2021 Honda Insight Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

Honda Insight Model Review

Honda Insight Hybrid

Key Features

  • Starting at $23,885 MSRP*
  • 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack with a total system output of 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of electric motor torque
  • 55 MPG city fuel economy rating**
  • Three selectable driving modes – ECON, Sport, and EV
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Available next-generation HondaLink® subscription services and HomeLink® Remote System
  • Optional 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

About the Honda Insight

Smart, stylish, and efficient – the Honda Insight redefines what it means to drive an electrified vehicle. The Insight is positioned between the Civic and Accord in the Honda passenger car lineup. Standing out from the competition, the Insight blends the style and refinement of a premium compact sedan along with fuel efficiency competitive with leading hatchback hybrid models. A third-generation Honda two-motor hybrid system provides a total of 151 net system horsepower for the Insight. The best power-to-weight ratio in its class and an advanced lightweight body structure help the Insight achieve a 55 MPG rating in the city**.

What the Critics Say

Honda has been building hybrid electric vehicles for 20 years now, and it shows in the refined interplay between the Insight’s gasoline engine and electric motor. It’s always smooth, and the Insight’s electronic brain constantly determines which type of power — gas, electric or both — is best for the situation at hand.” – Autotrader
The 2021 Insight moves above the Civic with its active noise cancellation and extra sound deadening, making the cabin noticeably quieter than its non-hybrid stablemate. The Touring trim is even classier, thanks to perforated leather seating surfaces.” – Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2021

Shoppers will find a selection of key updates that have been made to the Honda Insight for the 2021 model year. One new exterior color option making its debut this year is Radiant Red Metallic. In addition, last year’s Honda LaneWatch system has been replaced with an improved Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor on EX and Touring trim levels.

Honda Insight Features

2021 Honda Insight Engine

Impressive Efficiency

Providing the Honda Insight with exceptional fuel economy is a highly efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, a powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack working in perfect harmony. During normal driving, the Insight operates as a “series hybrid”, meaning that the gasoline engine does not supply power to the drive wheels – it solely produces electricity. Then, the electricity is supplied to either the electric propulsion motor and/or the 60-cell lithium-ion battery pack. The gasoline engine only engages to power the wheels directly when maximum power is required or at highway speeds. Three selectable driving modes allow Insight drivers to choose between NORMAL, ECON, and SPORT to increase efficiency or maximize performance.

Tech-Focused Interior

The 2021 Honda Insight is available in three trim levels — LX, EX, and Touring. Standard equipment found on all models includes push-button start, folding rear seat, 6-speaker audio system, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, along with Bluetooth® and Pandora® compatibility. Perfect for carrying all of your gear, the trunk boasts 15 cubic feet of trunk space in addition to a sizeable pass-through from the 60/40 split rear seats when folded. Additional available amenities on the insight include a power moonroof, perforated leather seating for up to 5 passengers, HomeLink® Remote System, and embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™.

2021 Honda Insight Interior
2021 Honda Insight Multi-Angle Rear View Camera

Advanced Safety

Contributing to the premium feel of driving a sedan, the 2021 Honda Insight incorporates the Honda Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. Reducing weight and increasing fuel efficiency, the Insight features an aluminum hood unique to the vehicle. The Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is included as standard on every Honda Insight. Included in this suite are Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistance System, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. EX and Touring trims will come equipped with the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor and all trims will have a multi-angle rearview camera.

Trims & Specs

Honda Insight LX

Insight LX

  • Starting at $23,885 MSRP*
  • 1.5-liter, Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine with electric motor, 151 total-system horsepower
  • Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • 3-mode drive system (ECON/Sport/EV)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

Honda Insight EX

Insight EX

  • Starting at $25,765 MSRP*
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Smart entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback

Honda Insight Touring

Insight Touring

  • Starting at $29,795 MSRP*
  • Ivory, Black or Black / Mocha Leather-trimmed seats
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • 450-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers including subwoofer
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system

*MSRP includes $955.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealer sets own prices.

**55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.