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Honda Insight, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#73 of 237 Insight vs Fit
Mar 26, 2009 (12:48 pm)
I suspect that there will be many Honda fans who are looking for a small, economical Honda Hatch that will be torn between the 2010 Insight and the 2009 Fit. At least that description fits me & I am hope to purchase one of these two cars in the next year. There may even be a few Fit owners who dump their Fit for the "greener" Insight. How about a separate topic for "Fit vs Insight" where the above folks can post their findings, observations, & comments? Thanks!
#74 of 237 Re: Insight vs Fit [204meca]
Mar 26, 2009 (1:21 pm)
Interesting thought. I considered both the Fit and the Insight. If I had already bought a Fit, I would not change. Both are hatchbacks. Both have room. I personally like the looks of the Insight better than the Fit. I also prefer the dash in the Insight although I know a lot of people do not care for the speedo on top. I do. It would take 5-6 years to recoup gas savings so that is not much of a concern. I do like the idea of great mileage on the Insight. I also like the style of the Insight. The Fit is a bit "frumpy" for me. Performance is about the same. Longer wheelbase in the Insight may allow it to ride better. My ordered Insight will arrive in June. I have a friend who has a Fit. We will see.
#75 of 237 I drove an Insight this afternoon!
Mar 26, 2009 (6:14 pm)
I know most people won't think it's a big deal, but I had the first testdrive at Dix Honda in State College, PA. We were stopping to drive a used 2009 Corolla and used 2007 Civic. I wasn't expecting to see the car until Earth Day, but the Insight arrived there today and had only been driven by the mechanic that gave it a state inspection. It was raining unfortunately, so we didn't get a chance to really go over the car, but my wife and I drove it about 5 miles each. I wish I could say I love the car, because I was really looking forward to driving it. Most people will say it rides fine, and it is ok, but I thought it was not nearly as nice a ride as the Corolla or Civic. I'm used to driving small cars, so acceleration isn't that big a deal to me. The one thing I really did not like was trying to look out the back hatch window. There is some kind of bar across the middle that really hinders your view, and because of the slope it is really hard to see.
Sorry to say, even though we had been considering the Insight as our next vehicle, for the money, it makes more sense to buy a year old Corolla. If the money was even, I'd prefer the Civic, but Corolla's are dirt cheap right now - not exactly sure why.
#76 of 237 I get my Insight tomorrow (3/27)
Mar 26, 2009 (6:37 pm)
I hope this helps with the Fit vs. Insight thread. I have an 09 Fit Sport, auto, w/Navi (Navi only for the stability control), with 990 miles that I will trade in on the Insight tomorrow. I've owned the Fit since 10/01/08 and I really like it. I get around 34 m.p.g. with the Fit on short trips here in the mountains of western North Carolina. I hope I like the Insight as much as I've enjoyed the Fit. I'll post again with my impressions and m.p.g. from the Insight after I drive it for a week or so.
#77 of 237 Re: I get my Insight tomorrow (3/27) [dweiser]
Mar 26, 2009 (8:48 pm)
Donald: Congratulations on two new cars in the less than 6 months! With only 990 miles on your Fit, I would guess that the Insight was on your radar before you bought the Fit & you indicate you really like the Fit. I am curious why you are so quick to dump it for the Insight. I will be very interested in hearing your comparisons, especially after you have 900 miles on the Insight
#78 of 237 Re: I drove an Insight this afternoon! [jkenn49]
Mar 27, 2009 (7:37 am)
Yeah, Toyota has some great incetives on 2009s right now.
How did the insight look? Tiny? Stylish? Was it an LX or a EX?
#79 of 237 Re: I drove an Insight this afternoon! [dbostondriver]
Mar 27, 2009 (7:52 am)
Note I collected most info on Insight 2010 in my blog here:
It also includes pdf link to US Insight manual. Honda's Insght site is up as well now where you can see all colors.
The lease offer for $229 seems pretty good deal although not sure if every dealer will offer it (since it says that in the fine print that there's a cost reduction by dealer participation).
Do people have to wait and order it? I thought most dealers get relatively big inventory unless those are already completely presold.
#80 of 237 Re: I drove an Insight this afternoon! [dbostondriver]
Mar 27, 2009 (8:34 am)
The Insight looked very stylish and did not seem small inside or outside, but the rear leg room was not nearly as much as a lot of other small cars. We drove the EX - I believe sticker was $21,800. Considering you can buy a 2009 Corolla LE with less than 20k miles for under $14k, and a low-mileage 2008 Prius for close to $18,500, I would have a tough time justifying the additional cost. I understand there are people that would always prefer a Honda to Toyota and that's fine, but $8,000 is a lot of money for me. It's going to come down to personal preference.
#81 of 237 Re: I drove an Insight this afternoon! [jkenn49]
Mar 27, 2009 (9:03 am)
I got to go see one. It definitely has a premium and the used Corolla seems like a better deal. Does it look better in any color than blue? Also do the wheels look cheap?
#82 of 237 Re: I drove an Insight this afternoon! [dbostondriver]
Mar 27, 2009 (12:42 pm)
I drove the Insight last Monday. Nice car. Plenty of front seat leg room. Rear is a little cramped. I am 5' 9" and my head almost touched the roof in the back. A 6' person would hit their head in back. Car was extremely comfortable in front. I am surprised how comfortable it was to drive. A couple of different dealers told me they would only get about 5-9 cars per month for the first 6 months or so. They have waiting list of 40-50 people so don't expect to go down to the dealer today to pick one up. If you want one, go to the dealer and get on a list. You can get $5,000 off on an Odessy. Nothing off on a Fit or an Insight. I like the USB port to hook up my ipod. Nice feature. Car was semi-quiet. Slight buzzing of the engine. Not objectionable. Tons of high tech settings to look over. A tech nerds dream for setting up displays. You don't have to but the options are there. Price is reasonable. I expect resale in 4-6 years will be excellent.