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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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“Slow acceleration from a stop which is not what I expected given that it has an electric assist that should be providing instant torque.”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Honda Insight)

“There are large blind spots.= and the view through the rear window is limited.”

MARK S., CT (2010 Honda Insight)

“I drive mostly in town. It handles very well. I enjoy driving it. The motor shuts off when the car stops, so it doesn't accelerate that fast when you start up again.”

PATRICIA S., OR (2010 Honda Insight)

“The CV Transmission is not smooth and at times hesitates especially when in economy mode.”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Handling is easy and corners well. Acceleration is a bit slow after initial take off but that is expected with this low HP engine.”

JOSEPH L., TX (2010 Honda Insight)

“Sluggish acceleration, can be hard to keep in a straight line at highway speed -- tends to drift around too much.”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Honda Insight)

“It is a small four cylinder engine so one shouldn't have great expectations from it. However, the electric motor assist when accelerating makes it perform better than one would expect. One still needs to try to avoid situations calling for a great deal of acceleration but it is fine for day-to-day driving on rural roads, city streets and Interstates.”

FRANS B., MI (2010 Honda Insight)

“Poor acceleration, really needs better use of its internal battery and electric assist.”

DAVID B., CT (2010 Honda Insight)

“Surprisingly good acceleration for a hybrid and handling very goid for a small car have driven in deep snow and never got stuck very impressed with it much better value for the price versus a Prius”

WILLIAM W., VA (2010 Honda Insight)

“I knew it would have less power accellerating than other cars, but, besides this, sometimes it would have a little hesitation before accellerating.”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Honda Insight)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“very noisy - both road and wind noise - at highway speeds.”

GEORGE E., PA (2010 Honda Insight)

“It is a bit noisy when driving. The drivers seat I can feel the springs. It really needs vents for the backseat, with all the windows, it does not cool well for the back. It takes FOREVER to warm up & heat in the winter! THE SUN VISORS ARE USELESS!! The only thing they are good for are to prop up the sun shade for the windshield in the summer. There isn't a trunk open button in the front or on the key fob. It jerks a bit at start from a full stop, much like a dedicated standard vehicle in downsh”

K H., MO (2010 Honda Insight)

“I find that this car suffers from a lack of Torque, getting of the stop is very slow and could be dangerous if you are not accustom to the problem. The road noise is very high and the radio does not do a good job with its autovolume control.”

DAVID B., CT (2010 Honda Insight)

“Font end is to light at highway speeds. Seats are uncomfortable for longer trips. Interior looks cheap. Hybrid battery failed after 60000 miles.”

KATHLEEN R., PA (2010 Honda Insight)

“The front seats do not provide enough side to side support to be comfortable for longer drives. Wind noise is ok for short drives, but uncomfortable for highway driving.”

DONALD H., MN (2010 Honda Insight)

“The ride is rough...suspension is very tight. Also the wheels are low profile making the car low to the found and hard for a senior to get in and out of.”

JACAKIE W., VA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Seemed like a tin can. Fabric was low quality as was the car.”

GREG R., ID (2010 Honda Insight)

“The seats are uncomfortable for driving more tham 1/2 hour. I don't remember if this was always true or appeared over time. The climate control is excellent for this size and price car.”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Can't drive in high heat weather for long trips of 300 miles or more. Sensors turn off A/C when batt pack gets hot. In CA. Seats are hard. Noisy and hard ride. Visibility in rear bad.”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Within the first 2 weeks, I knew we had made a mistake. The seats and back headrest were extremely uncomfortable. I would never buy another Honda because the Insight is so uncomfortable.”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Honda Insight)

“The seats are too small for a large person. The ride is more like that of an old pick up truck. Road noise is too loud. Fuel economy is not was was expected. Advertised as 50 mpg, only get about 43 - 45 mpg. Maintenance cost are higher than a non hybrid vehicle. For the price, could have gotten a gas operated vehicle with lots of bells and whistles and still have the same mpg. This vehicle doesn't even have speed control, but because it is a hybrid was probably 25% higher in price.”

EDWARD A., CA (2010 Honda Insight)

“The Insight is a small car and I'm a fairly tall and heavy person. That renders getting behind the steering wheel just a bit difficult. I wish they would let it tilt up a bit more and also make the valve on the hydraulics that control the seat height stronger so it doesn't sink. When it sinks too low I cannot read the speedometer and I have to pump it up again while driving.”

FRANS B., MI (2010 Honda Insight)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“The hatchback and fold-down back seats allow for an amazing amount of cargo.”

PAULA N., IL (2010 Honda Insight)

“For the price, could have gotten a gas operated vehicle with lots of bells and whistles and still have the same mpg. This vehicle doesn't even have speed control, but because it is a hybrid was probably 25% higher in price.”

EDWARD A., CA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Great price for the car and gas mileage great no mechanical issues and have had it for iver 3 years I am sad they stopped making the Insight model”

WILLIAM W., VA (2010 Honda Insight)

“I bought the Insight because I didn't like the center console design on the Prius and the Insight was several thousand dollars less.It is quite roomy. Overall I love it including the 45-50 mpgs. One thing I have been unhappy with is how low the front bumper and trim are. They are soft so I can't feel or hear if they are in contact with the curb. I have been scraped up by curbs and parking blocks. One time the parking block even tore off the bumper, but I was able to reattach it. Also roof ins”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Insight)

“great gas mileage”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Insight)

“Good all around vehicle”

DAVID R., ON (2010 Honda Insight)

“Excellent gas mileage. Still looks great after five years of ownership and heavy use.”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Honda Insight)

“On long rides the seats offer really good lumbar support and the driving position is excellent. Good all around visibility. Same as my Civic.”

ZENON S., VA (2010 Honda Insight)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“I love its shape--it is sleak rather than bug like--and note that the Prius spape has been moving towards that of the Insight.”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Insight)

“Sporty look compared to Toyota Prius.”

DANIEL L., CA (2010 Honda Insight)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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