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Sitting size-wise between the smaller Honda Civic and the bigger Honda Accord, the 2021 Honda Insight is a 'middle sibling' that should not be overlooked. With its excellent fuel economy, swift acceleration by hybrid standards, and classy and spacious interior, the 2021 Insight is getting a lot of attention for the hybrid segment.
But what makes this vehicle so special? Will the gasoline engine's roaring be a put-off? Let's take a deeper look at the 2021 Honda Insight. Read through to the end of this review in order to learn what is new for 2021, which styles and trims are available, how the Insight drives, and what kind of fuel economy it gets.
What's New For 2021?
A few alterations have been made to the new 2021 line-up. Blind spot monitoring with a cross-traffic monitor now comes standard on the higher trim levels (the EX and Touring, to be more precise). Also, the Touring now receives standard dual-zone climate control, built-in navigation, and leather seats - just to name a few things.
The 2021 Honda Insight comes only as a four-door sedan with a hybrid powertrain equipped. In terms of its size, the Insight fits right between the Civic and the Accord.
There are three trim levels available on the 2021 Honda Insight: the base LX, mid-level EX, and the line-topping Touring. The Honda Sensing suite (which bundles driver aids) comes standard on every trim level this year while the two higher trim levels get rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot monitoring system added onto that. These two features were not even available on the 2020 line-up at all, so it is nice to see them added to the EX and Touring trim levels this model year.
The 2021 Honda Insight is power by a 1.5-L 4-cylinder engine that sends power to the vehicle's two front wheels. Paired with the hybrid motor and battery, this vehicle gets a combined 151 hp. For being a hybrid, it gets up to speed rather quickly in about 8.1 seconds. On top of that, the steering provides a good amount of feedback and responds quickly to the driver's commands. Drivers can quickly change directions while still feeling secure.
The regenerative brakes are solid, coming to a panic stop from 60 mph in a respectable 123 feet. The brakes are easy to modulate, and you will always know how they are going to perform in a given situation. However, during a hard press on the brake, you might notice that the brakes feel just a bit panicky. Also, the regenerative brakes will reset themselves while Normal mode is engaged.
The interior remains comfortable and is quite spacious for a vehicle in this segment. Large bumps in the road do not always get smoothed out, but small to mid-size bumps do. The gasoline-powered engine does get fussy at highway speeds, so you will hear that noise coming into the cabin. Everything else is pretty well muted though.
The design is functional with plenty of physical controls set up the dash and digital ones on the touchscreen interface that are clearly labeled and placed for easy access. You also get a nice view out of the front and a fair amount of cargo space (15 cubic feet when all seats are left in place).
The biggest selling point to the 2021 Honda Insight is, of course, its superb fuel economy. Its combined driving EPA estimate is 48-52 miles per gallon. This is basically one of the best fuel economies you can get on any car right now, period. Real-world tests show that these estimates hold up, as those tests have gotten around 50 mpg combined. Even the Prius will have a hard time competing with this.
The 2021 Honda Insight is pretty much on par with its competition in every aspect of its performance. And, in some of these elements, it bests the competition. You will be hard-pressed to find another vehicle that produces such a high fuel economy while providing a pleasant driving experience. The hybrid powertrain genuinely feels like it has a lot of power output, and the strong acceleration it gets is certainly proof of that.The cozy and spacious cabin is a real bonus, showing just how well-rounded Honda is when it comes to designing their vehicles. Everything matters, and the attention to detail inside, outside, and underneath the hood of the new 2021 Honda Insight reflects this emphasis on excellence. The Insight is destined to become one of the stronger competitors in the hybrid sedan class this year and in the foreseeable future.
Note: All Honda Insight MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.