Honda’s second generation Insight has been with us for almost two years at the turn of 2012 and to keep it fresh, Honda has just unveiled an updated version that promises to offer better fuel economy, an improved exterior look and more interior features.
Thanks to some new friction-reducing tactics for both the engine and the CVT transmission, Honda said the new Insight is now capable of up to 42 mpg versus the outgoing 41 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient vehicle under $20,000.
The tech gets updated too with an improved version of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist as part of the original 1.3L i-VTEC four-banger that’s mated to a 10kW electric motor. The result is a combined rating of 98 total hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, no change from the original model.
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The 2012 Honda Insight’s interior also gets sup upgrades including a reconfigured rear seat area for better leg and head room; a redesigned gauge cluster background with a more technically sophisticated appearance; reshaped center-console beverage holders that accommodate larger drinks; and a more supportive front armrest (Insight LX and EX).
– By: Chris Chin