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Just realized today (over 90 degrees this afternoon) that it would have been wonderful if this car had been released with an accompanying windshield sun shade. The double-sided kind where it protects against the sun but also - in winter - helps trap heat in the car.



Am looking at amazon.com for generic accessories and wonder if a 2016+ Civic-sized sun shade would work exactly for this car? Anyway, would any of you have purchased this accessory along with your new Insight?
 

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Insight Sunshade

Anyone know who is selling custom sunshades for the 2019 Insight? Wondering if Weather Tech has actually measured the new windshield. Want to be sure it is a perfect fit. Any recommendations?
 

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Try Covercraft. I have the one for our Civic, and if you contact them they should be able to say if a verification of design is in-process or test the Civic one. Worth an email or call.
 

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Try Covercraft. I have the one for our Civic, and if you contact them they should be able to say if a verification of design is in-process or test the Civic one. Worth an email or call.
Response from Covercraft: “The designers have not patterned the 2019 models yet. Please try back in about 6-8 weeks and I hope to have a better answer.”
 

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I can't attest to the fit and finish since I don't have an Insight, but WeatherTech has the custom fit TechShade for $59.95.
 

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I Looked on Weathertech for fitted mats but they have not made them yet so I would guess they have not made anything as of yet
 

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I also would like a sunshade before summer arrives. The manual warns that the camera can be affected by the heat and to park it in the shade if possible. Would a sunshade affect this either positive or negative? My old Civic sunshade fits somewhat, but I am afraid that it will cover the camera and thus reflect too much sun and heat on the device. Has anyone approached a dealer with this question? Does the WeatherTech fit around the camera?
 

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I also would like a sunshade before summer arrives. The manual warns that the camera can be affected by the heat and to park it in the shade if possible. Would a sunshade affect this either positive or negative? My old Civic sunshade fits somewhat, but I am afraid that it will cover the camera and thus reflect too much sun and heat on the device. Has anyone approached a dealer with this question? Does the WeatherTech fit around the camera?
I don't have much sun shade experience yet, having purchased in fall. But you're right about NOT allowing the sun shade to cover the camera housing. The manual calls out this warning in a few places, due to the risk of concentrated heat.
 

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Sun shade alternative works for me!

This idea to reduce cabin heat when the car is parked in the summer sun might not be a suitable solution for those especially concerned with security of their Insight- but I've never had an issue the past 10 years.



I purchased OEM door visors when I got my GEN 3, just as I did with my old GEN 2 Insight. When the weather is hot, I crack the windows an inch or so when parking the car to allow air circulation. The door visor overhang completely "hides" the fact that the windows are slightly open to the casual observer (and I doubt many people considering ill intent would scrunch up next to the car to look up under the visor overhang to see it the windows are actually closed ALL the way). Also, no worries if a storm pops up since the door visor overhang protects rain from getting into the car. This practice makes a noticeable cooler difference in the cabin temperature of the parked car. This is also easier, at least for me, than dragging out a shade when parking and then having to stow it on my return to the car.
 

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I plan on having the rear windows (rear doors and rear window) heavily tinted in the spring. I park under cover both at home and at work, so the front windscreen is less of an issue. If I could, I'd have the front door windows tinted as well, but I live in New Jersey, so it's not legal. :sad:
 

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i just use a universal sun shade i bought at costco that works very well. also i had all my windows tinted with formula one pinnacle ceramic window tint 15% all around. the amount of heat rejection the tint provides is very high. i haven't really seen the need to use the a/c yet
 

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I have a sunshade that is too big for the insight so put it on the outside and close door on the excess part on sides. Seems to work OK. I think it would reflect heat away from the inside windshield camera. It has hit over 90 degrees this week here. I usually park less than 1 hour outside.
 

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I like the tinted look, but like hasarad, I live in NJ, so some kinds of tints are illegal. I wouldn't enjoy having only partial tint. It would look odd.

I've also never had tinted windows. Do they reduce visibility, or do they somehow only magically reflect UV light and leave visible light alone?

For a brief time, I was putting my sunshade on the windshield to prevent UV from hitting the interior, but I stopped doing that when it got cold. If you remote start and have the sunshade up, then the hot air from the front vents just hits the shade, and you don't get good defrosting.
 

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I like the tinted look, but like hasarad, I live in NJ, so some kinds of tints are illegal. I wouldn't enjoy having only partial tint. It would look odd.

I've also never had tinted windows. Do they reduce visibility, or do they somehow only magically reflect UV light and leave visible light alone?

For a brief time, I was putting my sunshade on the windshield to prevent UV from hitting the interior, but I stopped doing that when it got cold. If you remote start and have the sunshade up, then the hot air from the front vents just hits the shade, and you don't get good defrosting.
I plan on having the rear windows (rear doors and rear window) heavily tinted in the spring. I park under cover both at home and at work, so the front windscreen is less of an issue. If I could, I'd have the front door windows tinted as well, but I live in New Jersey, so it's not legal. :sad:
I have never had window tint on my cars but I kind of want them for the Insight due to the all black interior for the summer. The only thing stopping me right now is what happens when I travel to a state with different window tint laws from my home state. For example, NH is the same as NJ with no front driver/passenger window tint, but in MA it is allowed.
 

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I have never had window tint on my cars but I kind of want them for the Insight due to the all black interior for the summer. The only thing stopping me right now is what happens when I travel to a state with different window tint laws from my home state. For example, NH is the same as NJ with no front driver/passenger window tint, but in MA it is allowed.
I'm not sure they would bust a car that is registered out-of-state for tint. You can plead ignorance if they try. I could see them pulling you over for tint as an excuse to get a better look at your cool car though and then let you off with a "warning." I see out of state cars in NJ with front tint all the time. Most are from down south where it's almost a necessity.
 

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I like the tinted look, but like hasarad, I live in NJ, so some kinds of tints are illegal. I wouldn't enjoy having only partial tint. It would look odd.

I've also never had tinted windows. Do they reduce visibility, or do they somehow only magically reflect UV light and leave visible light alone?

For a brief time, I was putting my sunshade on the windshield to prevent UV from hitting the interior, but I stopped doing that when it got cold. If you remote start and have the sunshade up, then the hot air from the front vents just hits the shade, and you don't get good defrosting.
There are a range of window tint films with varying costs and properties. In general, ceramic film is the newest and priciest, but maximizes IR/UV heat reduction while preserving visibility.
  • Dyed window tint film = least expensive, blocks light rays via the dye in the film; used primarily for appearance; the dye does tend to fade with time.
  • Metallized film = reflects heat via small metallic particles embedded in film that are invisible to eye; shiny appearance from outside and resistant to scratches versus dyed film; metallic content can interfere with cell phone, GPS transmission, and radio reception.
  • Carbon window tint film = dark and matte-finished carbon content blocks ~40% of infrared light (the kind that causes heat); carbon film will not fade with time.
  • Ceramic film = highest quality and most expensive; contains ceramic particles that are non-conductive and non-metallic; cuts 45-50% of infrared solar heat and up to 99% UV light, while allowing maximum visibility in both by day and night; best-in-class resistance to glare and fading, plus makes windows shatter-proof.
 
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