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2020 Honda Insight Review

The 2020 Honda Insight finishes in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It boasts a slew of standard safety tech and spectacular fuel economy, but it does little to stand out from the competition.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo space for the class
  • Long list of standard features
  • Phenomenal fuel efficiency
  • Some competitors have nicer cabins
  • Not as athletic as some rivals
  • Noisy engine

Is the Honda Insight a Good Car?

The Honda Insight is a good choice among hybrid and electric cars. In addition to some of the highest gas mileage estimates in the segment, the hybrid boasts composed handling, a decent amount of horsepower, solid build quality, and an expansive trunk. Still, there are a few downsides that ultimately hold this vehicle back. It doesn't offer the same level of refinement and athleticism as some class rivals, and its engine is quite noisy.

Should I Buy the Honda Insight?

The Insight's low base price and long list of standard features help make it a good value. It also boasts a smooth ride and comfortable cabin, but before making a decision, we recommend cross-shopping the competition, such as the Hyundai Ioniq and Honda Accord Hybrid. The Ioniq features a nicer interior and more cargo space than the Insight, while the Accord Hybrid comes with a stronger engine, a larger trunk, and more passenger space than its sibling.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Insight?

Honda launched the Insight for the 2019 model year after a five-year hiatus. There are no major changes for 2020. Previous generations of the Insight are very different from new models.

We recommend opting for the 2019 Insight. It's nearly identical to the new 2020 model, and you will likely save some money with the older model. 

Be sure to read our 2019 Insight reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

Compare the 2019 and 2020 Insight »

We Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 29 Honda Insight reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all Insight vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2019 to 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Honda Insight Cost?

The 2020 Insight’s starting price of $22,930 is below the class average. The midlevel EX trim costs $24,310, while the range-topping Touring trim rings up at $28,340.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Insight Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Insight or Toyota Corolla Hybrid?

Like the Insight, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid delivers a comfortable ride and comes packed with standard safety and technology equipment. However, both have cabins that are just so-so. The Corolla Hybrid has better highway fuel economy than the Insight, in addition to a superior predicted reliability rating. On the other hand, the Insight has more cargo space than the Corolla Hybrid. Both models cost about the same, so personal preference should guide your purchase decision.  

Which Is Better: Honda Insight or Hyundai Ioniq?

While the Insight is available only as a hybrid , the Hyundai Ioniq comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric variants. The Ioniq is not only more fuel-efficient than the Insight in all configurations, it also has nicer cabin materials and more cargo space (26.5 cubic feet in the base Ioniq hybrid compared to 15.1 cubic feet in the Insight). That said, the Insight has a softer ride and more rear-seat legroom than the Ioniq. Similar to the Corolla Hybrid, your choice between the Insight and Ioniq is a matter of which car better suits your style and needs.

Which Is Better: Honda Insight or Honda Accord Hybrid?

As a midsize car, the Honda Accord Hybrid costs more than the Insight, but it's worth the extra money. While the Accord Hybrid has lower gas mileage figures than the Insight, it makes up for it with a stronger base engine and quicker acceleration. The Accord Hybrid has a roomier cabin and more standard features than the Insight. Most shoppers will likely be happier with the Accord Hybrid.

Compare the Insight, Corolla Hybrid, and Ioniq »

Insight Interior

How Many People Does the Insight Seat?

This Honda has seating for up to five people in two rows. The front row has plenty of space, but rear-seat headroom is limited (especially in models with the available moonroof). Still, the seats are comfortable and supportive.

Insight and Child Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Insight's outboard rear seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor, with the ability to borrow lower anchors from the outboard seats. The anchors and tethers are easy to find and use.

Insight Interior Quality

The Insight features an attractive cabin with soft-touch materials, though some class rivals have a more-refined interiors. Cloth upholstery is standard. The high-level Touring trim comes with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

Insight Cargo Space

There's 15.1 cubic feet of space in the standard Insight's trunk, which is a great amount of room for a compact car. Touring models have slightly smaller 14.7-cubic-foot trunk. A 60/40-split-folding back row is also available, which makes it easier to stow larger cargo. Small-item storage is plentiful.

Insight Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system is responsive and easy to use, and it has sharp graphics. There are separate buttons and knobs for audio and climate control. Standard features include a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and six speakers. Available features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, 8- and 10-speaker premium audio systems, and an 8-inch touch screen.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Insight Performance

Insight Engine: Fine Enough

The Insight comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and electric motor that combine to make about 151 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is also standard. This setup has enough power for most shoppers on their daily travels. However, reviewers note that the engine gets noisy at high speeds and when the battery is depleted.

Insight Gas Mileage: It's Remarkable

This Honda earns above-average fuel efficiency for the class, with 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway in its standard setup. The top-of-the-line Touring trim gets 4 less mpg in the city and on the highway.  

Insight Ride and Handling: Comfort-Focused Ride

The Insight has a relaxed ride, composed handling, and easy maneuverability. It features a smooth regenerative braking system with paddle adjustments on the back of the steering wheel that you can use to adjust stopping power. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is not available.

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Insight Reliability

Is the Honda Insight Reliable?

The 2020 Honda Insight has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Honda Insight Warranty

The Insight is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for hybrid components.

Read more about reliability »

Insight Safety

Insight Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2020 Insight. The similar 2019 Insight earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation and the highest rating of Good from the IIHS. It also earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention, and the 2019 Insight’s headlights earned the highest rating of Good for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Insight Safety Features

The Insight comes standard with loads of safety tech, including a rearview camera and driver drowsiness monitoring. The standard Honda Sensing safety suite comes with collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Honda's LaneWatch and parking sensors are also available.

Read more about safety »

Insight Dimensions and Weight

The Insight is roughly 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,987 to 3,078 pounds.

Where Is the Honda Insight Built?

Honda builds the 2020 Insight in Indiana.

Which Honda Insight Model Is Right for Me?

The Insight comes in three trims: LX, EX, and Touring. The base LX trim has a solid list of features, though you’ll have to step up to the EX trim if you want technology like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Shoppers interested in a more upscale cabin will want the Touring trim, which adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. Parking sensors can be added to all trims for $515.

Honda Insight LX

The base LX trim starts at $22,930. It comes with an infotainment system that features a 5-inch LCD screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. You'll also get a suite of standard safety features that includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Honda Insight EX

The EX trim (MSRP: $24,310) adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker premium audio system, Honda Link, an additional USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, remote start, Honda LaneWatch, and a 60/40-split-folding back row.

Honda Insight Touring

The top-of-the-line Touring trim costs $28,340 and includes a 10-speaker premium audio system, navigation, voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a moonroof, LED fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated and power-adjustable front seats.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

See 2020 Honda Insight specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Honda Insight has great fuel economy, a comfortable ride, and plenty of standard safety features – all at a below-average price for the segment. However, it lags behind several more-polished and athletic rivals in the hybrid and electric car class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Honda Insight is a sensible small hybrid with excellent fuel economy. Beyond that, it's generally nice to drive and a pleasant place to spend time. It combines comfort and practicality with a refined interior and easy-to-use tech, making it a powerful hybrid contender, even if it underperforms by a few mpg against top competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The … Honda Insight brings an affordable electrified choice to the Honda lineup. Great fuel economy, an attractive interior, and a strong suite of safety features make it a hybrid sedan worth considering." -- Boston Globe (2019)
  • It's fine. The Honda Insight was fine. It's a fine car for fine people who are just doing fine. It's a hybrid for people who just want a car that's fine, that doesn't look weird or drive weird, that won't be amiss in a sea of Civics. And I guess that's fine, too." -- Jalopnik (2019)
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