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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 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.



 

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 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.



 

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 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.



 

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 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.



 

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.