The Insight is powered by an innovative hybrid system that is comprised of an AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor powered by a lithium ion battery along with a gas-powered 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine. In most situations, the Insight garners most of its power from the electric motor, with the engine doubling as a generator to recharge the battery for better efficiency. Considered on its own, the engine produces 107 horsepower while the electric motor produces 129 horsepower. Altogether, the Insight has a total system horsepower of 151.
Driving a hybrid car has many benefits. Not only is it a better choice for the environment, but it also saves time and money with less frequent visits to the gas station and more time spent driving. The hybrid system works with an electric continuously variable transmission, or e-CVT, that delivers the power generated under the hood to the front wheels. For the entry-level LX and mid-level EX trim, the EPA estimated fuel economy is 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.* Drivers who choose the top-of-the-line Touring model will get 51 city / 45 highway / 48 combined mpg.*
For an engaging driving experience behind the wheel, the Insight features a 3-mode driving system. The Econ mode provides a comfortable ride, perfect for everyday driving or when you want a quiet cabin insulated from road and engine noise. Switching to the sport mode will give you all the thrills of owning a sport sedan while still reaping the benefits of driving a hybrid. It transforms the feel at the pedals and accentuates the engine growls when you accelerate. Finally, the EV mode allows the Insight to operate solely on electric power.
The Insight includes active safety features that boost its performance, even in inclement weather or less-than-ideal road conditions.
As drivers continue to explore the Insight, there are even more performance-enhancing features through all three trim levels, including a sophisticated suspension system that produces a smooth ride and absorbs road bumps. And an Eco Assist System helps drivers adjust their inputs to drive more efficiently and get the most out of their hybrid.