Test Drive Results 2020 Honda Insight Hybrid Electric Car at Austin City Limits
While at Austin City Limits with Honda, I also got to test drive the 2020 Honda Insight Hybrid Electric Car.
As well it has Honda Sensing® technology standardand priced with a starting MSRP less than $23,000.
As a result of my test drive, I got about 55 mpg in the city that day!
In addition,the 2019 Honda awarded Green Car of the Year byGreen Car Journal. It’sthe fourth time Honda has won the award. That’s because this all-new, made-in-Indiana Insight recognized for its fuel economy. Of course which doesn’t come at the expense of style or performance.
In addition, the body, chassis and powertrain combination providing a satisfying driving experience with 151-horsepower. I also noticed it goes fast when needed and VERY decent acceleration comparing with other hybrids. Then with the 55 mpg city rating…
Thereby now it’s competing nicely with the best hybrids on the market. Furthermore, with a comparatively low starting price it’s then easier to save at the pump. All the while looking good doing it.
Consequently, the 2020 Honda Insight combining pretty decent passenger space. Also premium interior appointments, upscale styling, and a driving experience that far exceeds its hybrid competition.
Available in LX, EX and Touring trims. Because all Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights. Also push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Insight EX adds an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.
Then adding leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver’s seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. OPTIONS OPTIONS SO many!
2020 Insight EPA Ratings
The 2020 Honda Insight is powered by third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid drivetrain. So it’s a 1.5-liter DOHCi-VTEC. That’s an Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine. It’s got 40.5-percent thermal efficiency paired to an electric propulsion motor. Thanks to its clever two-motor design, this hybrid electric car doesn’t need a conventional automatic transmission.
Furthermore, this car helps drivers maximize energy regeneration. It does that through the use of steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. It works similar to transmission paddle shifters in the old Chevrolet Volt. So it’s capitalizing on old for newer products.
So you tap the left selector to increase regenerative braking. It’s ok on battery charging via regeneration when tested in Austin. Yes it also helps reduce stress on the brakes. That does let drivers tailor their “regen” braking level for different driving conditions.
Consequently, the hybrid powertrain uses power from the gasoline engine and electric motors. All accommodating the current driving conditions. It seamlessly is shifting through three distinct drive operations.
In EV MODE, it’s powered solely by its electric drive motor. Thereby drawing power from the battery.
In Hybrid MODE the gasoline engine drives a generator motor to supply electrical power to the drive motor. In certain circumstances.
Engine operation connecting the gasoline engine directly to the drive wheels. It’s also charging the battery at the same time for the battery to kick in quicker I felt.
The battery pack is housed in a compact intelligent power unit (IPU) under the rear seats. Thereby allowing it to offer an uncompromising 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space that rivals many midsize sedans.
This hybrid is also using domestic and globally-sourced parts. As well and exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana auto plant. That’s alongside Civic and CR-V.