It does a decent job of scooting the car around, and the standard six-speed manual transmission adds some sportiness. Incentive available to most customers and purchasing situations. The tweaks look good in person and should keep the Civic looking modern for several more years. Sedan and coupe models come standard with a 2. Hatchbacks are shorter, yet roomier, offering 27.
These include ride quality, cabin quietness, and efficiency improvements. Insight Cargo Space The new Insight provides a generous amount of trunk space for a compact car — around 15 cubic feet. Here the Insight does well, but others do better. Body roll is kept nicely in check, as the car chooses an attitude through a corner and sticks to it, and even with the suspension modifications, overall ride quality remains quite comfortable. Si models add various exterior trim bits and sportier wheels, while the Type R wades into the deep end with boy-racer looks that wouldn't look out of place in a Fast and Furious movie. It does an excellent impression of a standard Civic in both feel and performance. There are also large, clearly labeled climate control knobs on the center stack.
Much of remains, including its roof, window glass, suspension, and significant parts of its underbody structure. In hatchback models, the middle tether anchor is more difficult to locate, and other hardware could be mistaken for the anchor. You can tailor the brake feel to suit your preference for either a more conventional feel or more of a one-pedal driving experience in this instance, the car would start to slow down with the regenerative brakes as soon as you lift your foot from the accelerator — no brake pedal necessary. And you might not even know that's happening if you flick on the Touring's standard 450-watt, 10-speaker audio system. It still earns an 8 out of 10 on our fuel economy scale, to do any better would require a plug. There are three driving modes econ, sport and normal , and there is regenerative braking with the ability to adjust the regenerative capture on the fly with the deceleration selectors on the steering wheel.
Financial Insights If your goal is to save not only gas but dollars and cents, there is an advantage to driving an Insight relative to a Civic, even at today's low fuel prices—but it's slight. This inline-four turbo powertrain delivers good muscle throughout the rev range, with plenty of low-end torque to get you moving from a stop. Honda puts a detent, or bump, in the throttle pedal linkage at about three-quarters power to remind you to drive economically. More importantly, it promises fuel economy that's right up there with the best of its class. Beneath the mostly unique sheetmetal, the third-generation Insight is based on the current Honda Civic. The cabin looks good and features some quality materials, giving it a well-built feel. Dealers are not obliged to pass these savings to you and can keep them for additional profit.
Driving enthusiasts should have their eye on the sporty Civic Si or the track-ready Civic Type R. Automatic high beams are in the mix, too. With the demise of the Civic Hybrid and the arrival of the Clarity line of plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles, Honda has gone all in on sedan-based alternative-fueled models. The exact date when the new model will be premiere to the audience is still a secret. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. Most trims share the same features, but some feature availability varies by body style.
Depending on trim and body style, a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. The bottom line on the 2019 Insight is that the hybrid technology, telematics, and nicer cockpit justify the upcharge over the stock Civic. But it still would benefit from a tuning knob and the menus could improve. Though all Civic models now come with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies, you'll likely want to skip the base model because it lacks a modern touch-screen infotainment system. I love the placement of this larger display, which sort of blends the modern popped-out tablet look with a low placement on the dashboard that's easy to reach while driving. It gets a 7 out of 10.
For 2019, Honda also upgraded the exterior design, debuted a new Sport trim, and added a much-needed physical volume knob to accompany the touch-screen interface. The Honda Civic comes in three body styles — sedan, coupe, and hatchback — and four or five trim levels. True to its roots, Honda's little hybrid is still a little weird. But the Insight appears to have some of the necessary features to challenge the Hyundai, Kia, and especially Toyota, at least on the mileage front. Jump up one trim level to the Civic Sport to get a touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as other convenience features like proximity key entry, push-button start, and remote start. System operation affected by extreme interior heat.
The Insight hybrid is back, looks more premium than ever, and is promising a heady 50-plus miles per gallon. The standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. It's a fine car for fine people who are just doing fine. For 2019, Honda added a traditional physical volume knob to the dashboard. That may be disappointing to some seasoned green-car shoppers. I just left the Insight in its Normal drive mode and drove it like a normal car and good fuel economy just sort of happened -- no tricks or hypermiling necessary. These include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.