2013 Honda Insight Hybrid Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $19k
  • 1.3L Hybrid
  • 41 city 44 hwy
9.5 Out of 10
The engine itself, with but two valves per cylinder, is relatively low tech, but everything else is appropriately high tech.1.3-liter inline-4 (plus 10-kilowatt, 13-horsepower electric motor)98 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm123 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-1,700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 41/44 mpg.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The grille and headlight treatments that include cool blue lighting were instituted in last year's facelift, and they still look good.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Honda Insight Hybrid


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Prius Five
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Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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46 MPG
Versa 1.6 S
32 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the Honda Insight Hybrid

The top of the 2013 range is the Insight EX, which adds paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, heated side mirrors with turn signals integrated into them, automatic headlights, a six-speaker stereo system and Bluetooth link, leather wrapping on the steering wheel and shift knob, and alloy wheels.

Even though the Insight uses a continuously variable automatic transmission, the computer can select fixed gear ratios when using the paddle shifters.

The 2013 Honda Insight hybrid offers a sleek and modern 5-door hatchback design, intriguingly advanced powertrain technology and a sub-$20,000 price tag.


7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


More intrusive than engine noise is the idle stop/start feature that shuts off the engine at complete stops to save gas.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The one exception is spirited driving, when drivers and passengers will find that demanding maximum power from the engine makes it remarkably raucous, with a loud howl when the throttle is mashed.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
The electric motor seamlessly assists the gasoline engine when passing or climbing hills.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


Instead, the motor provides added torque to supplement the gas engine when more power is needed under heavy loads.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
The sensation mirrors a non-hybrid car when you turn the engine off and on — and it shouldn't.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
This hybrid powertrain uses a 1.3-liter SOHC 4-cylinder gasoline engine – boasting i-VTEC variable valve timing – in combination with a 10-kilowatt (13-horsepower) electric motor.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


And the Insight's handling is as good-largely better than-that of the larger Prius.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
I could do without the paddle shifters included on the Insight EX's steering wheel.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)
The ride quality is good under most circumstances, despite a short wheelbase, and it's mostly quiet inside.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)


That combination gives the Insight plenty of torque for eager acceleration from stoplights, along with adequate power for passing, especially at lower speeds.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
The 1.3-liter engine and 10-kilowatt (14-hp) motor together put out 98 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
The 2013 Honda Insight is far from the roomiest subcompact hatchback on the market, handicapped by a body shaped for minimum aerodynamic drag and the need to house a high-voltage battery pack under the rear load bay.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)


The base model carries a decent level of standard equipment for a subcompact, though it's missing some features-cruise control, for instance-found on larger $20,000 cars.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
The 2013 Honda Insight base model is priced at $18,500, and includes automatic climate control, remote entry, power windows, and an audio system with two speakers.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2012)
You can see a full list of standard safety features here.
by cars.com (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Honda
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 434 miles
Highway range 466 miles
MSRP $19k
Annual cost $5,007

Manufacturing Emissions

Energy per car made 1,916 kWh/vehicle

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.3L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 2 speakers
Wattage 160 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $340
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 95 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads Yes
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes

power & handling

Max torque 123 ft-lb @ 1,000 RPM
Max HP 98 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 28.03 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 10.31 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 7.91 in Drum
Front wheel width 185 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 66.7 in
Front track width 58.3 in
Height 56.2 in
Length 172.3 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in
Curb weight 2,747 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 50 ft³
Rear seat room 35 ft³
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