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Honda Insight

2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
Honda Insight 2014 Trim Shown: 2014 Base
Honda directly targeted the Toyota Prius with their second-generation Insight hatchback. Introduced for 2010, the car was considerably less expensive than the larger Prius, but turned out to be a half-hearted effort. Gas mileage of 39 mpg overall isn't up to the standards of other small hybrids. Driving the Insight is no prize either, as it is slow and noisy. Base LX versions lacked electronic stability control; emergency handling was a handful. Stability control became standard for 2012 on all Insights. Interior fit and finish are lacking, rear visibility is difficult, and the back seat is cramped. The Insight was discontinued after the 2014 model year.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $11,100 - $13,875 $8,680 - $11,280
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2013 $9,625 - $12,025 $7,210 - $9,460
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2012 $7,900 - $9,875 $5,560 - $7,410
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2011 $7,275 - $8,600 $4,905 - $6,150
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2010 $6,300 - $7,000 $3,970 - $4,620
2000-2009
Honda Insight 2006 Trim Shown: 2006 Hatchback
As the first hybrid on the market, the Honda Insight posted the best fuel economy we had seen at the time; with 51 mpg overall; a record that stood until the 2016 Toyota Prius came along. But this flyweight two-seater really makes you pay for that efficiency when it comes to livability and drivability. The ride is barely tolerable and the car is very noisy. Acceleration is reasonable against the clock, but in everyday driving, it requires a lot of shifting of the manual transmission to keep up with traffic. Rear visibility is poor. Note that the Insight is not equipped to carry children, since the passenger-side airbag has no shut-off switch. Antilock brakes are standard, but driving the Insight feels vulnerable on a crowded highway because it is so small, light, and slow. Overall, the Insight is little more than a commuter runabout. Hybrid battery failures are fairly common. Production lasted until 2006.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 N/A N/A
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2006 $4,875 - $4,875 $2,580 - $2,580
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2005 $4,400 - $4,400 $2,150 - $2,150
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2004 $3,875 - $3,875 $1,720 - $1,720
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2003 $3,400 - $3,400 $1,340 - $1,340
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2002 $3,200 - $3,200 $1,165 - $1,165
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2001 N/A N/A
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2000 N/A N/A
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