New Honda Insight Hybrid Car - 2007
The new Honda Insight is the two seated hybrid vehicle by Honda. It has been the leader in gas mileage since introduced in 2000. The Insight is unlike anything else on the road today.
The Insight's aerodynamic shape.. the use of aluminum construction, and the compact design, all contribute to its tremendous fuel efficiency. As the average US vehicle has the EPA mileage of only 20.9 miles per gallon, the Insight’s estimates are of 57 city and 56 highway for the automatic transmission and 60/65 for the manual
The Insight is powered by a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder aluminum engine with an electric motor mated to it for additional assist when needed. Together the two produce just over 70 horsepower, but this is certainly peppy enough, given the low curb weight of just under 2000 lbs. Two transmission choices are available: Honda’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), or the 5 speed manual transmission.
Like most hybrids, the Honda Insight also uses regenerative braking.
The Department of Energy's Fuel Economy Guide for 2005 named the Honda Insight as the most fuel-efficient in America, once again - something the car has done since its introduction in 1999.
The Honda Insight hybrid is loved by its owners. If you are interested in an Insight hybrid, you will probably have to have it special ordered by a Honda dealer.