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2010 Honda Insight Review


Fun Fuel Saver

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2010 Honda Insight

In short: A reasonably-priced hybrid sedan.

While some go faster and some farther on a single tank, few hybrids can claim to be as affordable—or as much fun—as the brand new Honda Insight. Starting at under $20,000, this sporty hybrid sedan brings a somewhat bare-bones approach to the hybrid that has allowed Honda to significantly cut costs with minimal inconvenience (and loss of fuel savings) for the driver. And with the Insight's characteristic Honda handling and peppy acceleration, we're sure you'll appreciate the pleasant mix of fun and frugality.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile accessory warranty

Base Price: $19,800

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hybrid sedan

1.3-liter hybrid inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 98 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 123 lb-ft @ 1,000-1,500 rpm
Transmission: continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Curb weight:
2,723 lbs
Wheelbase: 100.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 172.3/66.7/56.2 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

front disc brakes; rear drum brakes; ABS; electronic brake distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; torsion beam rear

Traction: vehicle stability assist with traction control

0-60 mph: 10.6 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph

EPA City:
40 mpg
EPA Highway: 43 mpg

dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side occupant detection system; side curtain airbags


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