Honda Insight Hybrid Touring 2019 review

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Third-generation, US-only Insight seeks new converts with cutting-edge hybrid drivetrain wrapped in conventional styling

The Insight name returned to Honda’s American line-up for 2019 after five years away. This Prius challenger is far more conventional in looks than either of the previous Insights, however, and has creature comforts aplenty rather than a weight-saving, stripped-down interior.Honda’s goal has been to create a “premium compact saloon”. The Insight Hybrid is being sold in the US, Canada and Japan, but there are no current plans to bring it to Europe. Stateside, it slots into the electrified range below the Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.The Insight rides on architecture from the Civic, which is the number-one-selling car in Canada and number two in the US, although both are heavily outsold by the most popular SUVs and trucks. It’s fitted with the third generation of Honda’s i-MMD multi-mode hybrid drive system – a very similar set-up to the one that impressed us in the CR-V Hybrid, but paired here with a 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder rather than the 2.0-litre motor.

Source: Autocar Online

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