Honda arrives with its new 2012 Insight, and it brings hybrid technology to the masses. With an EPA-estimated highway rating of up to 44 mpg, the Insight is not only one of the most affordable hybrids available, it is also the most fuel-efficient vehicle available under $20,000.
For 2012, the five-passenger Honda Insight (MSRP $18,350*) receives a multitude of vehicle upgrades. A more distinctive grille with a unique and futuristic blue accent bar is tied in with the new front and rear bumper treatments to give the new Insight a fun look that hints at its technological achievements. Updated wheel designs and new headlight and taillight treatments round out the visual upgrades for the new Insight. The interior has been enhanced as well with a reshaped rear seat designed to enhance rear leg- and headroom. The center console has also seen modifications with the drink holders being adjusted so they will hold larger drinks.
The innovative Eco Assist™ System standard on the Insight helps drivers improve their fuel economy and, by association, reduce their carbon footprints. A quick press of the ECON button optimizes many of the car’s systems such as throttle response and continuously variable transmission (CVT) operation for improved fuel economy. Eco Assist also helps reduce fuel consumption by encouraging you to drive more economically. The 3-D background in the speedometer cluster changes color, from green to blue, depending on how efficiently you are driving: green is more efficient, and blue is less. This system provides instant feedback to the driver and encourages judicious driving habits.
The new Insight bodywork accounts for a two percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency and helps the Integral Motor Assist™ (IMA™) do its job. The system features a 1.3-liter i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor paired with an updated Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) to put the car’s 98 hp to the road. Other aerodynamic changes for 2012 include air diffusers under the rear bumper and a revised shape to the engine bay underbody cover. Drivers can expect up to 41 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg highway** according to EPA estimates.
To further prove the car’s green credentials, the Insight was named a “Top 10 Green Car” by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com for the past three consecutive years. The Insight was also named one of the "Greenest Vehicles of 2011" by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
With an affordable price and proven Honda reliability, the 2012 Insight is the perfect hybrid for the savvy car shopper who values innovation and functionality. Combine this with the unique and powerful driving dynamics of the Insight and it is clear which vehicle is the right choice for you.
Call us today and set up a test drive of the new Honda Insight,and experience the Honda of hybrids.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $770.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.