There have been several tweaks done on the 2012 Honda Insight, including a redesigned set of 15-inch wheels and a new lower front fascia. The hybrid hatchback can’t be considered to be an all-new design as it was launched recently in 2009. The 2012 Insight has a starting price of $19,120, more expensive than a 2011 model by $150.
It has an improved fuel economy rating of 41/44 mpg city/highway, a 1 mpg improvement in the city and on the highway compared to the 2011 model. Honda said that this is due to modifications done on the engine and CVT that reduces friction. The 2012 model, similar to the 2012 Honda Fit, offers better noise insulation. Honda believes that the car’s aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 2% due to its modified front and rear bumper fascias.
The 2012 Honda Insight base model has a price tag of $19,120, $150 pricier than Honda’s new-for-2011 base model. Similar to other 2012 Insights, it gets a 0.6-inch increase in rear seat headroom. Improvements are seen on the appearance of the instrument cluster as well as its rear visibility due to a slimmer rear wiper motor housing and a thinner rear spoiler.
2012 Honda Insight LX is priced at $20,895, higher by $225 over the 2011 model. Its seat fabric has been upgraded and it has a more supportive front armrest. The 2012 Insight LX comes with a four-speaker sound system while the base model has only two.
It also features a USB audio interface, floor mats, a security system, and map lights and steering wheel audio controls. The 2012 Honda Insight EX is priced at $22,585, more expensive by $325. However, this model now features automatic headlights, seats built with synthetic leather and fabric, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
EX is also equipped with alloy wheels, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system. It’s available with the option of a navigation system, which has a rearview camera this year. It is now $1725 (lower than the $1775 last year). Honda claims that the new navigation system is quicker and has a 16-Gb flash memory system rather than the 4.7-Gb DVD-based system on the outgoing model.
Of the many prizes awarded to the Honda Insight, some of the most highly publicized have included JD Power and Associates Highest Ranking Compact Car in Initial Quality, which looks at cars with the best performance over the first 90 days. The Insight has also won the Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 Green Car and it was named one of the 'Greenest Vehicles' by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Honda has kept these goals in mind whenever its executives look at creating a new edition of their cars and it is the reason why they have managed to produce such a diverse range of green vehicles such as the original Honda Insight, which was the very first hybrid car mass-produced in America back in 1999.
Honda's technological developments do not end with their vehicles. They are the leaders in the developing and marketing of the FCX Clarity, which is also the most efficient, zero-emission, hydrogen-powered fuel cell for the electric car.
Their diversity includes the Honda Civic Natural Gas sedan, currently the only retail passenger vehicle available in America as well as the Civic Hybrid and the CR-Z sport hybrids and the Insight hybrid, which are all gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. With this range alone, it is clear why Honda continues to be known as a pioneer in the hybrid and electric car market. If it’s a segment you’re interested in, you should take a look at it today.