2011 Honda Insight
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
The standard features for the entry-level model of the 2011 Honda Insight are:
- automatic climate control
- remote keyless entry
- power windows
- power door locks
- power outside mirrors
- tilt-and-telescope steering column
- AM/FM/CD audio system with two speakers, with AUX audio input
The 2011 Honda Insight, just as in previous years, offers a choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). With the upscale EX trim package, there's an option for a steering wheel with paddle shifters which give a driver the experience of a gearbox with seven speeds. Don't be fooled though -- a CVT does not have gears. What happens instead is that the Honda Insight system electronics direct the engine to downshift or upshift when the driver hits one of the paddles.
The 2011 Honda Insight is essentially a compact with a conventional appearance, not at all like the hybrids put out by other manufacturers, who have gone for a more futuristic look. Fuel economy figures of 60/66 MPG for the manual transmission and 57/56 MPG got CVT are comparable with other hybrids, but the Insight jumps way ahead with an enjoyable agile ride, and a price cheaper than other hybrids by several thousands of dollars. What should be mentioned, however, for those buying on price only, there are three current gasoline-powered sedans that cost several thousand dollars less than the Insight and get at least 40 MPG on the highway: Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fiesta.
All models of the 2011 Honda Insight have the dashboard EcoGuide visual display, which accumulates data on the habits and patterns of the driver,and shows an analysis of driving history for possible improvements in driving strategies.
The 2011 Honda Insight is a reliable well-built vehicle which goes beyond being simply a hybrid with great gas mileage to a vehicle with many convenience and safety features that make driving the car a wonderful experience.