It seems that the auto industry is going through a bizarre phase where all major hybrid vehicles are being pushed aside instead of EVs. Hyundai, for example, is ditching the Ioniq Hybrid Blue and its incredible 60+ mpg performance to make way for the Ioniq 5 EV. While Honda doesn’t have an EV on the visible horizon in the US market, the iconic Japanese automaker is saying goodbye to this fuel-efficient hero despite its ‘best small car’ status.
Rest in peace Honda Insight
You can imagine that they don’t sell very well, but that’s a bit of a shame. The Honda Insight namesake has a long history of delivering fuel economy numbers north of 55 miles per gallon. The 2022 model is no exception either! The 2022 Honda Insight sees fuel economy as high as 55 mpg city and 49 mpg highway.
American news even placed it in the top five best small cars for 2022. Understandable too! The Insight offers an extremely economical alternative to its legendary compact comrade, the Civic. However, according to USN, it’s not all peaches and cream to be behind the wheel of a 2022 Insight.
According to the USN report, the 2022 Honda Insight’s gasoline engine is remarkably loud. That can certainly put a damper on road trips and other long drives. That’s a shame too, because the massive fuel economy figures are nothing short of exploration-inspiring. Plus, the report states that the Insight doesn’t have a lot of headroom in the back seat — another minus for road trips, as they’re much more fun if you bring your friends with you.
For car enthusiasts, the biggest thing USN gives the 2022 Insight is definitely that it’s “less nimble than rivals.” When you think of compact Honda vehicles, your mind immediately goes to the Civic. The Civic is both efficient and fun to drive. Obviously, the Insight doesn’t quite offer the same experience.
So, despite the relatively few complaints, you’d think an Insight would still be a great everyday commuter with incredible fuel economy. Why would Honda get rid of it?
Out with the Insight, in with the Honda Civic Hybrid
Correct! Long live the king.
According to CNET, Honda stopped the legendary Insight namesake (for the second time in its history) to make way for the incoming Honda Civic Hybrid. After all, it wouldn’t make much sense to have two compact hybrids in the lineup. Obviously it makes more sense to go with the one who had worldwide appreciation and recognition associated with his name.
In addition, the 2022 Honda Civic has all kinds of critical acclaim. Whether it’s a sedan, hatchback, base model or the top-of-the-line Si, critics love it. They should too. The 2022 Civic is a great addition to the history of the legendary name.
Now the world can only hope that the incoming Honda Civic hybrid delivers some comparable fuel economy numbers to the Insight. Plus, everyone should be doing a rain dance in the hopes that the price doesn’t escalate much from the Insight.
As of now, the Insight starts around $25,000, putting it in the middle of the 2022 Civic’s price range. That also seems a fairly reasonable price for a hybrid variant.
Goodbye, and thanks for all the fishing, Insight.
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