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Honda Insight, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#87 of 237 My Insight came today and my Fit left.
Mar 27, 2009 (5:47 pm)
I traded in my 2009 Honda Fit Sport w/Navi on a 2010 Insight, it arrived today. It's been pouring for 3 days here in western NC but I had to take a little drive in the Insight. I loved my Fit, I hope I love the Insight. The Fit was getting 34 m.p.g. and the Insight shows 39.5 m.p.g. after being driven from SC on major highways to be delivered. I expected higher m.p.g. on the Insight to be honest but like everything I have to say, no hasty judgments. The Insight hasn't been with me even 24 hours. The Insight is (to me) a nicer looking vehicle than the Fit which I thought was fine looking. No audio controls on the steering wheel on the Insight EX as there were on the Fit and I already miss that. The Fit had no bad manners, handled well, and was fairly zippy. The Insight is sluggish (w/ECON on), the engine seems to "tremble" a bit when stopped at a light (seems like it's going to stall), the steering is "sloppier" than the Fit's excellent feeling steering, and stopping with regenerative braking is, to be honest, weird. More later as I get used to the Insight. My brother emailed me tonight that Fits are selling for dealer cost. If the Insight moves into the 45 to 55 m.p.g. range I believe I'll love it; if not I'm going to miss the Fit with its "magic seats", handling, peppiness, and stereo steering wheel controls. Even though I'm 63 I'll NEVER buy another vehicle that won't accept/play mp3s from a thumbnail device.
#88 of 237 Re: My Insight came today and my Fit left. [dweiser]
Mar 27, 2009 (6:34 pm)
With most Hybrids you get lower mpg in the break-in period. So that should improve. Pity they don't have audio control buttons on steering wheel with the EX without Navi (in Europe they do). I can definitely see that it takes some time getting used to a Hybrid coming from the non-Hybrid Fit. Imagine previous gen Hybrids had even less road feel (e.g. Prius I...). I had no trouble getting used to drive Civic Hybrid.
According to the manual it should play MP3/WMA/AAC from USB (EX). Do you have an LX? In that case I guess you have to resort using data CD (which can play both MP3/WMA). Or there's also an auxiliary input jack that might be an option.
#89 of 237 Both the Fit and the Insight play MP3s lucien4
Mar 28, 2009 (2:15 am)
I see my last sentence was confusing. I can listen to my MP#s with my Sandisk thumb USB device plugged in. I could in my Fit Sport and I can in my Insight EX. I wasn't very clear about that. I should have said something like, I have enjoyed listening to my MP3s (with the random selection - like shuffle on an iPOD) so much in the Fit & the Insight that I'll never own another vehicle (in the future) that doesn't have that functionality. I owned a $100,000 Porsche 911 C4 not long ago and it didn't play MP3s AND the Random playback had to be RE-SET every time the car was started! Give me a break!! I joked my $15,000 Honda Element had a more sophisticated audio than my $100,000 Porsche! Sorry for being so long-winded.
#90 of 237 Re: Both the Fit and the Insight play MP3s lucien4 [dweiser]
Mar 28, 2009 (7:56 am)
Ah got it. Thanks for the review by the way:-). Keep us updated on the mileage.
So far I've heard from someone else he got 52mpg on the highway on his test drive but real-world conditions can vary and the average mpg can be quite different.
#91 of 237 Re: My Insight came today and my Fit left. [dweiser]
Mar 28, 2009 (10:34 am)
Thanks for the update. Pretty amazing that there is finally a Hybrid for the masses. Hopefully they will sell a ton.
#92 of 237 Outrageous price they're asking
Mar 28, 2009 (9:21 pm)
I test drove one today in SoCal (Miller Honda on Van Nuys). Nice car. Pretty zippy to drive. Loads of room in the front. A bit cramped in back. The materials are slightly cheap inside. The look outside is great. Very sleek.
The only problem was the price... they were asking $3,500 above MSRP. The sales guy said it was a premium because they'd only gotten five and already sold 3. He didn't expect the premium to decrease any time soon.
His boss confirmed their strategy of raising the price although he said maybe they could lower it "a little bit." He said the Priuses also were selling for above MSRP as a point of comparison.
I was kinda turned off at that point. I see that carsdirect.com also quotes the sticker price. $3.5K premium? That's over 15% of the car.
Another potential buyer who was also looking had the exact same reaction.
#93 of 237 Re: Outrageous price they're asking [bmoore1]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 29, 2009 (6:05 am)
The Prius isn't selling above MSRP... Heck, Toyota even has a $1000 rebate on it!
New models in short supply always go for a premium.... If you have to be the first one on the block, then you'll pay that premium...
I'd rather wait 6 months and pay $4000 less, personally..
#94 of 237 Don't pay a premium
Mar 29, 2009 (6:41 am)
Go to Honda's web site and do a dealer locate with 100 or so miles. Email each of them telling them what you want (color, model, etc.) and ask them to email you their best price. That's how to shop vehicles today. and get your best price. If they won't play ball, expand your search. Host is right, on a new car with limited supply, they can and do ask a premium BUT with this economy, they should be happy just to sell you a vehicle. In my search for my Insight (delivered Friday) one candid salesperson confessed it was almost the end of the month and she'd sold just one Honda!
#96 of 237 Re: Link to some pics I took today [dweiser]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Mar 30, 2009 (3:11 am)
An easy place to post your pictures is on your CarSpace page albums. If you haven't set up your CarSpace page yet, it's really easy. Just click on the My CarSpace link near the top left of this page.
If you have any questions about setting it up, just click on my username and send me an email and I'll be glad to help you out.