First question - does the 2019 ex model have any blind spot detection on the left mirror?
Unfortunately, no blind spot monitor is available as a feature on any of the 2019 trim levels. To change toward left lanes, it's the traditional "look over your shoulder and at mirrors" approach. The Japanese version of the Insight (also produced in US/Indiana) has blind spot monitoring, and we're hopeful that it gets added to US version as a standard or optional feature.
Second question - again on the 2019 ex model, is there any power plugs in the rear for the backseat passengers?
No power plugs in the rear for backseat passengers. The primary outlets (one 12V and 2 USB) are in the front area of the car. There are options to add 12V and USB ports after buying. Check out these threads for context: additional 12V
; additional USB
Third question - Do the batteries lose their charge after a certain amount of time? Is this something i should plan to replace at some point like 100k miles?
As with 'regular' batteries, capacity loss occurs with time and cycled use of the high voltage battery. This loss occurs more rapidly in warmer climates, and more slowly in cooler climates. The standard warranty for the high voltage battery is 8 yrs/100k, but in certain states the battery warranty is extended to 10 yrs/150k (see this thread
). Average projected battery life is ~100k miles, and estimated cost is $2-4k (see this thread
Fourth question - speaking of battery, anyone has any issues with the car battery (12v one) being hidden between the driver and passenger in the front?
No issues so far with the 12V battery. It's covered by the standard warranty (3 yr/36k), and having the battery placed in the interior will likely protect it from the elements (and hopefully last even longer). Note that it's an AGM (vs lead acid) battery, and that since there's no alternator, the it gets recharged from the high voltage battery.
Fifth question - more of a clarification really...but can someone explain the deceleration paddles a bit? From best i can gather it has something to do with how much braking the car will do.
This is a frequent question, and responses are woven through different posts. Check out these threads for some preliminary info:
Sixth question - how does the ev work in cold weather?
The gas (ICE/internal combustion) engine runs more in cold weather to keep the cabin warm and also to maintain the high voltage battery charge. The average difference from cold to warm weather mpg is a 20-25% difference.
Seventh - when are the new 2020 insights expected? Would it be cheaper for me to wait for them to come out and get a 2019 or would the price on the 2019 not be reduced that much compared to now?
The 2019 Insight launched in July 2018 (some of our members were able to buy in the last week of June 2018). The 2020 Insight is expected to show up soon, as Honda typically anniversaries their timing... but the window can vary by up to 3 months. Nothing 'official' on the 2020 is posted yet by Honda, likely to help clear 2019 inventory. Since only minor changes are expected, Honda may delay the release date depending on the amount of unsold 2019 national inventory. (This happened with the Clarity in 2018.) Here are a couple threads on the topic of 2020s: