2008 Paris auto showEnlarge Photo
In theory, I frowned upon the 2010 Honda Insight; it uses just an updated version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system from 1999 whose electric motor is not stout enough to pull the car from a dead stop under electric power alone. They say all-electric cruising at 30 mph is possible, but in a few days of driving I never witnessed such operation. With city mileage a full 8 mpg below the 2009 Prius' rating, I figured the new Insight would offer typically depressing hybrid driving dynamics with less economy to boot.
But then I got behind the wheel and came away grinning. Take your pick: creep around in green mode and consistently get mileage around 40 mpg, or squirt around town like a hooligan and still get respectable figures (I rarely saw anything below an indicated 25 mpg). The 2010 Honda Insight is a hybrid suitable for the aggressive driver; perhaps it will lure a whole new flock of car buyers into the hybrid fold.