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2019 Honda Insight Review

The 2019 Honda Insight finishes in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It's comfortable and earns stellar fuel economy ratings, but there are several areas where the Insight can't match its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy ratings
  • Outstanding safety score
  • Many standard driver assistance features
  • Large trunk for a small sedan
  • Less agile than some rivals




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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Is the 2019 Honda Insight a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Insight is a good used car. Even in the hybrid and electric car class, the Insight gets impressive gas mileage. It has a capable powertrain and a comfortable ride. This Honda's stylish cabin offers supportive seats and plenty of standard and available features, and its trunk space is decent.

Some rivals are more fun to drive, but that's not likely a deal breaker for most shoppers. Aside from fuel economy, however, there aren't really any areas where the Insight stands out from the rest of the class.

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How Much is the 2019 Honda Insight?

Based on listings for the 2019 Honda Insight, the average list price is $24,090. Prices range from $20,721 to $24,090 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Honda Insight Cost to Own?

The 2019 Insight’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $22,300, or $4,460 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Honda Insight: What's the Difference?

The Honda Insight was a brand new addition to the automaker's lineup for 2019. There have been two previous Insight generations, but they ended in the 2006 and 2014 model years.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Honda Insight?

The 2019 Honda Insight has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Honda Insight Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura NSX, 2019 Acura RDX, RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda Accord, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R and HR-V, 2019-2020 Insight and 2019 Fit vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 135995
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 22, 2020. Fit and HRV Owners will receive an interim letter notifying them of the safety risk, and a second letter will be sent once parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V314000
AIR BAGS Recall Date: 09/26/2018
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019 Honda Insight, Odyssey, and Ridgeline vehicles. The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) control unit may have a manufacturing error, possibly resulting in the air bags or seatbelt pretensioners not deploying in the event of a crash.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 118
  • Consequence: In the event of a crash, if the air bags or seatbelt pretensioners do not function as intended, there would be an increased risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the SRS unit, free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are B2R, C2P, and Z2Q.
  • Dates of Manufacture: AUG 22, 2018 to AUG 29, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: B2R, C2P, Z2Q
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V664000
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018 Honda Accord and 2019 Honda Insight vehicles. In certain scenarios, the back-up camera center display may not function properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 232140
  • Consequence: If the rearview camera display does not show what is behind the vehicle, it can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the display audio unit software, free of charge. The recall began October 30, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are K2G and V2F.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 23, 2017 to AUG 21, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: K2G, V2F
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V629000

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Which Used Honda Insight Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Honda Insight comes in three trims: LX, EX, and Touring. All models feature a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

The EX is a good choice for many buyers because it adds some infotainment and connectivity features that are not standard in the base trim. The Touring will also appeal to some shoppers because it comes with comfort features not available in lower trims, such as leather upholstery and heated front seats.

  • Honda Insight LX: The Insight LX comes standard with a 5-inch LCD infotainment display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera. Also standard is the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation.
  • Honda Insight EX: In addition to the LX's standard features, the Insight EX comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, HondaLink, an additional USB port, remote start, Honda LaneWatch, and a split-folding rear seat.
  • Honda Insight Touring: The Insight Touring comes standard with nearly every feature you can get in this Honda, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, navigation, and a 10-speaker audio system.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Insight?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Insight an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Insight the highest rating of Good in each of the organization's six crash tests. The Insight's headlights received the highest rating of Good for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The Insight earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Road departure mitigation

Available advanced safety features:

  • Honda LaneWatch (right-side blind spot camera)
  • Rear parking sensors

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2019 Honda Insight Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Honda Insight or 2019 Toyota Prius?

The 2019 Toyota Prius and the Insight are close competitors in the hybrid and electric car class, and they're similar in many ways. Both get excellent gas mileage and provide comfortable, if unexciting, driving experiences. As a hatchback, the Prius has much more cargo space than the Insight, though both have adequate passenger space. These hybrids also have lengthy features lists and many standard driver assistance technologies. The best choice for you comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2019 Honda Insight or 2019 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq and the Insight place near each other in our hybrid and electric car rankings. While the Insight is only available as a hybrid, the Ioniq comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle (EV) versions. The Ioniq is one of the few cars on the road to beat the Insight's mpg ratings. The Ioniq's interior is more upscale than the Insight's, and Hyundai uses environmentally friendly materials to boot. The Ioniq provides more cargo space, but the Insight has more available features. Choose the one that best meets your wants and needs.

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2019 Insight Performance

How Does the 2019 Honda Insight Drive?

All Insight models have the same powertrain, which delivers solid acceleration and enough power for city and highway driving. The ride is generally smooth, and while this Honda isn't as agile as some competitors – particularly some nonhybrid small cars – it remains composed on winding roads.

Like other hybrids, the Insight features regenerative brakes. With this Honda, you can tailor the brake feel to suit your preference by switching between the more conventional feel and a one-pedal driving experience. With the latter, the car starts to slow down with the regenerative brakes as soon as you lift your foot from the accelerator – no brake pedal necessary.

  • Engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor with a combined 151 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: electronic continuously variable automatic (e-CVT)
Does the 2019 Honda Insight Get Good Gas Mileage?

Most Insight models get 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. Those are outstanding ratings, even by hybrid car standards. Insight Touring models get slightly lower ratings of 51 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway.

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2019 Insight Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Insight Seat?

The 2019 Insight seats five people in two rows. The Insight has an attractive cabin that incorporates quality materials. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and both rows have ample head- and legroom for most adults.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Honda Insight?

The 2019 Insight has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. The "+" indicates that the system is among the easiest to use.

2019 Honda Insight Features

The infotainment system works well. The menus are easy to navigate, and there are physical controls for some functions. The available touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and you can customize the home screen with your most-used applications. It features HondaLink, which lets you control certain vehicle functions from your smartphone. 

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch LCD display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an additional USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, an eight-speaker audio system, a 10-speaker premium audio system, navigation, and HondaLink
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Honda Insight Dimensions

Honda Insight Cargo Space

Most Insight models provide 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, though Touring models have a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk. Those are great totals for a compact sedan, and they're decent in the hybrid and electric car class. Most hybrids that have more cargo space than this Honda are either hatchbacks or larger midsize cars.

2019 Honda Insight Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,987 to 3,078 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Honda Insight Built?

Honda built the 2019 Insight in Indiana.


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