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The 2021 Honda Insight Gets Motorcycle Gas Mileage says Consumer Reports

Fuel economy is one of the most important aspects of buying a car, but it is also one of the most boring. Like a Mazda Miata or Minis, some cars are both fun and decent on fuel, but that is not normal. The most fuel-efficient car around is the 2021 Honda Insight. See, I told you; the most fuel-efficient means the most boring. 

What does good fuel economy mean? 

I guess, like everything, this is relative. Good fuel economy for a pickup truck is a good deal different than good mileage for a motorcycle. The 2021 Honda Insight has fuel-economy numbers that are closer to motorcycles than most cars. 

How many miles per gallon does the 2021 Honda Insight get?

I hope you’re sitting down for this, dear reader. The Honda Insight’s fuel economy numbers really might make you catch the vapors. Are you ready? Consumer Reports says the 2021 Honda Insight drinks so little gas it clocks 44 mpg in town, 62 mpg on the highway, making a combined 54 mpg. The average annual fuel cost was calculated to be around only $535. Those numbers make this Honda the most fuel-efficient car on the market. 

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What makes the 2021 Honda Insight so good on gas?

For one, it clocks in just under 3,000 lbs. Depending on which version you get, it can weigh up to 3,070 lbs. Either way, you cut it, the Honda Insight isn’t very heavy, especially for a sedan. Normally the most fuel-efficient cars are micro, city cars, but the Insight is a real car with four doors and everything. 

Before you get worked up about the Toyota Prius, which only gets a measly 52 mph, now, that being said, the Prius outperforms the Insight in several other ways, just not in fuel economy, which is kind of like saying it doesn’t matter that you beat LeBron James in Basketball, cause he beat you at badminton.

Is the Honda Insight a good car?

Overall, the 2021 Honda Insight got good marks from CR’s review. The Insight sports Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, according to CR. It is made up of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric-drive motor. This Honda hybrid system makes 151 hp. That horsepower is delivered from the electric motor at low speeds until the demand grows beyond its ability and the gas engine takes over. 

The Honda Insight is a fuel-efficient hybrid-powered vehicle.
2021 Honda Insight | Honda

The Honda Insight is not a fast car, and that shouldn’t surprise you. 

I mean, any car that touts “best gas mileage” is not in danger of being called fast. The Honda Insight eventually hits 60 mph in 8.7 seconds. But, that’s ok, Honda; that’s not what you came here to do. You came to be sensible and cost-effective – and, of course, boring.

The handling follows the same theme of watching paint dry. CR straight up calls the handling “mundane.” There isn’t much good or bad to say. It seems to work, and that’s about all you are promised. The Ride comfort, on the other hand, is where the Insight begins to shine through. Bumps, potholes, and other road imperfections are well absorbed by the Honda’s suspension resulting in only light kicks from the ride. 

The Insight may be boring, but everything is as promised

The interior design is fine but basic. The Insight’s seats are low and fairly comfortable, but this makes getting in and out of the car a little more tricky, according to CR. Braking and headlights actually perform even a touch better than basic. CR says the headlights are bright and give great visibility at night, as well as the brakes performing well in the stopping test in both wet and dry conditions. 

The Honda Insight is a fuel-efficient hybrid-powered vehicle.
Honda Insight | Honda

Lastly, and most importantly, the 2021 Honda Insight nailed the safety crash tests. The IIHS gave it Top Saftey Pick Plus. Even better yet, the IIHS gave it great scores on crash avoidance. The Insight comes with Honda’s safety suite as standard. The suite features forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and road departure mitigation. Adaptive cruise control is also part of the package. 

This is a practical car for the ages

Overall the 2020 Honda Insight is boring and basic, but it does exactly what it promises, making it hard to critique too much. It is safe, reliable, and unrivaled in fuel consumption. It is Honda doing Honda, and that is rarely a bad thing.