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ultra-aerodynamic two-seat Insight looks like it rolled out of a science-fiction
movie, it's been around for several years now and reigns as the most
fuel-efficient auto sold in the U.S.
by virtue of its hybrid gas/electric powertrain. A
1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine is the primary source of thrust, and it
uses an onboard electric motor to provide added power when needed. Acceleration
is fairly good for that small a motor, though it's far from as quick a car as
its sporty exterior might otherwise indicate. You'll find yourself spending way
too much time checking the LCD dashboard gauges that indicates when the gasoline
engine is acting alone or in tandem with the DC motor, as well as your current
and average fuel economy, but that's all part of the experience. A five-speed
manual transmission comes standard and a gearless continuously variable
automatic transmission is also offered. Standard features range from anti-lock brakes
entry and a CD stereo. Air conditioning is the car's only option. No changes are
evident with the 2005 model.
2001 Honda Insight by Bengt Halvorson
This sporty waif makes a strong statement for the
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