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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
The HVAC controls are integrated into one huge rotary knob with easy-to-read icons.
Car and Driver
navigation system, which includes a touchscreen interface, voice controls...and a digital audio card reader.
Lighting in the digital speedometer glows green when you're driving most efficiently, blue when you're driving hard, blue-green in between.
in ECON mode those little fuel-wasting dithers of your accelerator foot are smoothed out
Road & Track
The 2014 Honda Insight hybrid starts at a bit more than $19,000 including delivery, which puts it within $500 of the more fuel-efficient Toyota Prius C, its most direct competitor. And it's squeezed from below by the more spacious and flexible non-hybrid Honda Fit, whose base price is more than $3,000 lower.
The Insight lineup is pleasantly simple, with only three trim levels: base, LX, or EX.
The base Insight model comes standard with automatic climate control, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, power locks and windows, remote entry, and a two-speaker 160-watt audio system that includes a single-disc CD player. It's missing a few features that you might expect, including cruise control.
Most Insights sold will not be the base model, but either the mid-level LX or the top EX trim. At just above $21,000 with delivery, the mid-level LX adds the missing cruise control, plus steering-wheel audio controls, a center console that includes a storage container under the armrest, map lights, and a four-speaker audio system with USB jack.
The Insight EX sits at the top of the range, and includes alloy wheels, automatic headlights, paddle shifters behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors with turn signals integrated into them, and a six-speaker stereo system and Bluetooth link. There's an additional model called EX With Navigation, which adds not only in-car navigation displayed on a 6.5-inch display, with FM real-time traffic alerts, and maps stored on 16 GB of flash memory, but also voice recognition and a rearview camera.
Other than these models, the Insight doesn't offer high-tech options: no parking assist, lane-departure warning, crash avoidance, etc. Those systems are now offered on more expensive hybrids--the Prius and also the Ford C-Max--but the Insight forgoes fitting them to maintain its position as the least expensive hybrid sold in the U.S.
The equipment on the 2014 Honda Insight is only average, with few high-end electronic options.