The 2010 Honda Insight: 40+ MPG for Less Than $20K

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The 2010 Honda Insight will give the Toyota Prius a run for its money as the best hybrid car on the market.
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The original Insight (2000-2006 model years), a teardrop-shaped two-seater, was a landmark achievement in gas mileage (nearly 70 mpg) and ushered in the hybrid era of green cars. The new 2010 Honda Insight features expanded seating capacity and improved road performance.
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The Insight's real-time mpg feedback screens make it easy to drive with fuel economy in mind, without distracting you from the road.
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Rear view of the 2010 Honda Insight.
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The Econ button will help regulate the Insight's air conditioning and gasoline-electric hybrid system for maximum gas mileage.
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The dashboard and front seat area of the 2010 Honda Insight.
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Under the hood of the 2010 Honda Insight. This is Honda's most advanced gasoline-electric hybrid system yet.
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The back seats of the 2010 Honda Insight.
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Honda says the Insight's trunk has more cargo room than the Toyota Prius.
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Let's take a ride!
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2010 Honda Insight

March 24, 2009 will see the release of the new 2010 Honda Insight, the automaker’s most advanced gasoline-electric hybrid car yet.

The name may sound familiar: The 2000 Insight was North America’s first hybrid. That two-seater was famous for its gas mileage (50 to nearly 70 mpg), but infamous for its sluggish performance. After a few years of hiatus, the Insight is back, this time as a more practical car for the masses.

The 2010 Insight has room for four (or five if you want to be really snug), solid get-up, a significantly more efficient hybrid drivetrain, and informative real-time mpg feedback. The latter makes it easy to achieve good mpg — even better than the early estimates (40 to 43 mpg) of the Insight’s official fuel economy numbers.

Driving the Insight in a variety of terrains and at different speeds, my best runs were 53, 61, and 64 mpg. And the latter was only good enough for seventh best among many media professionals at a press event. Numerous journalists who have driven the hybrid have reported significantly better results than 40 mpg.

The price tag for the new Insight hybrid is $19,800 for the LX trim level. The new Insight was originally scheduled for release on Earth Day 2009 (April 22), but Honda moved that up to late March given the enthusiastic interest in the car.

To see more of the Insight watch the video tour of the Insight’s hybrid system.

John Rockhold is a green car enthusiast and Contributing Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find him on .