- No significant changes for 2014
- 41/44 mpg city/highway
- Low base price
The 2014 Honda Insight continues to offer excellent value with its combination of a low base price and high fuel economy.
The Insight is notable for being the first production hybrid car, debuting all the way back in 1999. Its hybrid powertrain carries over for 2014, combining an 85-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that adds 13-hp of its own to give the Insight a total of 98-horsepower and 123 pounds-feet of torque. The Insight is different than cars like Toyota’s Prius which can run on battery power alone at times; it instead uses a system called Integrated Motor Assist, with the small electric motor giving the gasoline engine a boost when needed.
Honda expects the Insight to achieve 41 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway which admittedly trails the fuel economy numbers of the Prius. However, what Honda is banking on is the Insight’s lower base price making up much of the difference. Starting at $18,725, the Insight is around $5,500 less than the base model Prius. In other words, you could buy 1,375 gallons of gas (at $4.00/gallon) with the money you save which translates to 60,000 free highway miles.
The 2014 Insight has a plain exterior that has what is now becoming a more familiar aerodynamic, wedge shaped aesthetic including a rear hatchback instead of a trunk. Blue accents line the front grille and headlight clusters to hint at the Insight’s fuel efficient nature. Exterior accessories like protective films, door guards, and splash guards can be added to customize the Insight.
Inside, the Insight has a futuristic look and design to it in contrast to the exterior. The driver is greeted by a bright, blue tinted instrument panel with a multi-information display that displays real-time fuel economy and even Eco Assist feedback that encourages efficient driving. Automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and 60/40-split folding rear seat come standard. Extra technology features like a navigation system with traffic info, USB input, and Bluetooth connectivity are optional.
Six airbags, active front head restraints, and an integrated body construction to dissipate impact surround the passengers. Traction control and antilock braking systems are also standard, while a backup camera is optional.