2013 Honda Insight Review

The 2013 Honda Insight is back at it again after going through a bumper to bumper change in 2010. Similar to the 2012 model, it still has a very spacious interior, a multi-tasking hatchback design, an easy to drive design and a industry-recognized acceptable maintenance and ownership cost. Falling back on further 2012 attributes this model from Honda is still the best hybrid deal on the market in America. The 2013 Honda Insight is also priced the same as the 2012 model, at $18,500, giving you, the consumer, an even better deal for Honda’s hybrid model.

Looking at the 2013 Insight, there are three different trim models, the Base, LX and EX. While the base model is geared towards budget conscious consumers, it is not lacking in any features. The Base model has hands-free climate control, power windows and a generous and rich-sounding 160 watt speaker system. The mid-level, the LX trim model has everything the Base does and adds a console with armrests, a security system, audio controls that are fully adjustable from the steering-wheel, heavy-duty floor mats, cruise control, and a USB port that works to charge electronics or accept data for your audio and GPS systems. The top-of-the-line model, the EX trim, builds on the LX’s features and has a rich six-speaker audio system, mirrors with built-in heaters and lighted turn signals, alloy wheels, Bluetooth ®  for cellphones, navigation systems and even Internet services. The LX also has daytime running headlights, leather-encased steering wheel, a rearview camera, and an optional voice-recognition navigation system that provides operators with on-demand satellite-based directions.

When it comes to the 2013 Honda Insight’s powertrain, power and responsiveness are taken care of perfectly. Since the Insight is a hybrid, its engine features a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, capable of producing 98 horsepower and 123 lb-ft or torque. It is complemented by a 10-kilowatt electric engine that is chargeable at home or on the road through passive kinetic energy. Every model features Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), a technologically advanced transmission systems that utilizes a next generation transmissions system with variable pulleys instead of gears found in earlier Honda transmissions. This car is specifically engineered with Honda’s Drive-by-Wire™ proprietary system that works hand in hand with the CVT to give the operator the most efficient drive ratio possible. Customers who choose the EX trim, receive a steering wheel with paddle shifters. This system permits the operator to personally shift through a series of 7 fixed ratios for a comfortable and responsive drive. Customers can also rest easy about the environment and their wallets with the built-in Eco Assist™ that Honda engineers into every 2013 Insight engine.

When it comes to Honda’s 2013 Honda Insight, its body and chassis are not lacking in any respect. Building on improvements from past years, its grill is further refined, featuring a blue accented bar that embodies the Insight’s hybrid soul. It has become more and more aerodynamic because its front wheels have been extended more; this enables air to have less drag on the Insight, giving it better fuel efficiency around the front tires. The engine’s bay design underbody cover was also refined and air diffuser are installed beneath the back bumper to round out airflow at the rear of the car. These adjustments, together, add up to a 2-percent bump in aerodynamic performance. When it comes to the chassis, the Insight is built on a MacPherson strut front suspension and is combined with a torsion-beam rear suspension. This coupling gives occupants of the Insights the most space possible. The Insight also features 15-inch steel wheels that have covers on the Base and LX models, while the EX model has 15-inch alloy wheels. All models have a 36.1-foot turn diameter which gives it responsive maneuverability in the city or the country. All models of the Insight also have electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion power steering (EPS); this offers a reliable and steady steering mechanism. This power steering also enables the Insight to provide its drivers greater fuel efficiency.

Looking inside, you will see the 2013 Honda Insight has not given up one interior comfort or feature. Along with its ability to have the driver and as many as five occupants in the car in comfort, there is still ample cargo room with its 31.5 cubic feet of space. This massive cargo space is due to its back seatbacks that split 60/40. While driving, the operator and front passenger alike will have information on the vehicle’s status with its futuristic and informative instrument panel layout. The Multi-Information Display (MID) permits instant access to all gauges on the dash and through its easy to access steering-wheel mounted controls. The LX trim has top-notch seat fabric, the EX trim features a hybrid faux leather and premium fabric for the upholstery. All trim models have automatically controlled climate control. Optional upgrades on the EX include Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ that works on voice commands, has a rearview backup camera and has on-demand navigation system that works with over seven-million destinations all over the United States.

2013 Honda Insight Interior

No matter what Insight trim level you purchase, safety has not been sacrificed. Some notable safety features include two-stage, multi-threshold driver and passenger airbags. It also has front-side airbags with a standard passive passenger-side position detection system. Other standard features include anti-lock brakes, front head restraints, a specially designed front body structure to help minimize pedestrian injuries. There is also a proprietary body design (Honda only) that enables increased passenger and driver protection against different types of car crashes. Further safety features include anti-lock brakes with Honda’s electronic brake distribution (EBD), a side-curtain airbag system, and active head restraints for both the operator and front passenger. The 2013 Honda Insight was also rated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned this rating because it passed the IIHS’ side and front impact tests, its rollover tests and the Insights’s ability to protect against neck injuries in rear impacts. This car earned the “Top Safety Pick” because it rated “good,” which is the best possible rating by this rating agency’s crash tests.