2013 Honda Insight

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

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2013 Honda Insight
2013 Honda Insight

New For 2013

The Insight is unchanged for 2013 after receiving a refresh for 2012.


Toyota might have aimed for its diminutive Prius c hatchback to be the least expensive hybrid vehicle sold in the United States, but that title once again goes to the Honda Insight. It rings in at an impressive $19,290 this year, about $400 less than the much smaller Prius c and thousands less than the Civic Hybrid. There’s a reason for the Insight’s lower purchase price. It uses the old (but no less powerful) hybrid system, with a nickel-metal-hydride battery to store energy (the Civic Hybrid now uses lithium-ion) and a 1.3-liter in-line four to the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5-liter engine. Fuel economy, at 41/44 mpg city/highway, nearly matches the Civic Hybrid’s but doesn’t reach Prius or Ford Fusion levels. Inside, the cabin is an appealing mixture of Civic, Fit, and first-generation Insight, with effective ergonomics, intuitive controls, and lots of nooks and crannies for storage. The exterior design, which was slightly changed for the 2012 model year, continues for 2013 and keeps the car’s futuristic look and shape. All in all, the Insight brings a simple, price-minded attitude to a crowded market, and it should appeal to buyers who’ve been intrigued by hybrids but didn’t think it made economic sense to purchase one—until now.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags are available, as are ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

You'll like:

  • Good gas mileage
  • High value for the dollar
  • Familiar Honda interior

You won't like:

  • Wind and road noise
  • Mediocre ride quality

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda Insight

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius
2014 Honda Insight Front Three Quarters 2
The Honda Insight may not be the most fuel-efficient hybrid in the U.S., but for 2014 it remains the cheapest with its $19,515 starting price, including destination. Despite receiving no changes this year, the Insight does receive a $125 price hike for 2014 across all trim levels, which include Base, LX, EX, and EX with Navigation.
2012 Honda Insight Rear Three Quarter
When Honda launched the first Insight in 1999, the idea of a hybrid car for the mass market was still in its infancy. Since then, Toyota has sold over four million Priuses around the world, and nearly every other major automaker has built its own hybrid car. Some of them are unique models, like the Prius and Chevrolet Volt, while others are adaptations of existing non-hybrid models, like the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima.

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2013 Honda Insight
2013 Honda Insight
Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4
41 MPG City | 44 MPG Hwy
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Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4
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2013 Honda Insight Specifications

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1.3L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
41 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
44 MPG
98 hp @ 5800rpm
123 ft lb of torque @ 1000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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