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I have had my Insight for 10 months now.. I remember hearing the ads on a podcast I listened to all the time (I'm a nerd so it was probably a tech podcast) and wanted one so bad.. I was driving my 2015 Civic and hated how rough it seemed to shift even with a CVT (and it was slow).. I remember pulling up next to one (I'm in Florida so it was a REALLY old lady driving it) but I was taken by it.. Since I've had my car, I have seen MAYBE 6 since that day.. I don't mind being one of the only ones to have it. I drive for Lyft every once in a while and a LOT of people who ride in it comment on it.. My number one comment "This is nice - is it electric?" and the other one is "Is this the Accord Hybrid?".. The second one I get because it has the Accord dash.. The general public loves it.. I do have to point out the third comment which goes against a lot of observations here - "this car is quiet!".. Everyone here who says that needs to jump into a civic for a short drive then get back into your Insight.. Yes it can be harsh when you're hammering on it, but these cars are pretty **** cool!
 

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I have had my Insight for 10 months now.. I remember hearing the ads on a podcast I listened to all the time (I'm a nerd so it was probably a tech podcast) and wanted one so bad.. I was driving my 2015 Civic and hated how rough it seemed to shift even with a CVT (and it was slow).. I remember pulling up next to one (I'm in Florida so it was a REALLY old lady driving it) but I was taken by it.. Since I've had my car, I have seen MAYBE 6 since that day.. I don't mind being one of the only ones to have it. I drive for Lyft every once in a while and a LOT of people who ride in it comment on it.. My number one comment "This is nice - is it electric?" and the other one is "Is this the Accord Hybrid?".. The second one I get because it has the Accord dash.. The general public loves it.. I do have to point out the third comment which goes against a lot of observations here - "this car is quiet!".. Everyone here who says that needs to jump into a civic for a short drive then get back into your Insight.. Yes it can be harsh when you're hammering on it, but these cars are pretty **** cool!
Honda got my attention when they first unveiled the Insight prototype with the above video. I was like this car looks like a German car from the rear and those are some nice LED headlights. I thought Honda was either going to offer a less appealing production version as with all prototypes or pay for the highest trim to get a similar looking car. To my surprise they priced it very well and we pretty much got the prototype design on the production version. I don't mind that I don't see an Insight on the road everyday. Which makes the car that much more special to me. Compared to my previous cars which I didn't have much care for because it looks the same as all the other Civic, CRV, and Fusion on the road. Even though I don't do rideshare, my Insight does get curious looks from Honda owners, and the occasional person will come up to me asking questions about it. :)
 

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Honda got my attention when they first unveiled the Insight prototype with the above video.
The same 'prototype' video caught my attention (though I remember a longer version from Honda, with ads for on-road driving in Australia - seems Honda has replaced and/or removed). The Insight looked so much better than the racer-boy Civic look, and more polished IMO than the Accord. Seeing the Insight prototype in silver fortified my decision to buy in same color. :)

The only thing I was disappointed/disillusioned by was that the clear rear turn signals on the final version. The prototype had blacked out the rear turn signal cover and rear brake lights. I wanted/expected to at least get yellow or tinted cover on the rear turn signal, after seeing the prototype video.
 

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It was the only 'small' hybrid available from Honda. Of course, my LX was still loaded with things--so many safety features, the vehicle being gen 3, and it's a good looking car!
 

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I don't want a hatchback. Even though the trunk can be broken into more easily than my 2005 Civic Hybrid, it's nice to have a car that has space for 4 adults and
room for extras in the trunk, if necessary.
 

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I considered a Model 3 standard range. The $35k one you can only get in the store...you have to ask for it...

I had a few problems that made the Insight win for my family. 1. the Model 3 is surprisingly small. The trunk wouldn't fit our dog's crate...but the insight can with plenty of room. That was basically the #1 factor for functionality... 2. The cost. I got my insight touring out the door for $26,6k even. With some money down that means instead of a $400/mo for a tesla, we now have a $234/mo payment... I'm hoping to pay off the car in 3yrs or less... 3. Charging in DC...yea good luck. I'd have to back it in to our parking pad from the alley then hook it up to either a 120v outlet outside or rig up a hacked Y cable from inside and outside to get 240V since we rent... 240v would be the way to go...

Don't get me wrong, I love Tesla. I've got 2 shirts of theirs and a few other things. I followed the Model 3 since its reveal and I'm thinking maybe some day I'll own a Tesla... It's just a little too prohibitive of a lifestyle and cost living and paying DC prices for standard of living... the car would be just too much...

Oh and street parking in DC would ruin the car...

I've done my own calculations and a Model 3 would barely save any money month-to-month to operate over the Insight assuming I can get around 50mpg...
 

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I considered a Model 3 standard range. The $35k one you can only get in the store...you have to ask for it...

I had a few problems that made the Insight win for my family. 1. the Model 3 is surprisingly small. The trunk wouldn't fit our dog's crate...but the insight can with plenty of room. That was basically the #1 factor for functionality... 2. The cost. I got my insight touring out the door for $26,6k even. With some money down that means instead of a $400/mo for a tesla, we now have a $234/mo payment... I'm hoping to pay off the car in 3yrs or less... 3. Charging in DC...yea good luck. I'd have to back it in to our parking pad from the alley then hook it up to either a 120v outlet outside or rig up a hacked Y cable from inside and outside to get 240V since we rent... 240v would be the way to go...

Don't get me wrong, I love Tesla. I've got 2 shirts of theirs and a few other things. I followed the Model 3 since its reveal and I'm thinking maybe some day I'll own a Tesla... It's just a little too prohibitive of a lifestyle and cost living and paying DC prices for standard of living... the car would be just too much...

Oh and street parking in DC would ruin the car...

I've done my own calculations and a Model 3 would barely save any money month-to-month to operate over the Insight assuming I can get around 50mpg...
Living in the city with no garage made it a problem for me. I'm not sure how it will work during snowstorms in the winter with no home charging. Tesla built all of the Boston superchargers except one in expensive parking garages due to lack of space in the city. Maybe when landlords have sheltered charging spots I will get a next generation Model 3 or just request one if Tesla manages to get autonomous driving to work out. :wink:
 
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