If you’re in the market for a hybrid car, then you’re probably shopping for a Toyota Prius, however, the Honda Insight has a lot to offer. Whether you buy one new or used, the Insight is able to return stellar fuel economy numbers, loads of driving comfort, and some of the best reliability in its class. But just how many miles will a Honda Insight last?
The Honda Insight will last longer than you might think
In the case you are indeed shopping for a hybrid car, then you might be a little wary about the longevity of the hybrid battery and the unconventional parts of the powertrain that you’re not privy to. And we don’t blame you, considering hybrid cars just started getting popular a little over a decade ago, so there’s no telling what the future holds. However, we would say that you can rest easy knowing that the Honda Insight should last you at least 150,000 to 200,000 miles, according to Motors and Wheels.
Additionally, Honda gave Insight a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty on its battery, so even you purchased an older model, like the second-generation Insight made from 2010-2014, then you can rest easy knowing that the battery will be covered should it need to be replaced within that time allotment. But if you want the ultimate peace of mind, then you can always purchase a new Honda Insight.
What are the best used Honda Insight models to buy?
The Honda Insight was actually the first hybrid car introduced into the U.S. market way back in 1999. Believe it or not, it beat the Prius as being America’s first hybrid, although we can see which car was more consistent when it came to sales thereafter. As such, the Insight was produced from 2000 to 2006 in its first-generation two-seat, wedge-shaped form and then again from 2010 to 2014 in a much more practical four-door body style.
If you don’t need more than two seats, then we would suggest finding a first-generation Insight as those models were able to achieve up to 49 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA, but you could have a tough time tracking down a clean example of one. But if you want something more practical, then you can easily find a second-generation model for around $5,000 to $10,000 nationwide.
One thing to note about the second-generation Insight is that the 2012 model did receive the most complaints on CarComplaints.com concerning engine oil consumption issues. In contrast, the newer models received far fewer complaints.
The 2021 Honda Insight offers the most for your money
In the case that you don’t want to deal with any potential issues, then you can always look into buying or leasing a 2021 Honda Insight. Now in its third generation, the latest Insight offers a conventional car-like body style, a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain, and the ability to achieve an EPA-estimated 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.
What’s even better is that it comes standard with the Honda Sensing driver-assist features in addition to available leather seating and a premium sound system. There’s no doubt that a new Honda Insight should last you for many years and many miles, so much so that you might even forget about the Toyota Prius.