2019 Honda Insight EX (White Orchid Pearl)
- The meager fuel supply means we've had to stop for refills every 350 or so miles.
- In early April, once Michigan began its two-month thaw, we noticed the car's A/C was not working. After a quick look, our local dealer found that the condenser (a heat exchanger that looks like a radiator in the front of the car) had been damaged by what we assume was road debris. Replacing the condenser and recharging the system relieved us of $1125.
- We also had to replace a cracked windshield for $865, which on its own didn't seem outrageous. But learning that the cameras and sensors hidden beneath it in the rearview-mirror housing require a $120 calibration had the silent feel of extortion.
- The Insight's onboard computer has so far called for just one service, an "A1" in Honda speak, which translated to an oil change and tire rotation that set us back a whopping $67.
- In addition to contributing to the car's droning highway character, the winter tires we fitted in January, a set of perfectly fine OE-size Bridgestone Blizzak WS80s, hampered the Insight's fuel economy a bit. At about a third of the way through our test, we're now averaging 38 mpg, up 1 mpg from the initial miles set on winter tires.
- One comment in the Insight's logbook noted that the engine's startup was uncharacteristically lumpy, so much so that passengers could feel the 1.5-liter chugging at idle. It smoothed out in a few miles yet has since been noticed on more than one occasion. While it's not so rough as to warrant a separate trip to the dealer, we'll be sure to ask the service techs to take a close look at the Insight's engine mounts when it goes in for its next scheduled service.