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#202 of 237 With a few more thousand miles on the odometer...
Oct 12, 2009 (6:11 am)
Now that I've had the 2010 Honda Insight for a few more months and a couple of thousand miles additional on the odometer, here are my observations; most contradict virtually everything I've read in magazines or on the web:
What the reviews had right: one thing only...the acceleration. Yes, the car accelerates slowly, but it's a hybrid, what do you expect. Having taken the car on several long trips (Jersey shore, NC shore), power is still adequate to reach cruising speed safety and adequately. No turbocharged engine under the hood though.
Where the reviews are wrong:
Economy: car gets 44 mpg in city traffic, 50mpg at 70 mph cruise, and 62 mpg at 45-50 mph (highest mileage yet, and no "hypermiling", just normal driving). Maybe not Pruis-level, but I'm happy, even surprised. The auto-stop function took a bit getting used to, but having the car for a while, I only think about the gas not being wasted.
Comfort: At first, seats seemed uncomfortable, but with two long trips concluded (including a 1000 mile round-trip, no backaches here. Room plenty for me and wife and lots of stuff. I don't understand what reviewers were complaining about when it comes to road noise. Yes, there are probably lots of cars with less, but it's not an issue unless you're looking for something to complain about.
Quality: Yes, material quality is on economy level but I could see that in showroom. On the other hand, this is the first car I've owned since my 1979 Toyota that I didn't have to bring back to the dealer within the first few months of ownership due to minor or major problems. My previous cars, all assembled in Europe, put me on a first-name basis with the service manager.
Handling: Firm but not jarring. Maybe more rubber on the road would improve cornering but that will probably reduce mpg's.
The perfect car? No, not until they put in a turbocharged engine capable of 0-60 times of 5 seconds while getting 100 mpg, and with interior of wood inlays, leather seats, and thick carpeting, all for $22K.
But I'll keep it for a while.
#203 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [njinsight]
Oct 12, 2009 (9:54 am)
I now have 6,000+ miles on my Insight. I agree with almost everything. However, I just got back from a 2,000+ trip from Minnesota to Arkansas. I wish I could get your mileage. I get 42-46 in normal city/highway driving. I did get 50mpg twice. Both on 50-60 mile per hour cruises. On my trip to Arkansas, cruising at 70-75, I got 41-42mpg. The car cruises nice at 75mph but strains. It does need a bit more power. At 75mph I would average about 39-40mpg. The car is surprisingly very quiet. Hardly any road noise. Great car around town.
#204 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [njinsight]
Oct 18, 2009 (3:49 am)
Thank you for your review!Nice details with different driving modes.
I have a Ford Focus with 97K and,on one hand I want my Focus to"live" for another 2 years (I get 34 mpg with it, mostly highway driving), but on the other hand, I want it to go, so I can visit a Honda dealer and get an Insight.
I've been reviewing everyone's input and it seems a good hybrid without a sticker shock! I am not interested in a performance car and, with the gasoline price will go up with the crude oil price going up and the dollar going down in the world currency market.
#205 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [dnatech]
Oct 18, 2009 (4:56 am)
The Insight with cruise is only a couple of hundred less than a base Prius. The overall quality of the Prius is much better.Check it out.
#206 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [mickeyrom]
Oct 24, 2009 (3:07 am)
Well, I live in New England & I read that the Prius can be trouble with icy road and its lack of disengaging "automatic traction control"(not sure of technical term here).
The other thing is that I want a dash display in front of me and not in the middle of the console.
Correct me if I am wrong on either point.
#207 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [dnatech]
Oct 26, 2009 (5:39 am)
proper ice+snow tires can solve the traction problem for prius in winter, for most cases.
but if there's no way to disengage traction control, that's a blocker problem for new england winter driving, as far as I understand. When stuck on certain kinds of snow/ice conditions, the only way to get the car moving is to rock the car back and forth, intentionally spinning the wheels- with traction control OFF .
#208 of 237 Re: With a few more thousand miles on the odometer... [dnatech]
Oct 26, 2009 (6:45 am)
I liked the looks of the Prius.Beautiful futuristic body style. They sell more hybrids than all the others combined. The Insight handles better than the Prius. Seems more like a real car. Prius gets better mileage. However, the biggest kicker and deal-breaker for me was that dash display in the middle. I think it is ridiculous that they put it in the middle. I would never buy a car with a dash like that. I hate that dash. That's just my personal opinion. Obviously, I am in the minority because they sure have sold a lot of Prius'.
Nov 04, 2009 (6:56 pm)
eWas all set to buy the new Prius. Sat in the driver's seat and realized I could not read the center positioned instruments. What a disppointment! Did not buy. Am now looking at the Insight. Who knows?
#210 of 237 Insight more visible on the Net!
Nov 14, 2009 (11:44 am)
Finally starting to see more of Insights in New England and the car is mentioned more often on the internet in comparison with other cars.
I guess people only think of the Prius which is so common.
Glad to read I am not the only one who cannot comprehend why the display is in the middle of dashboard in the Prius?
#211 of 237 Re: Insight more visible on the Net! [dnatech]
Nov 14, 2009 (12:10 pm)
It's not just it's location that I don't like.It's too damned small,and unless you have perfect vision almost impossible to see clearly.