The 2022 Honda Insight is the spiritual successor to the Civic hybrid. With a similar size and shape as Honda’s compact sedan but an efficient gas-electric powertrain under the hood, the Insight is like a Civic that’s quieter at low speeds and and delivers better mpg. Many of the Civic’s best aspects are present here, including a comfortable ride, a pleasant interior, and accurate steering. You’ll make a slight sacrifice in acceleration, and the Insight can get noisy when you step on it, but it’s a pleasant-looking sedan that doesn’t cost more than non-hybrid rivals and will save you money at the pump.
What’s New for 2022?
The biggest change for 2022 is that the base LX trim is no longer available. That means the lineup starts off with the better-equipped and more expensive EX, while the top Touring model is unchanged.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The EX starts at $26,205 and includes a good amount of standard equipment, so we would pass on the more expensive Touring model. The EX is also rated to deliver better fuel economy owing to its lower weight and smaller wheels.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Insight does a better job than most hybrids of balancing spry acceleration with miserly fuel economy. It’s about as quick as many conventionally powered compact cars—and way quicker than the hybrid competitors we’ve tested. Its combination of a gas engine and electric motors provides a combined 151 horsepower, which motivates the Insight from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. It can run on its electric motor alone for roughly one mile at lower speeds but request brisk acceleration and the gasoline engine will kick-in seamlessly. You might notice the engine getting loud under hard acceleration, but the Insight’s powertrain is otherwise quiet and refined. The Insight is an exceedingly pleasant vehicle to drive. It is quiet, comfortable, and refined, and it handles confidently. That’s no wonder, considering it’s in many ways mechanically similar to the Civic sedan, which shares those attributes. Although it’s not overtly sporty, the Insight has a nicely controlled ride and solid handling. Its supple suspension soaks up bumps well, and its quick steering helps it change direction responsively. The predictable and progressive brake pedal in the Insight suffers from little of the clunkiness that plagues the brakes of other hybrids. The Insight’s brakes feel just as confident as a traditional, gas-powered vehicle’s.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Honda provides two EPA ratings for the Insight: 55 mpg city and 49 highway for the lighter EX trim and 51 city and 45 highway for the Insight Touring, which is better-equipped and comes with larger wheels-and-tires. All three Insight models fall a few miles per gallon short of the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq’s EPA ratings. But the Insight Touring achieved 47 mpg on our real-world highway test, 2 mpg better than its EPA rating. Drivers who spend more time in stop-and-go driving can expect even better results; hybrids typically are more efficient in city driving conditions than on the highway. For more information about the Insight’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior’s features and finishes occupy a well-judged middle ground between bargain basement and premium. The Insight feels a bit more upscale than the closely related Civic, and it measures up well to other hybrid competitors. A customizable digital gauge in the instrument panel can display a variety of information, from fuel-economy data to speed-limit info. You sit low in the Insight’s front seats, but there’s plenty of space to stretch out. Adjustable lumbar support is missing from the driver’s seat, however, which is disappointing. The rear seats have plenty of room for two adults. The Insight’s battery pack is located under the rear seat, so it doesn’t infringe on cargo capacity at all; the rear seats still fold mostly flat to accommodate larger items. Several of the Honda’s competitors are hatchbacks—the Insight is a conventional sedan with a separate trunk—which means they can hold more stuff and their large cargo areas are easier to load. The Insight does have a very useful and configurable center console that can hold tons of personal items. There are also a few bins in the cargo area.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Honda’s infotainment system incorporates a mostly modern and usable interface—and we’re glad that it has a volume knob now—but some of the menus can get overly complicated, and a tuning knob is still missing. The standard touchscreen measures 8.0 inches and has features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and available built-in navigation.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
All Insights come with a comprehensive package of driver assists called Honda Sensing. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert come standard on EX and Touring models. For more information about the Insight’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Insight has warranty coverage that is totally average. Honda also has shorter protection periods than Hyundai and Kia.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Hybrid components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance