2000 Honda Insight 1 liter gas/electric hybrid from North America
High tech car that'll save you money
This car is a hybrid vehicle that uses both gas and electric. The electric motor kicks in when you need that extra boost sort of like a turbo. Batteries need no recharging and I always get great compliments on how this car looks. Very high tech. I especially love the digital dash and the great gas mileage. Over hilly terrain and relatively short commute, I'm getting 56 MPG. For longer distances and flatter terrain this number can easily go up above 70.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2001
This thing (Honda Insight) isn't exactly what I'd want in a car. For one, If the electrical engine battery goes dead on a long trip, your only left with a 3-cylinder 1 litre gas engine which to say the least, is gutless. second, this car has hardly any room for cargo on the inside. Personally, I wouldn't drive a car less powerful than a Civic (which has a back seat and a trunk). I'm not saying this car is bad, you just have to know what you need in a car and how much room and power it has to fill those demands. If you're just looking for a commuter, this would do the trick, but if you're looking for something with plenty of room for vacation luggage, you'll be disappointed. Not to mention, are there any mechanics who can work on a gas electric hybrid in your area? Not every Honda dealer would know how to fix it. Even a few of the ones that sell it won't know how to fix it. I'm not saying this car is bad, but before you buy it make sure it meets every requirement you have and that the dealer can fix it. Otherwise you'll be disappointed and have a car that no one in your area knows how to fix.