When additional power is needed, for example during acceleration, the electric motor assists, producing a total of 73 hp and giving the Insight the performance of an automobile with a larger engine. Electricity to power the motor comes from a set of advanced nickel-metal hydride batteries, which are recharged by regenerative braking.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of the Insight’s unique IMA system is that its operation is completely seamless and transparent – you just fill it with regular unleaded gasoline and drive it like any other car. And you never have to plug it in.
The Insight’s roomy, high-tech interior is designed around the driver’s needs. The high-back bucket seats are comfortable and supportive, the controls are easily accessible and operate with the precision typical of a Honda, and its sophisticated Electronic Instrument Display is logically arranged and easy to read.
It’s also a very personal space. A comfortable place to spend some time. Attractive and well-equipped. Standard equipment includes electric power steering (EPS) with variable-assist, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote entry. Even an AM/FM stereo cassette with clock. And automatic air conditioning with a micron air-filtration system is available.
The Insight’s safety engineering is quite extensive. Its aluminum body and frame, which incorporate front and rear crumple zones, help protect the occupants in impacts such as full-frontal, offset-frontal, side and rear. Dual front airbags, 3-point seat belts and built-in head restraints are all standard equipment.
As you can see, the Honda Insight really is different. It’s smarter. A car that takes care of your needs takes care of the environment’s. The kind of car you’d expect from Honda.
Crumple zones built into the Insight’s highly rigid aluminum body are designed to help protect the driver and passenger in an impact.
The Insight’s Electronic Instrument Display is logical and easy to read: on the left is engine status information, such as rpm and engine coolant temperature.
The middle of the Electronic Instrument Display provides a wealth of information, including present speed, the distance the car has traveled, and both current and cumulative fuel economy.
Fuel supply and electrical energy capacity, including state-of-charge, are displayed on the right side of the Electronic Instrument Display.“