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Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Every Insight features a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Similar to an automatic transmission, CVT is an advanced transmission that substitutes the gears found in more traditional transmissions and replaces them with a metal push-belt running between a pair of variable-width pulleys. Combined with the Drive-by-Wire throttle system, the CVT constantly adjusts to provide the most efficient drive ratio possible depending on torque load[1]. Honda's CVT provides better fuel economy[2] and acceleration when compared to a conventional transmission.

[1] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.

[2] 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg rating. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



 

Eco Assist™

The Insight comes equipped with fuel-efficiency[1] enhancement technology called Eco Assist™. Push the dash-mounted ECON button to modify various vehicle systems, minimize energy use and increase fuel efficiency[1]. A sophisticated feedback system uses ambient color behind the speedometer to indicate how efficiently[1] you’re driving. An Eco Display provides feedback on braking and acceleration. Plus, Eco Score provides ongoing support.

[1] 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg rating. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



 

ECON Button

Pushing the dash-mounted ECON button modifies various vehicle systems to help minimize the vehicle’s overall energy use—and maximize fuel efficiency[1].

[1] 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg rating. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



 

1.3-liter i-VTEC® Engine

The Insight features a highly efficient[1] 1.3-liter, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine.

[1] 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg rating. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.



 

Integrated Motor Assist IMA®

The IMA® electric motor works in conjunction with the gasoline engine, and supplies additional power and torque[1] in assist mode. The motor's ultra-thin design allows it to be mounted between the engine and the transmission. The motor also functions as the generator for the IMA® system during deceleration, and as a starter, quickly spinning the engine up to idle speed.

2011 Insight shown.

[1] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.



 

Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters

On EX models, the steering wheel includes paddle shifters, which allow the driver to shift the car manually.