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2013 Honda Insight

  • 2013 Honda Insight
  • 2013 Honda Insight
  • 2013 Honda Insight


With our countless technological innovations and legendary, race-inspired engines, Honda has always roared ahead of the curve.

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.

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.

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].

1.3-liter i-VTEC® Engine

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

Integrated Motor Assist IMA®

The IMA® electric motor works in conjunction with the gasoline engine, and supplies additional power and torque[2] 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.

Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters

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

[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.

[2] Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.


Honda is committed to providing safety for everyone—that means crash protection not only for our own drivers and passengers, but also for other vehicle occupants, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. We are dedicated to identifying and implementing advanced designs and features that help enhance the safety of vehicles on the road.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure

The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)®) with Traction Control

VSA[3] can brake individual wheels and/or reduce engine power in the event of oversteer or understeer to help regain the driver's intended path. The system also features a traction control function to help prevent wheelspin during acceleration.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) uses a special modulator to pulse the brakes to help prevent wheel lockup. This helps the driver retain steering control when braking hard. The Electronic Brake Distribution system (EBD) balances the braking forces at each wheel according to how the car is dynamically loaded.

Battery Placement

The solid-cell design and central placement help protect the nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack.

Driver's and Front Passenger's Active Front Head Restraints

In a moderate to severe rear-end impact, the active front head restraints move forward and up, helping reduce the likelihood of neck injury.

Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)

Every Insight is equipped with dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS). One or both of these airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seatbelt usage and/or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to supplement the seatbelts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes.

Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)

In the event of a moderate-to-severe side impact, the side airbag inflates to help protect the driver's or front passenger's upper body. The Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) utilizes sensors in the front passenger's seatback to detect the height and seating position of the occupant. If a child or small-statured adult is leaning into the deployment path of the side airbag, sensors deactivate it.

Outboard Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)

All five seats are equipped with 3-point seat belts. The rear seat features the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) mounting system for use with compatible child seats.

Security System with Remote Entry

Insight LX and EX models are equipped with a security system with remote entry for added security and convenience.

Side Curtain Airbags

The side curtain airbag module is positioned along the side of the headliner. In the event of a sufficient side impact, this system will activate to help provide protection for front and outboard rear occupants.

[3] VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.


Bring your CDs, your MP3s or WMA®s—the Insight is ready.

Audio Accessories
Trim LevelPower (watts)AM/FMCD PlayerMP3/AUX JackMP3/WMA Capability®[4]SpeakersUSB Audio Interface[5]Radio Data System (RDS)
EX160StandardStandardStandardStandard6StandardStandard (without navigation)

[4] Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

[5] The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.


The Value Story

Since the very beginning, one of the main goals at Honda has been to provide reliable, efficient transportation. The 2013 Insight extends this objective into a new era of hybrid technology that is both affordable and accessible to everyone.

One of the ways we've been able to make the Insight so affordable is by leveraging existing technologies we've developed in other models, such as the Civic and the Fit. These technologies include various engine and chassis components. Retaining value while lowering costs requires ingenious and imaginative engineering solutions.

Innovative, Insightful.

The engine is the heart, muscle and brain of any modern automobile and, rightfully, it's the most valuable part. To develop an affordable hybrid, Honda engineers took on the formidable task of cutting the cost of the powertrain while retaining the reliability and performance Honda is known for.

Because Honda engineers focused their cost-cutting measures on the powertrain, they were able to develop the rest of the car in a fashion that still manages to retain value and keep the price tag low. Then again, that's what Honda has always been about—providing more value, efficiency and performance for every dollar.