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The 2013 Honda Insight may attract buyers with good fuel economy and a low price, but reviewers say that the Toyota Prius c offers more standard features and better gas mileage.
Similar to competing small hybrid cars, the 2013 Honda Insight offers a winning combination of above average safety and reliability scores, as well as good gas mileage for the class. The 2013 Insight is powered by a four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Most reviewers agree that this powertrain helps the Insight get good fuel economy, but some also write that the Insight is one of the slower cars in the class. One test driver writes that the Insight's fuel-saving stop/start system makes the car shudder more than it should when the engine kicks on or off, and another writes that when the engine comes back to life, the transmission takes a second to reengage. The EPA reports that the Insight gets 41/44 mpg city/highway, which is respectable for a hybrid car. Still, the Insight’s main rival, the Toyota Prius c, uses significantly less fuel. Despite these concerns, some members of the automotive press praise the 2013 Insight for its composed handling. However, many test drivers also say that the Insight’s ride quality can be harsh and unrefined.
Critics are impressed by the Insight’s dash layout, which includes gauges that turn green when you drive in a fuel-efficient manner, but they’re also let down by its interior materials. They note that some plastics could be higher-quality, and that features like a center armrest aren’t available on the base model. The Insight’s seats could also use improvement, as reviewers say that the back seat is especially short on legroom. While the front seats are more spacious, some critics write the seat cushions don’t offer enough support to be comfortable on long trips. Cargo space is good however, and reviewers note that the Insight’s hatchback design and split-folding rear seats offer more utility than most hybrid cars. The Insight is also priced less than most hybrids, but it doesn’t come with many standard features. The base model comes with automatic climate control and a two-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, while available features consist of Bluetooth, a navigation system with backup camera and two upgraded stereo systems that include a USB port.
The Toyota Prius c is roughly the same price as the Insight, and it delivers significantly better fuel economy. The Prius c also comes with more standard features, including Bluetooth and a USB port.
The Volkswagen Golf has a high-quality interior and a spacious back seat that reviewers love. Although it isn’t available as a hybrid, an optional clean diesel engine helps the Golf earn great fuel economy estimates.
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The 2013 Honda Insight seats five and has front-wheel drive. All models are powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Three trims are available: base, LX and EX. Each trim adds to the Insight’s list of interior features. The Insight received some updates last year and rolls into 2013 unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012, as well as the current model year.
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