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The first car I've owned was 2001 Prius when hardly anyone knew about hybrid cars. Since then, I've only owned Toyota. The hybrid cars I've owned are 2010 Prius, 2012 Prius v, and 2017 RAV4 Hybrid. Technically, I've owned them, but my wife drove them. I drive her car a few times a week. For me, I always liked raw cars. Unrefined, rough and noisy ride, with manual transmission. I could not imagine myself driving a car without manual transmission.

So, my previous car was 2013 Scion FR-S. I had it since when it launched in June 2012. Since Honda Civic Type R was getting such a good reviews, I started to be interested in it. I was visiting a Honda dealer to another looking for a fair deal. Then I saw a car with a perfect design. I walked up to the car and found out it was Insight. I could not believe it. A hybrid car that looks this nice...

Since then, I watched all YouTube reviews about this car. And read all the reviews I could find online. I got really interested when I found out that this car has no transmission. I "hate" automatic transmission because it changes the gears when I don't want it to. I get so much stress from it. CVT is better, but I can't stand it when it takes 2-3 seconds to start going when I step on the gas. Even worse, the recent CVTs try to mimic conventional automatic transmission. Since Insight has no transmission, I thought maybe I don't mind driving a car without manual transmission.

I test drove the Insight. I was so impressed, I thought "This is it!" That instant power when I step on the gas. No delay at all. And no gear shifting. It gives me no stress driving this car. But I usually wait for a month before I buy a car for myself because I don't want to regret. At this point, it was only 1/2 month, so I was not intending to buy it. So, I gave the dealer a ridiculous deal so that I can go home. Then they unexpectedly gave me an amazing deal, so I took that deal.

Now, it's been 2 weeks with this car. It's been about a month since I first saw the Insight. I have no regret about buying this car and I'm so glad I did. The acceleration off the line is so good. FR-S was decently fast only above 5000 RPM. The car was pretty slow unless I drop the clutch at 4000 RPM or higher. Starting at 2000 RPM, it felt slow. Insight's almost 200 lbs/ft of torque instantly just feels so good. The handling can't be compared to FR-S, but Insight's handling is good enough that doesn't bother me at all.

The insurance is so cheap. It's only 63% of RAV4 Hybrid. The average MPG over my first 700 miles is 51 MPG. Pretty nice considering it's almost always in Sport mode and I enjoy accelerating fast off the line. The only thing I don't like about this car is the automatic windshield wiper. Sometimes it doesn't wipe until I can't see and sometimes it's full on wiping when it's hardly wet. I did a quick research online and it seems to be how it is on other Honda cars. Also, recently, the sensor box at the top of the windshield started to make rattling noise on rough roads. Other than these small things, the car is truly perfect so far.
 

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Welcome!

Since you have rain-sensing wipers, you must have a touring! I have an EX and am fine without the little creature comforts (although heated seats would be nice). Since the LX and EX ghet slightly better mileage, I went for that. No regrets here either!

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Welcome, autotech! The Insight is such an amazing deal--more safety tech than cars that start $6,000 higher, tasteful body design, Honda build quality and reliability, great for the environment.

I'm totally using my comprehensive insurance coverage if I ever need a windshield replacement. Rain-sensing wipers by themselves increase the replacement fee by $300...
 

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Thank you for all the welcome.
I usually get the base model, in this case would be LX trim, but I somehow got Touring this time. First time I purchased a loaded trim. It's nice.
My insurance agent mentioned about the comprehensive coverage for the windshield. He recommended to drop their (insurance company's) towing coverage since Honda has towing and change comprehensive deductible to $0. Towing coverage will be -$7 and $0 deductible will be +$7, so no increase in premium. I took his recommendation. Now, I pay $0 even if the windshield needs a replacement. :wink:
That PDF document about the rain sensor's issue for Civic is interesting. I might try to open the housing later in the future if the rattling noise gets too annoying. Then I can check both the rattling noise and the sensor at the same time.
 

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My insurance agent mentioned about the comprehensive coverage for the windshield. He recommended to drop their (insurance company's) towing coverage since Honda has towing and change comprehensive deductible to $0. Towing coverage will be -$7 and $0 deductible will be +$7, so no increase in premium. I took his recommendation. Now, I pay $0 even if the windshield needs a replacement. :wink:
How is Honda giving you comprehensive coverage for the windshield? Did you buy Honda Care, or something through your dealer?

The roadside assistance is good for 3 years, and it will tow you to the nearest Honda dealership, IIRC.
 

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How is Honda giving you comprehensive coverage for the windshield? Did you buy Honda Care, or something through your dealer?

The roadside assistance is good for 3 years, and it will tow you to the nearest Honda dealership, IIRC.
It's the comprehensive coverage of the personal auto insurance from Allstate. Not from Honda.
I'll need to remember to add the Allstate towing coverage back after 3 years when Honda roadside assistance ends.
 
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