2014 Honda InsightPosted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 New Car Models, Honda | Leave a comment »
The 2014 Honda Insight is a hatchback hybrid that comes with good handling dynamics and a competitive price. This five-seat, five-door suburban-oriented hatchback is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. The most direct competitor of the Insight is the Toyota Prius C, that is similar in concept, size and price. Honda Insight also competes with other non-hybrid cars, like Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta.
The 2014 Honda Insight has front-wheel drive and comes in three trim levels: base, LX and EX. The Insight base comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a 2-speaker audio system with a CD player.
The Insight LX adds as standard equipment a front center armrest, cruise control and an upgraded 4-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The 2014 Insight EX adds 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. A navigation system with voice controls and a touchscreen, and a rearview camera are available as options for the EX.
The 2014 Honda Insight is powered by a hybrid system that consists of a gasoline engine and an electric motor (a nickel-metal hydride battery pack is also present, of course!). The 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine produces 85 hp and it is paired with a permanent Magnet AC Synchronous electric motor that produces 13 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque. The maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard for the base Insight and LX. The EX comes with a CVT with paddle shifters that basically functions like a regular automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Honda Insight include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, active front headrests, side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags.