Not long after I wrote the Misfits article about the first generation Insight, Honda released the 2019 Insight to dealers everywhere.
I was astounded when the first one should up here, because for one: it looked nothing like its older generations, and for two: that’s a good thing.
The newest Insight sits on the Civic platform, with a few minor changes. Its updated front and rear fascia more closely follow Honda’s design language. Sensing is standard across all trims. And it has one of the highest rated MPGs of Honda’s “Green Lineup”. It has the same inline-four cylinder/Atkinson Cycle powertrain, it puts out 151hp through the front wheels, as per the usual with Honda.
The way it looks is unrivaled, though many say it looks like a Civic Hybrid. In my opinion, you wouldn’t be able to tell its a hybrid until you got close enough to see the “Hybrid” badging. And that’s the best thing about it. The fact that it drives like a hybrid, but looks like a different kind of Civic gives Honda the advantage in the eco-friendly playing field. Majority of its competition have quirky styling (looking at you, Prius), so to see an eco-friendly car actually have good styling is refreshing.
Another major buying factor of this car is it’s price. At its base trim, the Insight gets you Honda’s Sensing suite, push-button transmission. At the top end, the Insight Touring gets you heated leather seats, a sunroof, and an updated LCD touch screen infotainment system available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Insight is perfect for the every day commuter looking for something a little different.
If you’ve enjoyed this review and want me to review another Honda, just let me know!
By Christian Olsson, Honda Genius
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit .