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Given that Honda doesn’t have a great history on producing Insights, the fact that it is practically a first generation car because it’s nothing like the previous two versions other then it is hybrid....

Why did you choose to purchase in the first two months of roll out?

I saw an ad for the car a few months ago but wasn’t looking for a hybrid car. I knew I wanted to change my car 2015 FIT EX but didn’t see anything else that I was interested in. And then the Insight came out....

I’m happy with the mileage I’m getting. It’s like a game to see how efficient I can be. It’s been nice to drive...quiet, smooth

I still haven’t seen even one out in the streets though. And I haven’t seen much advertisement on the vehicle.

It’s like Honda just slipped this car in their line up and forgot about it.
 

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The wife was in need of a new car but nothing was really catching her eye. She was about to settle on the best thing she drove and then I saw this. I brought it home and she fell in love. Tossed the spoiler, some wheels and tint on it and she is in love.
 

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My wife and I started thinking about a new car last winter. We went to a large auto show and didn’t get overly excited about anything. I saw that the Insight was scheduled for ‘early summer’ and decided to wait and check it out. It checked all the boxes for what we wanted. Great mileage, comfortable ride, etc. We’re both retired and like to take road trips. The fact that it’s new didn’t bother me. It’s based on a proven Civic platform and the drivetrain is essentially the same drive technology that was already being used in the Accord. As far as not seeing any ad push by Honda on it yet, it may have to do with the August production being curtailed due to an engine component that was unavailable because of flooding at the plant in Mexico that makes it.
 

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JoJoyum,


Interesting you should pose that question to us. I am the one person who was under tremendous pressure to buy quickly. My three year lease on a Subaru Impreza ended in mid-July...only a couple weeks after the Insight was being released. I did not want to do another three year lease again and yet could not wait a good deal of time because I could only afford to be without a car for 3-4 weeks at most. No other car on the market truly excited me - did not like the Prius looks, could not find a Kia Forte EX to test drive because end of model year/ shortage, was not going to be a new Subaru Impreza given the current problems with the car, etc.


The Insight has one particular thing that I like over the Civic that nobody has mentioned. The Insight has a gas cap. I don't know if any of you have noticed but a number of people have had serious problems with Honda Civic capless gas system during the 2016-2017 model years. TSBs were finally issued earlier this year and the 2018 has a makeshift cap installed on the gas door, but I like the traditional effectiveness of the gas cap. (Capless gas complaints: nozzle getting stuck inside, fuel system leaking gas, gas spilling onto body of car, gas pooling inside system so that car smells like gasoline, gas filler freezing up in wintertime)
 

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Since the fall of 2009 my wife and I have purchased 3 new Hondas, a 2010 Honda Fit and a 2015 Honda Fit and now the 2019 Honda Insight EX. We always trade in to get the next one. We've had extra income the last 8 years to pay cash for the vehicles, but I know that purchasing new is not the most economical way to go. However, in my mind I'm at peace with it because we drive about 8,000 miles every summer and in late December through mid January about 4,000 miles to the Midwest to be with her aging parents and sometimes on to the East Coast to visit other relatives. In my mind I don't want any potential of breakdown or mechanical issues and we can pay for that peace of mine with a new car.

I was intrigued by the Insight 5 months or more prior to its late June launch. I often read the reviews and watched the videos. The features that caught my attention were of course the hybrid technology and the savings in gas as well as the smoother and quieter ride in a larger car (in comparison to the Honda Fits I've owned), Apple Car play, Honda Sensing crash mitigation technology, comfort (better seats) and style. I read somewhere based on Honda data from previous Honda cars that have had the Honda Sensing crash mitigation technology that this safety technology has reduced crash rates by 28% compared to Hondas without it. That alone is worth it to me.
 

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I wouldn't characterize this as a first generation car, as there are few differences between it and the Civic which has been out for awhile. The hybrid system has also been out in other Hondas for awhile, as well. I'd have been more hesitant to purchase it if it was truly a first generation car with all new chassis, powertrain, etc.
 

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It’s based on a proven Civic platform and the drivetrain is essentially the same drive technology that was already being used in the Accord. As far as not seeing any ad push by Honda on it yet said:
That’s what I considered too about the bits and features of the accord and civic.

I think Honda is also trying to sell off the 2018 cars to make room for the 2019’s.
 

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JoJoyum,



The Insight has one particular thing that I like over the Civic that nobody has mentioned. The Insight has a gas cap. I don't know if any of you have noticed but a number of people have had serious problems with Honda Civic capless gas system during the 2016-2017 model years. TSBs were finally issued earlier this year and the 2018 has a makeshift cap installed on the gas door, but I like the traditional effectiveness of the gas cap. (Capless gas complaints: nozzle getting stuck inside, fuel system leaking gas, gas spilling onto body of car, gas pooling inside system so that car smells like gasoline, gas filler freezing up in wintertime)
I had no idea about the gas cap issue.

Are you happy with your choice so far?
 
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