The Honda Insight is back, but you may not recognize it. Debuting at the Detroit Auto Show last month, the 2019 Honda Insight looks all grown up. Gone is the funky Prius-like wedge-shaped exterior and confined passenger space.
Instead, the new Insight is sporting four doors and five passenger seating that is sure to appeal to a broader audience. Like the Accord hybrid, the Insight stores its lithium-ion batteries beneath the rear seats, increasing passenger and cargo room. The extra space also allows Honda to offer optional 60/40-split folding rear seats.
According to Honda the new Insight will achieve fuel economy ratings “competitive with the best hybrids in the segment” with a combined rating North of 50 miles per gallon. It will be equipped with Honda’s two-motor hybrid system: a 1.5 liter gas engine working in concert with an electric motor and a hybrid battery pack.
Honda says in most conditions the new Insight will operate on electric power only, using the gasoline engine as a generator to charge the battery pack.
The new Insight will also provide a more refined interior than previous models with available leather seats, an 8-inch touch screen, and a 7-inch digital LCD for the driver, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Honda will make its Honda Sensing Suite of advanced safety features standard equipment including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. This system will also include traffic sign recognition.
The new Insight will be positioned between the Civic and Accord models in the Honda lineup and should be on showroom floors later this year as a 2019 model with a sticker price starting around $30,000.