It's hard to find a single gadget to talk about when it comes to Honda's Insight because the whole car is actually a gadget itself. Most of these toys are actually more or less related to the hybrid system, but the Insight also comes equipped with some other “independent” features.
The spaceship-like dashboard is more like a videogame. It keeps the driver up to date with the latest stats regarding the car, but also rewards him every time he saves the planet. Sort of... The hybrid system also includes a plant graphic that's turned on once the ECON mode is activated. If the driver controls the car more economically and takes care of the environment, the plant grows leaves and, at the end, it turns itself into a flower.
The speedometer comes with two background colors: blue and green. If we'd ask Lewis Hamilton to testdrive the Insight, we'll most likely have a blue background, as a result of his sporty way to handle a car. Or, you could ask your grandma to take the Insight for a ride and you'll surely see green, as a reward for her attention for the planet. For us, it was a mixed color, as we were driving the car in both modes, just to see what the Insight was up to.
Leaving all these hybrid goodies aside, we also got a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 audio playback, an auxiliary audio input jack and Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). The USB port is mounted inside the armrest so yes, the audio system also supports playback from USB devices.
Unfortunately, there was no navigation system available, but such a feature is actually offered as an option. We however received paddle shifters, which are less exciting since the power is somewhat limited, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, power windows, xenon headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels.Continue reading