2014 Honda Insight

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

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2014 Honda Insight

New For 2014

The 2014 Honda Insight carries over. A new model is expected for 2015.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Honda Insight is hawked as "the hybrid for everybody." Its reasonable starting price -- less than $20,000 -- makes it accessible for nearly everybody, but that doesn't mean it's appropriate for everybody. Yes, the Insight is fuel-efficient, affordable, and even cute. It has a lot of hybrid gizmos and interfaces for green-car enthusiasts, allowing the driver to wring out maximum fuel economy. But there's no getting around it: the Insight is slow. There's definitely a place in the market for a cut-rate hybrid, it's just that it won't appeal to everyone.


The 2014 Honda Insight is a back-to-basics hybrid. It runs a 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder making 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Yes, you read that correctly. In 2013, there is a car that putters along with just 98 hp. The hybrid element comes from a 10-kilowatt electric motor powered by nickel-metal hydride batteries. The only gearbox is a CVT, offered with paddle shifters on the sportier EX trim. While all of this sounds sedate, the payoff comes at the pump: the EPA rates the Insight hybrid at 41 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 Honda Insight is accessible for casual green-car fans, but it has several features that make it appealing for true environmentalists. The Eco Assist function lets the driver monitor fuel economy, showing an ambient color on the speedometer to gauge the efficiency of your driving. It also gives you a score after each driving stint, with information about braking and acceleration. Drivers can switch into an Econ mode -- which modifies the throttle, transmission, and air-conditioning -- at the push of a button. In a hybrid, features like this are informative and useful in the same manner that specialized gauges in a sports car help the hot-shoe improve his or her lap times.

The 2014 Honda Insight seats five, though it looks and drives like a small car, which has counted against it in the minds of some American consumers. While fuel economy is impressive, larger cars on the market get comparable figures.

You'll like:

  • Pricing
  • Fuel economy
  • EcoAssist mode

You won't like:

  • Looks and drives very small
  • Underpowered
  • Wind noise

Key Competitors

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius
2014 Honda Insight Front Three Quarters
Update: Honda confirmed today that production of the Insight will end in summer 2014. However, the Honda Insight will continue to be sold at dealerships nationwide until supplies run out. "Our hybrid vehicle strategy will focus on new models aimed at delivering the class-leading fuel economy and performance our customers desire in segments that represent significant growth opportunities," American Honda senior vice president Mike Accavitti said in a statement.
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In the past few years, 40 miles per gallon has emerged as the definitive benchmark number for fuel efficiency. Almost every mainstream small car hits this mark, and even some larger midsize sedans are reaching 40 mpg these days. But you don’t have to spend big to save big at the pump. We set out to find the cheapest cars for sale that achieve 40 mpg in EPA testing (which measures highway, city, and combined driving), and were surprised to find exactly ten 40-mpg cars that cost under $20,000. It’s worth noting that many of the cars below require a special powertrain combination or fuel economy package to hit 40 mpg, but each listed price includes destination charges and represents the exact configuration needed to achieve 40 mpg.

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Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4
41 MPG City | 44 MPG Hwy
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2014 Honda Insight Specifications

Quick Glance:
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)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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