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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Insight

Honda Insight 2012

The 2012 Honda Insight is a dedicated hybrid five-door hatchback. Designed for those who want an environmentally conscious vehicle that also saves considerably at the pump, this hybrid also features a lower price tag, even for a fully equipped model.

Key Features

The Integrated Motor Assist Hybrid System on the Insight offers an electric motor and i-VTEC engine. This system offers 98 horsepower, with the electric motor kicking in during low-speed driving, hills and when passing. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel add a bit of fun that makes the ride just a bit more enjoyable.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Honda Insight received a facelift for this model year, which included a redesigned front end, a blue backlight on the grill, updated headlights and taillights, increased head and legroom in the back seat and a more tech-inspired instrument cluster. Buyers who choose the models equipped with navigation will also benefit from the newly added rearview camera.

What We Like

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2012 Honda Insight delivers beautifully. While the 41/44 mpg city/highway isn’t the best in this class, it is respectable – especially if you are looking for a lower sticker price as well. While this is a hybrid, it still manages to perform effectively with a controlled and comfortable ride.

What Concerns Us

While the Insight ticks all the boxes you’d expect from a hybrid, if you’re expecting high-level performance, you will be disappointed. While it is considered an SUV, keep in mind that its 172 inches doesn’t come close to some of the larger models available in the class.

Available Models

The 2012 Honda Insight uses a combination of a 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine and a 13-horsepower electric motor. Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist Hybrid System offers:

  • 98 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
  • 123 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-1,700 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 41/44 mpg

Major Recalls

There are no major recalls that have been issued for this vehicle.

Common Issues

The most commonly reported complaints for the 2012 Honda Insight involved rapid oil usage that causes the car to stall and require additional oil on a weekly or monthly basis depending on how much it is driven. There have also been complaints about the cruise control accelerating well beyond the speed the driver sets. Another complaint is due to back and hip pain that occurs when having to drive longer distances.

Honda Insight 2012 Interior

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