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ew for 2019, the Insight is based on the
Civic small-car platform and gives Honda
a triple-threat in the gasoline-electric
category, alongside the Accord Hybrid and
Clarity plug-in. The drivetrain consists of a
99-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine and
two electric motors. The drive motor generates
129 horsepower while the secondary electric
motor acts as a starter as well as a generator. Net
system output, according to Honda, is precisely
151.5 horsepower. The internal-combustion

engine only operates independently when the
Insight is cruising at steady-state highway speeds,
otherwise the electric motor powers the front
wheels alone through a direct-drive controller.
The four-cylinder’s key function is to generate
electricity for the battery pack. In EV Drive mode,
the electric motor operates solo, but only for about
a mile or so before the gasoline engine kicks in to
replenish the batteries. EV Drive comes in handy
for low-speed stop-and-go traffic. Fuel economy
rings in at 52 mpg in combined city/highway

driving. It’s a bit lower in Sport mode or slightly
better if Econ is selected (the default is Normal).
The Insight LX includes an assortment of activesafety technology that’s bundled under the Honda
Sensing name. The mid-grade EX adds a 60/40
split rear seat, premium audio system and an eightinch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android
connectivity. The Touring comes with a moonroof,
navigation and heated power front seats. ●
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Base price (incl. destination): $23,700
Type: Four-door compact hybrid sedan
Engine (h.p.): 1.5-liter I-4, with electric
motor (151.5, combined)
Transmission: Single-speed controller
Drivetrain Front-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 55/49/52
Base weight (lb.): 2,990


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