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2014 Honda Insight Review

The 2014 Honda Insight has one of the better safety ratings in the compact car class. However, it has a bare-bones interior and low power – even by hybrid standards.

Pros & Cons

  • More agile than hybrid rivals
  • Few standard features
  • Tight rear seat
  • Rough gas-to-electric-power transition
  • Less fuel-efficient than hybrid rivals




Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Honda Insight Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Insight a Good Used Car?

The Honda Insight doesn’t work well as a used compact car or a used hybrid. Its list of standard features and rear-seat space are poor for a compact, and its fuel economy and horsepower ratings can’t match rival hybrids’ offerings.

Used 2014 Honda Insight Performance and Interior

The Insight has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 98 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. Its measly double-digit horsepower is sufficient for local trips around town, but the Insight is slow to get up to highway speeds and noisy once there. Other issues include a rough transition between gas and electric power and an equally clunky engine stop-start function. One bright spot for the Insight is its nimble handling. The ride, however, might be too firm for some.

The Insight has an EPA rating of 40 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. That’s good compared with the compact car class as a whole, but low compared with hybrid rivals like the 2014 Toyota Prius and 2014 Toyota Prius c.

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The 2014 Honda Insight seats five. Its front seats are comfortable, but its back-seat head- and legroom are lacking. The seats also aren’t very supportive. There are two complete LATCH child-seat systems in the rear outboard seats.

The base Honda Insight skimps on interior features, with little offered beyond automatic climate control and a two-speaker audio system. Upper trims offer an available center console with an armrest, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a navigation system with voice control. The latter includes a complicated touch screen.

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Used 2014 Honda Insight Prices

The price of a used 2014 Honda Insight ranges from about $12,400 for the base Insight trim to around $16,000 for the EX trim with navigation. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 49 professional reviews for this 2014 Honda Insight review to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Insight?

The 2014 Honda Insight has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Insight?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2014 Honda Insight its highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Insight four out of five stars in the rollover crash test. The Insight has no standard active safety features, but a rearview camera is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Insight?

The 2014 Honda Insight was the last model year of the hybrid’s second generation, which launched in 2010. (The first generation was a three-door, two-seat hatchback.) The Insight was significantly refreshed in 2013, offering new styling and improved fuel economy. Navigation and a rearview camera also became available that year. You should consider the 2013 Insight if you’d like to save a bit of money.

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Which Used Honda Insight Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda Insight has four trim levels: base, LX, EX, and EX with Navigation. The base trim is fairly sparse, providing just automatic climate control and a two-speaker audio system as standard. The LX adds a four-speaker audio system, a center console with an armrest, and cruise control. There is Bluetooth in the Honda Insight EX trim, along with a six-speaker audio system and steering wheel paddle shifters. The EX with Navigation adds voice-controlled navigation and a rearview camera. The LX trim will be fine for people looking for an around-town daily driver.

Even with the Insight’s above-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Honda Insight and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Insight or 2014 Toyota Prius c?

The 2014 Toyota Prius c is a better hybrid hatchback than the Honda Insight. Neither vehicle has great interior quality, but the Toyota offers more standard features. It also has more cargo space, better fuel economy, and a perfect reliability rating. In almost every way, the Toyota is the better car.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Insight or 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is a much better choice than its Insight sibling. The Civic has a roomier rear seat and better fuel economy. It also comes with more standard features, like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, smartphone integration, and an audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen. The one advantage the Insight has over the Civic Hybrid is cargo space, thanks to its hatchback design. Still, the Civic Hybrid is the better choice overall.

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