There’s something truly cathartic about driving a brand new vehicle, and if you’re going to buy any new vehicle this year, it is time to consider the 2022 Honda Insight. Honda has been producing cars for over 70 years, and what was once a local juggernaut in Japan eventually became a worldwide phenomenon. Honda received a plethora of its widespread fame for several reasons, from its automobiles to its motorcycles, but its incredible hybrid models have often been overshadowed. The Insight was actually the first hybrid to hit the American market, beating the Toyota Prius by a year. After a full redesign in 2019 that moved the Insight upmarket, this historic model is better than ever.
Customers who are interested in a 2022 Insight will find that the old LX base trim has been omitted for the latest model year. What this ultimately means is that the 2022 Insight can offer more value than ever before, and this is spread across the two trim levels: the EX and the Touring. The EX comes at a competitive starting price and offers all of the necessities and a plethora of extras, including advanced safety features and a tech-savvy interior. On the other hand, the Touring includes everything that the EX does, but with the addition of heated leather seats, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and much more.
The 2022 Insight features the same powertrain as the past few model years, and it’s a significant improvement over the last generation. Back when hybrids were still a new thing, fuel efficiency was all that mattered. But now that the market is getting crowded, a hybrid has to offer real performance as well. Fortunately, Honda has given the Insight a powertrain that blends ample performance with the exceptional fuel efficiency that hybrid vehicles are synonymous with. This is in the form of a 1.5L four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, all paired to a smooth and efficient Continuously Variable Transmission.
With hybrids, the total level of performance isn’t only made by the gasoline engine but by the electric motor as well. The hybrid powertrain inside the 2022 Insight creates a total of 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for city travel and can easily get you up to speed on the freeway. Fuel efficiency with this powertrain is also impressive and gives hybrids such as the Insight a large appeal. EPA-estimated ratings for the 2022 Insight are 55 mpg city and 49 highway, making for 52 mpg combined.**
The 2022 Insight seats five passengers, and if you opt for the Touring trim, you’ll get an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and the front passenger will get a 4-way power-adjustable seat. Both of these seats will be heated on the Touring trim, which makes commuting in the wintertime far easier and much more comfortable. Cloth is the standard material, but the Touring trim swaps this out for genuine leather, which is a welcomed upgrade.
Sitting inside of the 2022 Insight won’t be a negative experience, and this is true for taller drivers and passengers. It’s worth noting that the Touring trim has a tad less headroom because of the sunroof, but the difference is negligible. In the front row, 39.3-inches of headroom is paired with a generous 42.3-inches of legroom. In the back, passengers still get a spacious 36.9-inches of headroom and 37.4-inches of legroom. Cargo capacity is also slightly different on the trims, but it’s a minor 2.6% decrease on the Touring trim. The base 2022 Insight will have 15.1 cu.ft. and the top-end will have 14.7 cu.ft. - right in line with many other compact sedans out there.
Everything tech-related inside of the 2022 Insight is impressive, high quality, and, best of all, most of it is standard. Both models give you an infotainment center with an 8-inch touchscreen, and this includes amenities such as Bluetooth audio streaming and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both are accessible by plugging your smartphone into a USB port, which you’ll find two of on the center console. This will not only give your phone a charge but give you access to features such as maps, contacts, weather, and media controls, all from the same infotainment center.
The Touring includes a built-in navigation system, meaning you won’t need to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to seek directions. Other features that come with the Touring trim include a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, access to the HondaLink app, and an upgraded speaker system. HondaLink gives you information about your vehicle, including when to schedule mechanic visits, allows you to contact roadside assistance directly from the app, and you can even read the status of your fuel tank and the mileage on your odometer from this app as well. On the standard 2022 Insight, drivers will be treated to an impressive 8-speaker setup that pumps out 180 Watts of power. However, moving up to the Touring gives you two more speakers, a subwoofer for deep bass to travel through your cabin, and 450 Watts of power, a 150% increase over the base speaker system.
If there’s one thing that makes Honda always stand out from the competition is its dedication to safety. New vehicles such as the 2022 Insight come standard with Honda Sensing, which adds over half a dozen of advanced safety features that other manufacturers typically demand a premium for. Starting with Traffic Sign Recognition, a feature that uses front-facing cameras on your Insight to scan the road for signs, whether it’s speed limits, stop signs, and more. Once the camera feed picks up a sign, it’s then displayed on the dashboard so that you can always double-check. These front-facing cameras aren’t solely limited to this feature, however.
The front-facing cameras also help with additional safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and the Road Departure Mitigation System. Adaptive Cruise Control is included with Low-Speed Follow, and once activated, your vehicle will dynamically shift speed to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle that you’re following. Unlike standard cruise control systems, the Insight can intelligently slow down when the traffic is coming to a halt, and the system even allows the vehicle to come to a complete stop, which is quite helpful.
Two safety features that work in tandem with one another and come standard with the Honda Sensing safety suite are the Road Departure Mitigation System and the Lane Keeping Assist System. Starting with the first, the 2022 Insight is equipped with signals that will alert the driver if the vehicle begins drifting off course while traveling on the freeway. If the driver doesn’t respond in time, the vehicle will attempt to nudge your vehicle back onto its correct path, thanks to the Lane Keeping Assist System. Although this feature is a crucial one, it shouldn’t be relied on entirely, and drivers should still practice safe driving on the freeway.
Another feature that comes standard and is highly worth mentioning is the Collision Mitigation Braking System. This system performs two different functions, both of which are of vital importance. The first function is to warn the driver if they’re getting dangerously close to another vehicle - in which case, the system will trigger an alert to the driver. At this point, it’s the driver’s responsibility to hit the brakes, but if the driver can’t react fast enough, the idea of the Collision Mitigation System is to avoid a collision, or at the very least, reduce the severity of the crash. It does this by automatically applying the brakes before the moment of impact. Overall, the Honda Sensing safety suite gives the Insight major appeal, and this is the case for both the lone driver and the family commuter.