2014 Honda Insight Hybrid Remains Cheapest In The Land

Honda recently announced pricing for the 2014 version of its Prius-look alike hybrid known as the Insight. As it was with the 2013 model, this year’s iteration continues to look to be the most affordable of its type on the market today.

The 2014 Honda Insight, said the automaker, will start at a base price of $18,725. Interestingly, this amount is actually slightly up from last year, and there’s no real clear indication as to why. Fuel economy remains the same at city/highway/combined mpg ratings of 41/44/42, and what’s under the hood consists of an economy focused hybrid drivetrain melding a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline 4-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor.

image via Honda

image via Honda

Capable of 98 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 123 lb-ft. of torque at 1000-1700 rpm, this Honda hybrid also makes use of continuously variable transmission and, on the higher end offering, “steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow manual shifting though seven fixed ratios for a sporty driving experience.”

Features of note on the Insight, depending upon the trim level chosen, include a feedback system using an adaptive color display to indicate overall driving efficiency, a manually selectable economy driving mode, seating for up to five passengers, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth handsfree and a satellite linked navigation system with FM traffic and voice recognition and a rearview camera.

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    • Stan12345

      “Honda recently announced pricing for the 2014 version of its Prius-look alike hybrid known as the Insight.”

      That’s funny. The current body style of the Insight is a up-sized modification of the first-gen Insight that debuted in 1999, four years before Toyota changed the body style of the Prius. The inspiration for both Insight body styles was the Honda CRX, which debuted in 1983 (20 years before the Prius changed to a similar body style). The reason for using that body style is simple: It’s really aerodynamic. The CRX HF managed 42/51 MPG (that’s adjusted to the current MPG method), and a JDM model reached 69 MPG. It’s no wonder that they used a similar body style on their first hybrid.