Honda Insight Gets Bad CR Review

The acclaimed Honda Insight hybrid seems not to be to the liking of Consumer Reports (CR) engineers who, after testing the vehicle, came to the conclusion that its only worth-mentioning achievement is the 38 mpg (6.1l/100 km) overall fuel economy.

Overall, the Insight scored "good" in CR testing for August. The Insight achieved an excellent 38 mpg overall in CR's tests but fell short in ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration, rear-seat, access and visibility or, for short, in every other detail that counts.

"The Insight is the most disappointing Honda Consumer Reports has tested in a long time. The Insight is a noisy, stiff-riding car with clumsy handling that is nothing like the Fit on which it is based. Also, Electronic Stability Control is only available on the high-line EX version," David Champion, CR director said after releasing the results.

Honda's Insight managed to get only the 21st place out of 22 vehicles in the chart of small hatchbacks and wagons, with 54 points. Only the Dodge Challenger did worse, as it came in last with 49 points.

For August, Consumer Reports tested a total of six wagons and hatchbacks, including the improved Chevrolet HHR and the soon to be discontinued Pontiac Vibe. Both the Chevy and the Vibe received very good ratings. Another hatchback tested, the Mazda3, also scored very good in CR testing.

The remaining two, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen and Hyundai Elantra Touring scored within a point of each other and received Very Good ratings.

Will this affect Insight's image or not, is too soon to say. But the fierce fight between it and the Prius has now become even more so...
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