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Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Every 2012 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.

Plus, the 2012 Insight has been revised and streamlined for even better fuel economy.

[1] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.

[2] 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your 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. 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. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your 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.
1.3-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. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your 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.

[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.