Is this the new Prius?
Shape of the future
Two-panel rear window
Look out of the Insight's rear-view mirror and you'll see a split-glass view featuring a cross-member that horizontally bisects the field of view.
While this same configuration is prominent on the Prius, the first-gen Insight and, looking further back, the Honda CRX also featured split rear glass, so we can't 100-percent credit Toyota.
1.3-liter IMA engine
This looks familiar
Eco Assist mode
To the left of the steering wheel is this green ECON button. Pressing it puts the Insight into Eco Assist mode, which Honda claims further boosts efficiency by modifying various systems.
In practice, we noticed no differences between Eco Assist and standard Drive, but perhaps this is due to our vehicle's preproduction status.
Honda Satellite-Link Navigation
Voice command and entry
Bluetooth and USB
Honda has, for what we can only assume are ergonomic reasons, clustered the HVAC controls into this pod. While closer to the driver and easier to reach, this configuration is both difficult to understand at a glance and creates the new ergonomic problem of moving the touch screen further away from the driver.
We'd better touch up on our voice-command skills!