge.

The Honda Insight In the News

In recent news, a San Jose woman was arrested for attempting to steal a blue Honda Insight from a local dealership, though it became disabled the minute she drove off the lot. 

Best Honda Insight Groups

With over two decades of manufacturing, there are plenty of Honda Insight groups sprinkled around the Internet. One of the best groups for Honda Insight owners and enthusiasts is Insight Central. There are over 170k members active on the site.

The Honda Insight – A Hybrid Gone Sedan

Though the Honda Insight has retained some of the best hybrid qualities on the hybrid market, you would never know it was a hybrid unless you got a good look at its badges. We love that Honda decided to go in the direction of making it more like a sedan, as it entices car buyers to go green just a bit more.

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