Honda's Insight hybrid is back for the 2021 model year, and it bears a few notable upgrades. For one, instead of the LaneWatch rear-facing camera that was previously available on the EX and Touring trim levels, the 2021 Honda Insight now offers a traditional blind-spot monitoring system. When the system senses that a car is on either side of the vehicle's blind spot, it will illuminate a warning light to let you know that it's hidden from your line of sight. The former LaneWatch system could only provide a blind-spot view on the passenger's side, so this technology leap is a considerable improvement. On the aesthetic front, there's a new vibrant paint color known as Radiant Red Metallic, which should be popular with those who prefer bold colors.

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Trims and Mechanical Elements


The front-wheel-drive 2021 Honda Insight will be offered in LX, EX, and Touring trim levels, all set in motion by the combination of a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor system. This system's total horsepower registers at 151, and all three trims use the same electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). The LX and EX both achieve an EPA-estimated 55 mpg around town and 49 mpg on the highway, while the Touring returns 51 city/45 highway. It remains one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids available, not to mention one of the most attractive.


Amenities, Tech and Safety


The base LX comes with a good array of standard features, which includes LED headlights and taillights, heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, push-button ignition, a fold-down rear seatback, and a backup camera. The EX adds Smart Entry with Walk-Away Auto Lock, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a rear-seat center armrest. At the top of the range, the Touring loads up on the desirable features with rain-sensing wipers, LED turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors, exterior chrome accents, a moonroof, LED fog lights, remote start, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated power-adjustable front seats, and leather-upholstered seats.


The Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist features is found on all versions of the 2021 Honda Insight. This excellent technology bundle includes collision mitigation braking, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Every trim also receives automatic high beams, but the EX and Touring also get with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.


The base infotainment system in the LX has a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a front console USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. The EX upgrades things with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite and HD radio, an extra front console USB port, SMS text message functions, HondaLink, and an eight-speaker audio system. The Touring rounds out the list of features with a premium 10-speaker audio system, integrated navigation, HondaLink subscription services, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.