The Insight is our fuel-economy champ among cars that don't have to be plugged in, thanks to its 54 mpg overall in our tests, which is 2 mpg better than the Toyota Prius.
Based on the Civic sedan, the Insight has the same strengths and weaknesses.
The ride is comfortable, its handling is secure but mundane, and the rear seat is relatively roomy.
But the Insight suffers from a very low stance, which makes it tough to get in and out.
The driver's seat is short on lower back support, and the controls are somewhat tricky, including the push-button gear selector.
The car can loaf around on electric power alone at very low speeds, but when the gas engine awakens as more power is needed, it's loud.
Standard advanced safety systems include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, but there's no proper blind spot warning system.