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Honda Insight, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#160 of 237 Insight2 longivity
Jul 28, 2009 (6:29 pm)
I also bought an insight in May 09 and now I'm concerned. I recently read many prius web sites and message boards and one article stood out that alarmed me. One car buff went to Japan to get reviews on hybrids and he met up with a honda executive and they discussed both hybrids. He said it appears Honda got blind sided by the prius msrp reduction, and the advanced hybrid technology, like no belt driven accessories and all disc brakes, plus many other features. He said the latest rumor is that Honda is accellerating the design and early production of the Fit hybrid (60mpg), by the fall of 2010. Also, they are selling Insights at a loss and as a result he feels that the insight2 production will be discontinued in late 2010. The latest consumer report says that their review of the insight is the most disappointing that C.R. has tested in a long time. Prius is selling 6 times more than the insight. Honda predicted they would sell 100K units in US sales, but now at current pace only 24K units may be sold. Our local dealer quit advertising insights in sunday paper. Sorry for the bad news.
#161 of 237 Re: Insight2 longivity [franko1]
Jul 29, 2009 (6:48 am)
Who is that car buff? This posting is that of a Toyota fanatic to scare people away
from the Insight. Honda will not let go at the Insight for a long while.The posting you read is a fake . Do not worry about it. I had to get rid of a Prius 2008 because it would not travel on Icy roads (the prolem is the same on the Prius 2010 and I am now buying and Insight because it has what is need for the Winter).
#162 of 237 Insight dumped???
Jul 30, 2009 (5:25 am)
I doubt Honda will dump the Insight. Funny how it was driven by "expert" auto journalists and they raved about the car and now it is crap. Maybe these "expert" journalists should be fired. I own an Insight. Yes, it is underpowered. No question. However, it is giving me 44-46 mpg. That is why I bought it. People don't realize what 44-46 mpg is. My old Mazda6 got 22-23 mpg. I am putting in HALF the gas now. I got the extended warranty for 8 years/120 miles for $1k. Therefore, I don't worry about "hybrid" repairs. The Insight is a commuter car not a racecar. It is not dead in the water with me.
P.S.: The car only has 2,000 miles on it. I expect the mileage to improve after I get 3,000-5,000 miles on it.
#163 of 237 Re: I'll stick with the Ford Fusion Hybrid, thank you [rookie60]
Jul 30, 2009 (5:47 am)
Loved that PS...great SOH.
BTW, I have to ask you...a Prius gets even better MPG, and costs just a little bit more if your Insight is the EX.(Who would get one without cruise control?)...so why the Honda over the proven excellence of the Prius?
#164 of 237 Re: I'll stick with the Ford Fusion Hybrid, thank you [mickeyrom]
Jul 30, 2009 (6:02 am)
Love the Prius looks. Great car. Almost bought one. However, the killer was the dash. Stupid speedo. IMHO.
#167 of 237 Love our Pearl Red Insight!
Jul 30, 2009 (1:14 pm)
Yes - we love our new red Honda Insight. Very positive comments from people while parking. 44mpg after 700 suburban mles. Did 50mpg on I95 while cruising at 72 mph. Saving $800 a year (mileage and reg gas) over old BMW 325i.
It's fun reading the Prius People rant on our Insight blog Guess they have to knock the competition for the extra $4k.
#168 of 237 The Insight - Better than I thought
Aug 03, 2009 (6:18 pm)
I left a deposit on an Insight without doing much research other than figuring out what I wanted to pay. Once I got home, I read all the online reports bashing the car, and developed a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. But I decided to go thru with the deal because the price was right. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised once I picked up the car. Having owned the Insight for a while, I'm happy I bought it, and here's why:
While it doesn't have blazing acceleration, the car accelerates more than adequately and can cruise at 70-80mph. Firm ride but not uncomfortable. Unlike what I read, the car isn't noisy. Decent MPG so far (40's in town; 50 on the highway). Handles better than what i drove before. And it didn't cost over $22K for the EX. The only complaint I read about that I found valid? Poor visibility out the rear window.
So there's a moral to the story: Don't believe everything you read.
#169 of 237 Re: The Insight - Better than I thought [njinsight]
Aug 03, 2009 (6:32 pm)
I'm glad for you. I don't believe everything I read either!
The only two things I's add to the EX, speaking for myself, is an aftermarket power sunroof and a powered subwoofer for the audio system.
I don't think that the current Insight is a loser machine, as some would lead anyone to believe. No way!