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FEATURES | 6 out of 10
Mainly functional features that distinguish the EX
Emphasis here is on bringing down the price of hybrid benefits more than pushing out the technical frontier
Car and Driver
Base LX is surprisingly deficient: no stability control, center storage or map lights
When you make the decision to purchase a 2010 Honda Insight, you won't have many options to choose from. In fact, the only real question is whether you want the 2010 Insight in EX or LX trim, since TheCarConnection.com's research shows that virtually no options are available on the all-new Honda Insight.
Although both trims of the 2010 Honda Insight are quite cheap, there is a huge disparity between the equipment levels found on each. Cars.com reports that "it's mainly functional features that distinguish the [2010 Insight] EX, including cruise control, a USB audio interface, seatback pockets, visor vanity mirrors, [and] a center armrest storage console between the front seats." Car and Driver remarks that "the emphasis here is on bringing down the price of hybrid benefits more than pushing out the technical frontier," which explains why the base 2010 Honda LX is so lightly equipped. According to Edmunds, the 2010 Honda Insight LX "comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control...and a four-speaker CD audio system with an auxiliary jack," and not much else after that. USA Today properly describes the 2010 Honda Insight LX as "surprisingly deficient," with "no stability control, center storage or map lights," and thus, "Honda expects 65% of buyers to take the fancier EX."
You might expect that, with such a limited standard features list, options would play a large role in outfitting and personalizing this 2010 Honda. In reality, however, absolutely no options are available for the Honda Insight LX. With the 2010 Honda Insight EX, Edmunds reports "the lone option is a navigation system...that includes voice-activated controls and Bluetooth connectivity."
The 2010 Honda Insight is the obvious choice for a fun and cheap hybrid, but for cutting-edge technology features, you'll have to look elsewhere.