Roadshow Video Reviews
2010 Honda Insight HybridHonda finally gets serious about battling with the Prius, but can it win?
[ Music ] ^M00:00:09 >> Well, here's Honda's new Insight -- well, most of it anyway. With this car, Honda begins to process in erasing what insight means to most of us and rewriting it with this all new model, which is not a little two-seat bullet. It's a regular five-seat car, if you stretch it a little bit with a hatch back and all the accouterments you'd expect in a real car. What's going on here is an effort to have a very inexpensive hybrid on the market. In fact this vehicle is gonna come out at a lower price than even the Civic hybrid, which is a very affordable car already. Honda's power technology is IMA, Integrated Motor Assist. They've tweaked it a bit, so now the car in certain conditions can run electric only at some low and mid-speed modes. Used to be that it was always an electric helper motor in IMA, but you always are running on gas. Now, you can run pure electric -- again at certain times. Whole lot of things in the dashboard are gonna help you drive green. There's a speedometer that will give you some color indicators about your fuel economy grade. There's a leaf motif on the display that will grow or wither as you are driving momentarily instantaneously, lean or not. And you've got an Econ button -- that big green one. Hit that and it puts the car's CVT, Continuously Variable Transmission into a really lean mode probably giving you less performance, but a much leaner driving experience. The bottom line, the mileage estimates 40-43, that's the EPA rating and the MSRP, we're looking for under 20 grand for this car to really make a splash. And as you can tell, if you wanna spend a little bit more, you can get some technology in here. We can see we've got a classic Honda advanced head unit at least available. That's the new Honda Insight, completely new from the other one, coming soon in early '09. ^M00:01:53 [ Music ]