The Honda Insight is the most affordable hybrid car with a starting price of $19,800. The eco-friendly vehicle has a 40/43 mile per gallon rating with revolutionary technology which enhances fuel efficiency.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc originally launched its new 2010 Insight last month and has still the most affordable hybrid option for buyers. The starting price is $19,800 and delivers up to 43 miles per gallon. The eco-friendly vehicle is powered by an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system comprised of a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor.
“The all-new Honda Insight brings the cost of entry for hybrid technology within closer reach of an entirely new car-shopping audience,” Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda, said in a statement. “In addition to making good environmental sense, hybrid technology is now entering a new era where it can also make financial sense for a broader range of customers.”
The Insight has style and can seat five passengers. It has adopted design elements from the original 2000 Insight’s highly aerodynamic side profile with a front-end design similar to the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity, a marquee environmental product for Honda. The interior offers a roomy passenger environment with a configurable rear seating and cargo area that benefits from 60/40 split fold-down seats.
Standard features include front-side and side-curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Insight has automatic climate control, tilt and telescope steering column, and power windows. The sound system is a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with CD player and auxiliary audio input for external digital MP3 music players.
Honda Insight Premium Edition
Hybrid buyers can also upgrade to the Insight EX which has a starting price of $21,300. Some of the added features include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It also includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System4 (6.5-inch screen) with voice recognition for routing and guidance to 7 million points of interest.
The EX is also equipped with a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for hands-free operation of compatible mobile telephones. It offers related steering wheel-mounted controls for voice activation of navigation and hands-free telephone systems. The hybrid vehicle can operate exclusively on electric power in certain low-to-mid-speed cruising conditions.