2013 Honda Insight Pricing, Specs & Reviews

Find Another Honda Insight
$18,600-$23,790
$17,724-$22,649
41 /CITY / 44 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What's New for 2013:

  • Honda makes no changes to the Insight for 2013

Exterior Features
The 2013 Honda Insight is offered in base, LX and EX trim levels. The Insight's aerodynamic shape is designed to help maximize fuel economy, and the car features a flat underbody as a result. The base model is equipped with power exterior mirrors, LED taillights, 15-inch wheels with plastic wheel covers, and low-rolling-resistance tires.

Interior Features
The 2012 Honda Insight is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in use and 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded.

Standard features include automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. The driver's seat offers manual height adjustment, and the Insight is equipped with a multi-information display.

Optional Features
The Honda Insight LX adds cruise control, floor mats, 4-speaker audio system with a USB port, illuminated steering wheel controls, map lights, and a center console storage box with an armrest.

The Honda Insight EX is equipped with 15-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. Bluetooth connectivity, 6-speaker sound system, dual visor vanity mirrors, glove box light, and seatback storage pockets are also included on the EX trim level. A navigation system with a reversing camera is optional on this trim.

Under the Hood
The Honda Insight is what is referred to as a \"mild hybrid\" rather than a \"full hybrid\" because it cannot operate on battery power alone. Rather, Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology pairs a 10-kilowatt electric motor with a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to generate a combined 98 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,000 and 1,500 rpm. The nickel-metal hydride battery runs the Insight's accessories when idling in traffic or coasting to a stop, and regenerative brakes recharge the battery.

To maximize fuel economy, the Insight is equipped with an Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist) and an ECON mode that modifies throttle and transmission response, climate and cruise control operation, and idle/stop duration to maximize fuel economy, Honda says. The standard multi-information display shows \"leaves\" that are earned as a reward for going easy on the gas, helping to encourage economical driving.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Insight are 41/44/42 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety
Honda equips the Insight with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Additionally, the Insight is designed to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure standards, which intend to deflect crash energy away from the interior in the event of a collision. The Insight also features a pedestrian injury mitigation front structure design.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Honda Insight. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.

What's New for 2013:

  • Honda makes no changes to the Insight for 2013

Exterior Features
The 2013 Honda Insight is offered in base, LX and EX trim levels. The Insight's aerodynamic shape is designed to help maximize fuel economy, and the car features a flat underbody as a result. The base model is equipped with power exterior mirrors, LED taillights, 15-inch wheels with plastic wheel covers, and low-rolling-resistance tires.

Interior Features
The 2012 Honda Insight is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in use and 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded.

Standard features include automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. The driver's seat offers manual height adjustment, and the Insight is equipped with a multi-information display.

Optional Features
The Honda Insight LX adds cruise control, floor mats, 4-speaker audio system with a USB port, illuminated steering wheel controls, map lights, and a center console storage box with an armrest.

The Honda Insight EX is equipped with 15-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. Bluetooth connectivity, 6-speaker sound system, dual visor vanity mirrors, glove box light, and seatback storage pockets are also included on the EX trim level. A navigation system with a reversing camera is optional on this trim.

Under the Hood
The Honda Insight is what is referred to as a \"mild hybrid\" rather than a \"full hybrid\" because it cannot operate on battery power alone. Rather, Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology pairs a 10-kilowatt electric motor with a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to generate a combined 98 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,000 and 1,500 rpm. The nickel-metal hydride battery runs the Insight's accessories when idling in traffic or coasting to a stop, and regenerative brakes recharge the battery.

To maximize fuel economy, the Insight is equipped with an Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist) and an ECON mode that modifies throttle and transmission response, climate and cruise control operation, and idle/stop duration to maximize fuel economy, Honda says. The standard multi-information display shows \"leaves\" that are earned as a reward for going easy on the gas, helping to encourage economical driving.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Insight are 41/44/42 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety
Honda equips the Insight with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Additionally, the Insight is designed to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure standards, which intend to deflect crash energy away from the interior in the event of a collision. The Insight also features a pedestrian injury mitigation front structure design.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Honda Insight. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.

Available Trims for the 2013 Honda Insight
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 5dr CVT Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 18600.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name 5dr CVT PZEV Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 18600.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name LX (5dr CVT) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 20375.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name LX (5dr CVT PZEV) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 20375.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name EX (5dr CVT) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 22065.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name EX (5dr CVT PZEV) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 22065.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name EX (5dr CVT w/Navi) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 23790.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Name EX (5dr CVT w/Navi PZEV) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission MSRP 23790.00 Engine 1.3L/82 City/Hwy MPG 41/44
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study by Category
Style
Comfort
Overall Performance and Design
Features and Instrument Panel
Performance
Initial Quality Study (IQS) by Category
Powertrain Quality - Design
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
Body & Interior Quality - Design
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
Overall Quality - Mechanical
Overall Quality
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
Overall Quality - Design

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
INTERIOR
  • Reclining cloth front bucket seats -inc: active adjustable head restraints
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback -inc: adjustable head restraints
  • Tilt & telescoping steering column -inc: multi-information display (MID) controls
  • 2-tier instrument panel w/blue backlit gauges -inc: tachometer, digital odometer, (2) digital trip meters, ECON button, multi-information display (MID)
  • Indicators -inc: idle-stop, IMA charge/assist, IMA power flow, passenger-side side airbag off, seat belt reminder, low oil/fuel, coolant temp, digital fuel-mileage, (2) average fuel economy, average speed, miles-to-empty, elapsed time, eco guide & score, trunk/door-open, headlights on/off, outside temp
  • Maintenance Minder system
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver auto-up/down, driver illuminated window switch
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote entry
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear window defroster
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • (8) cup holders
  • Front door pocket storage bins
  • Cargo area light
  • Center console -inc: armrest, storage compartment
  • Front & rear floor mats
  • Tilt & telescoping steering column
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls -inc: multi-information display (MID) controls, cruise controls, audio controls
  • Remote entry w/security system
  • Cruise control
  • (6) cup holders
  • Map lights
  • Perforated leather-wrapped tilt & telescoping steering wheel -inc: paddle shifters
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls -inc: multi-information display (MID) controls, cruise controls, audio controls, Bluetooth controls
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver auto-up/down, illuminated window switches
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Dual front seatback pockets
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls -inc: multi-information display (MID) controls, cruise controls, audio controls, Bluetooth controls, navigation controls
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation system w/voice recognition
EXTERIOR
  • 15" steel wheels w/full covers
  • P185/60R15 all-season tires
  • T135/80D15 compact spare tire
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights w/auto-off -inc: blue-tinted chrome bezels
  • LED brakelights
  • Body-colored folding pwr mirrors
  • 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Tinted glass
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • 15" alloy wheels
  • Body-colored heated folding pwr mirrors w/integrated turn indicators
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights w/auto on/off -inc: blue-tinted chrome bezels
MECHANICAL
  • 1.3L SOHC MPFI 8-valve i-VTEC I4 hybrid engine w/permanent-magnet electric motor, Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
  • Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) 101-volt battery
  • Drive-by-wire throttle
  • Direct ignition system
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Torsion-beam rear suspension
  • Front stabilizer bars
  • Electric pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission -inc: paddle shifters
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold driver & front passenger airbags
    • Dual front side-impact airbags w/passenger-side occupant position detection system
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags
    • 3-point seat belts in all positions -inc: front automatic tensioning system, front adjustable seat belt anchors
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • Outboard lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (2) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, radio data system
    • Roof-mounted antenna
    • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (4) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, radio data system, USB audio interface
    • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, radio data system, USB audio interface
    • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
    • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA playback, aux input jack, speed-sensitive volume control, CD text display capability, USB audio interface

    Find this car for sale at your local dealer---enter your Zip Code to start your search:

    Commenting Block

    The Latest New Car Previews, Buyer's guides, Articles and more from J.D. Power: