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2019 Honda Insight Interior Review

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Interior: 8.1

The all-new 2019 Honda Insight looks great inside and features plenty of quality materials, especially in the Touring trim. The seats are passable in terms of comfort and space, and the trunk is larger than those in many rivals. Plenty of driver assistance features come standard, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "The revamped designs carries through to the cabin which now looks and feels significantly more premium, especially in the top Touring trim level. The instrument cluster has a more traditional looking two-guage (sic) layout with the speedometer on the right and a digital display on the left that show a variety of different information. The infotainment system is updated with the newer unit that debuted on the latest CR-V with a rotary volume knob returning and an updated user interface on the touchscreen." -- Forbes
  • "Inside, there are plenty of soft materials up front and leather wrapped steering wheel on the Touring trim that feels good and meaty." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Adding to the Insight's appeal is an interior with quality materials that look and feel good. It isn't the typical quirky hybrid look. Instead, it's an appealing and attractive sedan." -- Boston Globe

Seating

The Insight seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The front seats have ample room, and they're relatively comfortable, particularly in the highest trim (the Touring). As with many compact cars, some adults will feel cramped in the back seat, but rear-seat space is still reasonable for the class.

  • Seats in the Insight Touring are not quite as comfortable as the ones on the HondaJet, but still feels good on the tuckus. Even the seats on the Insight LX are comfortable, but they are made of a cloth material that's not very pet friendly. Our only other gripe concerns the legroom of the passenger seat; if you are 6' or taller, your legs can't fully extend, which makes it difficult to sit comfortably for longer road trips." -- Automobile Magazine
  • As in the Civic, anyone six feet or taller will want to pay close attention to headroom. The front seats are more comfortable for the long-legged in the Touring, as the lower cushions adjust for tilt, but the Touring also includes a sunroof that cuts into headroom. Likewise, the back seat has plenty of legroom, but headroom is more limited than in other sedans this size." -- Car and Driver
  • The leather seats in the Touring version are pretty comfortable, but they lack lumbar adjustment, which is an omission we have been seeing recently in Hondas. Rear-seat room is decent for a small car." -- Consumer Reports

Interior Features

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

Standard driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, and the HondaSensing suite of active safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Honda's LaneWatch and front and rear parking sensors are available.

The Insight comes standard with more active safety features than most competitors. The infotainment system's interface is fairly easy to figure out, but some settings are buried under multiple menus. The available touch screen responds well to inputs, has sharp graphics, and lets you customize the home screen to display your most frequently used icons.

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  • "The infotainment system is the same slick, configurable interface we came to enjoy when we drove the Honda Odyssey a year ago. It responds quickly to inputs, is crisp and clear, and is organized well. We found it easy to switch through menus and find all the right information and entertainment we wanted." -- Autoblog
  • "The infotainment software reminds me of a more colorful, easier-to-read version of Volkswagen's current cabin tech, with its large, icon-based home screen and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The similarities stop there, as the Honda system goes on to feature a high level of customization, allowing drivers to reorganize the entire home screen and to store the three most commonly used functions on a shortcut bar that's always visible at the top of the screen." -- CNET
  • The Touring's touch-screen infotainment system includes a rotary volume knob, which is always appreciated, but the rest of the adjustments are buried in multiple screens." -- Consumer Reports

Cargo

Most Insight models provide 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space (Touring models have a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk). That's a lot of space for a compact car, and it's a higher capacity than some midsize sedans have. The large trunk opening and flat cargo floor make it easy to load and organize items, and the rear seat folds down (a split-folding rear seat is optional), giving you more flexibility to haul larger items. Small-item storage is plentiful throughout the cabin.

  • "Thankfully, there are no sacrifices for the sake of hybrid packaging; a large trunk with a flat floor, a rear-seat pass-through, and folding seatbacks (a 60/40 split on EX and Touring models) ensure plenty of flexibility." -- Car and Driver
  • "Honda is able to maximize cargo space by placing the battery underneath the second row of seating. … The rear seats fold flat for more space. What really impresses in person is the massive trunk opening spanning almost the entire width and height of the car's rear, which translates to easy loading and unloading." -- Autoblog
  • "There is plenty of storage in the cabin as well. A rubber-lined nook within the center console is large enough to hold late-model smartphones (with the cases on!) and deep enough to stack them in multiples. We piled three generations of Apple iPhone Pluses in there with leftover room for the errant Samsung Galaxy or two." -- New York Daily News
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