The second generation Insight seats five and gets excellent fuel economy, but it's a noisy car with a stiff ride and clumsy handling. The aerodynamic roofline impedes access. A hatchback design makes it versatile, but that's one of few saving graces.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available in 2010, standard from 2011. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The second generation Insight seats five and gets excellent fuel economy, but it's a noisy car with a stiff ride and clumsy handling. The aerodynamic roofline impedes access. A hatchback design makes it versatile, but that's one of few saving graces.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (98 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Honda Insight owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The plastic molding came completely off"

Joe H., IL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Molding fell of car"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to glue loose rubber trim on roof edges, Honda wanted over $80 to fix. Bottom of front bumper trim is too low and gets caught on parking bumpers and curbs so has pulled loose and is all scratched up.In fact the whole bumper pulled off one time"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Exterior molding on top of car keeps coming undone"

Leslie M., CA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trim on top of car flew off while driving"

John H., WI (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on hood of car is chipping (pimple-sized)"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint on lower fenders tends to crack & peel, but the car is seven years old and I do not have a garage, so it is exposed to the weather & temperatures"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rust

"Purchased car knowing that there was body damage due to being scraped along the driver's side by a snow plow. Rust in damaged area noticed after one winter. Requires repair"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"headlight went out. Was successfully fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I had to pay nearly $800,00 to replace a single tail light assembly, and now the other one is going out. Highway robbery"

George G., CA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"LED in taillight went out, LED bulbs are not replaceable and the entire tail light had to be replaced. Poor design"

Bryan D., TX (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left tail light burned out in less than a year"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"Error light went on and required a $600 repair"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"One or more TPM sensors are defective. Had previously replaced two of these in previous years. These things are designed to fail. Expensive to replace, which I will not do any more. So the TMPS system is essentially worthless"

R J., FL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"car has air noise at rt driver door at 60 mph+"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Air noise from top of windows / seal (squeegie) at bottom of windows don't seal well, lowering window doesn't remove water droplettes"

John H., WI (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to apply a rubber weather seal above the top of the trunk lid glass to roof line seal. It worked perfectly after the modification. Honda should pay me for the repair fix that they could send a repair mod to all Insight owners"

William P., MA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Always has had some wind noise since new"

Glenn B., IL (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Bought used two months ago and the car immediately needed a new thermostat. Still having problem when in slow or stopped traffic with cooler air warming up 10 degrees or more - I can't use the econ button if I want cool air all the time"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heater system

"Same thermostat problem which needed replacing immediately after purchase"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"The insight has well known problems with the firmware on the transmission, but refuses to update the software without paying at least $50"

William D., OR (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor had to be replaced. Dealer had trouble obtaining the correct part for some reason"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

"Advertised as a constant engaged drivetrain. Not so, when I pause or stop and then apply gas to resume the car jolts forward. When I complained to the dealer where I bought the car, I was told all cars experience similar conditions. Plus I would have"

Rene C., AK (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed suddenly. Had it replaced. This has been the only real repair I've had for this car. Otherwise only normal maintenance"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"IMA battery fan died, which led to total electrical failure and me stuck on the side of the road. Cost $566 to fix"

Suzanne C., VA (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"a check brake system light...a check ABS light...and others come on intermittently.. estimate to fix $2300. does not effect fuel economy or steering or braking. no written estimate of parts or labor costs ?"

Sandra D., HI (2010 Honda Insight None 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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