Serial hybrid, with an additional highway-speed mechanical drive mode, solving Nissan's e-power freeway efficiency problem.
And just like with Nissan's serial hybrid e-power, I found myself asking why not put a ~16 kWh pack and a CHAdeMO (or even CCS) DC port on this thing?
Ok, probably not enough room in this compact sedan, but put that drivetrain in a five-door crossover...
2019 Honda Insight first drive: World’s most efficient Civic
Honda's latest Insight gets 52 MPG combined and it goes around corners
...Compared to a Prius it’s a handling dream. It’s not like a Civic Type R but it’s way better than a standard Prius. At the lunch break, I actually drove a Prius and found that while it still had a somewhat wooden feel behind the wheel it felt very comfortable in a straight line.
I also did a handheld iPhone 0-60 test and found that the Honda Insight was two seconds quicker to 60. The insight got 8.38 seconds to 60 and the Prius got 10.34 seconds. Not a totally scientific measure but interesting. Honda says the Insight is 1.5 seconds quicker than the Prius. Honda suggested that its Insight will get to 60 in “under eight seconds.” Could be.
Should you go with the Insight or the Prius when choosing a hybrid? If you want more lively handling, get the Insight. It goes on sale June 29 starting at $23,725. Prices go up to $28,985 for the Touring. The Prius which gets a couple more mpgs but not too many more, ranges from $24,400 and goes up to around $34,490.
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