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What’s the easiest way to determine the trim level from just exterior appearance?

Touring:
- Touring badge on the back
- 17” wheels

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EX has the larger 8" display screen. LX has LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. Touring has LED fogs and the power moonroof.
 

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As far as just externals what you said plus...

Touring has LED turn signals on mirrors. Touring has a lot more chrome (handles, back, etc)
Touring has LED fog lights (but are options for EX and LX install).
Touring has a moon roof.

LX and EX has all of their differences with the interior but I believe only telling exterior difference between the LX and EX is EX has the LaneWarch camera on passenger side mirror.
 

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It is very confusing, I see an accord from the side or back and from a distance I think it’s an insight but it’s not. I saw one insight on the road and it’s still a head turner for sure. Beautiful car
 

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It is very confusing, I see an accord from the side or back and from a distance I think it’s an insight but it’s not. I saw one insight on the road and it’s still a head turner for sure. Beautiful car
I don't have trouble identifying an Insight from the side(alloy wheel design) or rear (tail light design while it is up close). I do struggle a little at the front if it's not close because it shares similarities with the 10th generation accord. Once it gets closer I look at where the H is located on the chrome wing grille. On the Accord the H is embedded into the chrome wing grille while the Insight has the H below it.
 

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I have yet to see an Insight out in the wild. Maybe it's just that the rear isn't distinctive enough to notice it. Or looks so much like a Civic or Accord. I did, however see my first Clarity out in the wild a week or so ago and was a bit excited.


i'm not too concerned though, as I currently drive an '08 Civic in blue, and I see aat least one or two of those a day when I go anywhere. So Having a unique car that is soo spiffy will be nice.
 

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I have yet to see an Insight out in the wild. Maybe it's just that the rear isn't distinctive enough to notice it. Or looks so much like a Civic or Accord. I did, however see my first Clarity out in the wild a week or so ago and was a bit excited.


i'm not too concerned though, as I currently drive an '08 Civic in blue, and I see aat least one or two of those a day when I go anywhere. So Having a unique car that is soo spiffy will be nice.
Once you own the car for awhile you will notice the differences between the Civic, Accord, and Insight. I had trouble spotting one on the street before but I can identify one easily now. The rear is actually one of the easier spots to identify the Insight for me. The Accord has the alligator mouth looking taillights, the Civic has the C shape looking taillights, and the Insight has wing shaped looking taillights.


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Once you own the car for awhile you will notice the differences between the Civic, Accord, and Insight. I had trouble spotting one on the street before but I can identify one easily now. The rear is actually one of the easier spots to identify the Insight for me. The Accord has the alligator mouth looking taillights, the Civic has the C shape looking taillights, and the Insight has wing shaped looking taillights.
Another easy way to tell between a Civic and the Insight is the shoulder crease. The Insight doesn't have one.

Those are great pictures, btw, @andrew28. The Insight's taillights are objectively nicer than the rest of Honda's sedans!
 

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I find the taillights more helpful at night, and during daytime from a distance I look out for turn signal placement and the distinctive wheel cover. When I do spot an Insight in the wild, the wheel cover difference (and rear bottom trim piece) help pick out the LX/EX from the Touring.
 

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Once you own the car for awhile you will notice the differences between the Civic, Accord, and Insight. I had trouble spotting one on the street before but I can identify one easily now. The rear is actually one of the easier spots to identify the Insight for me. The Accord has the alligator mouth looking taillights, the Civic has the C shape looking taillights, and the Insight has wing shaped looking taillights.


Insight



Accord



Civic
Tip for spotting an insight, it's one of very few Honda's with the turn signal mounted outboard on top. (Just look for the clear top corner).
 

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Not quite the same as Hasarad who is one of three at work (and I assume knows the other owners), but today in Chicago on the way home to the local grocery, I followed a black Insight (LX/EX - haven't learned to tell)...as I shifted to make a right turn into the grocery store, there's a Cosmic Blue (again non-Touring) ahead of me.
There only exterior difference between the LX and EX is the missing LaneWatch camera, so it's hard to tell. Most of the differences are interior, so it's easier to distinguish an LX if you're standing next to one (e.g. 5" color audio in place of display audio, no rear center armrest, rear bench seat w/o split, different key fob, etc).

Unless one has eagle eyes, we just gotta settle for ID'ing generic LX/EX together... if/when it's spotted on the road!
 

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Gosh, I can't hardly tell an LX from an EX to a touring when I'm on the driving. What are you folks seeing to make these ids???
 

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Gosh, I can't hardly tell an LX from an EX to a touring when I'm on the driving. What are you folks seeing to make these ids???
Passenger side mirror Lanewatch camera - deleted on an LX. If you're up-close and can peek inside, the LX head unit is noticeably different. Also, the EX driver won't have a paper bag on their head. Touring is easy - different wheels, leather and sunroof all stand out. Also, touring drivers tend to smile more.
 

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Gosh, I can't hardly tell an LX from an EX to a touring when I'm on the driving. What are you folks seeing to make these ids???
Distinguishing the LX from EX is difficult unless you're up close (or have good eyes to spot the missing LaneWatch camera on passenger side). The Touring trim's rear bottom chrome piece and 'extra spokes' on the wheel cover stand out to me as the distinguishing features from the LX/EX when I see it on the road.

Basic visual comparison of these 'key' features:
 

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Thanks Hasarad and Insightfully! I've begun to see a few more Insights on the road in Denver these days.
 

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Saw one in Boston... Gen2 though... Every time I think I see one it's a freakin' Accord. I like to feel unique though :)
Tail lights are the easiest way to tell the difference for me. Our tail light assemblies have clear lenses on the top corners, accords are red there. From the front, the H logo is lower than the center bar design on the Insight, but I'll be honest that's much harder to spot.
 
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