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Pros: Gas Mileage
Cons: Non-Existant Trunk, size, weight, wipers, etc
Advice: Only consider if cheap and you need a high-mileage commuter carI rented a Honda Insight on a recent week long trip to D.C. and found it interesting to say the least. Acceleration was good considering that I was going 95mph on the highway at one time, and getting wierd stares at the same time. That was the good...this thing is a go-cart on steroids and other drivers treat it as such. I got bullied by everyone to include Focus, Civic, and Corolla drivers in city and highway traffic. At 95mph the thing felt like it was going to start shedding sheetmetal. In a slight evening rain the windshield and rear wipers couldn't keep up and the car is so light that hydroplaning is a problem, even at very low (15-20 mph) speeds on the highway...nevermind stopping. If you're looking for a commuter car and can get this cheap, I'd look at it. If you have friends or like to take your briefcase and your lunch to work the same day, look elsewhere.
Pros: Excellent gas mileage and ULEV or SULEV emissions ratings yet still fun to drive
Cons: No cruise control, weak sound system
Advice: Check out insightcentral.net for lots of good infoI've just purchased a new 2002 Insight w/the CVT automatic and so far I love it. When first researching hybrids I was surprised that I couldn't fit comfortably in the Prius (I'm 6'2'), but DID fit in the Insight. I was also surprised at how well it handled, and the acceleration was better than expected from a 3-cylinder engine. (Thanks to the electrical motor running in parallel that helps out when needed.) The great gas mileage and super-ultra-low emissions ratings are it's major plusses. If you can live with a two-seater with modest storage in its trunk area then this may be a great choice for you. Otherwise the newer Civic Hybrid may be a good choice. Its appearance is generally love it/hate it. While most of my friends (and of course myself) really liked it, a few thought it looked like an amusement park ride. The instrumentation gives you lots of information on how the gas and electric motors are behaving, and you always know what your mpg currently is as well as cumulative over the last trip or even the entire lifetime of the car. The website insightcentral.net has lots of great information...even more than Honda's site. If you're interested in the Insight be sure to check it out!
Pros: The mileage about 62 avrerage for us, at 15000 miles
Cons: The radio. First and only thing we modified.
Advice: Don't be afraid of the technology. It drives like any other.MY wife wanted the car not me. I went to the dealer with a bad additude, I didn't even want to test drive the car. When I was forced to go for a drive my additude changed very quickly. The car was very roomy, comfortable, and very nimble on the handling. The car was also very peppy, if you didn't mind running the tach up a little. Overall Its a very nice car, and I would make another purchase in the future.