March 11, 2009 |
Honda Motor Co.'s much-anticipated Prius fighter may double as a recession fighter. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that when the 2010 Honda Insight hybrid hits dealer lots in two weeks, it will carry a base price of $19,800. That put an end to months of speculation over just how much less expensive the new Honda would be than the Toyota Prius, currently the top-selling hybrid in the U.S.
July 16, 2001
Frances Anderton wonders why the small, attractive, economical and environmentally friendly [part-electric, part-gas engine] Honda Insight is not more popular ("Green Dream Comes True," June 21). Sad to say, a valid reason to refrain from buying any of these small cars is that in an accident involving one of the ubiquitous SUVs, your chances of death or serious injury are enormously greater than if you were driving a larger vehicle. RICHARD BLACKER Santa Monica [The Honda Insight]
February 2, 2000 |
The two-seat Honda Insight hybrid car officially went on sale Dec. 15, but shoppers trying to find one at a Southern California Honda showroom will have about as much luck as a Yeti hunter in the Pacific Northwest. It's not that the Insight, with its dual gasoline and electric motors and 70-mile-per-gallon fuel rating, doesn't exist. It's just that every one that Honda Motor Co. has shipped to the U.S.
June 21, 2001 |
As a child growing up in the Georgian city of Bath, England, my fantasy environment was the futuristic America of skyscrapers and McDonald's milkshakes and fast, gutsy cars, like the Jolly Green Giant Chevrolet owned by my father's rich friend, Bob, in London. But later, as a bicycle-riding architecture student, my fascination for American machine-age culture was tempered by repugnance at its wastefulness and excess.
June 23, 2011
Segment winners Subcompact: Honda Fit Compact: Honda Civic and Honda Insight (tie) Midsize: Honda Accord Large: Ford Taurus Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country — Top 5 brands Lexus Honda Acura Mercedes-Benz Mazda — Bottom 5 brands Dodge Suzuki Mitsubishi Volkswagen Mini Source: J.D. Power & Associates U.S. Initial Quality...
September 26, 2004
I enjoyed Preston Lerner's article on hybrid cars ("Revenge of the Nerdmobiles," Aug. 29). My 80-plus-year-old neighbor traded in his 2001 Honda Insight for a 2004 Toyota Prius. His license plate reads "66 MPG," which he had on the Honda Insight as well. He claims he got 66 miles per gallon driving it from Sacramento to Chico. My friends facetiously said, "Did he mention it took him three days instead of three hours to get there?" I figure his combined outlay of cash for the two hybrid cars is about $50,000--to get more like 35 mpg. Go figure.