"No Zoom, but Great Mileage."4.5 starson by ducatisa
Pros: We cashed in our clunker for the 2010 Insight. It's a fabulous commuter car. I drive 40+ miles a day and get 43 mpg without even trying. The visibility out the back window is much better than the Prius's and it's much easier to maneuver.
Cons: I love heated seats! I wish they were an option on the Insight. My Mazda 3 has all of the fun goodies like Bose audio, leather seats (that are heated), etc. There is no zoom zoom with the Insight, but you cannot beat the mileage.
Summary: If you are looking for a great, reliable car that gets remarkable mileage and won't break the bank, you should definitely check out the Insight. My last Honda went for 150k+ miles and wasn't well-maintained before I got it. It's fun, it's cool. The whole Econ mode / changing green and blue light thing is neat, especially if you have kids. My 12-year old is constantly pushing buttons to see how "green" my driving is!
This is not a fancy, showy car. It has a surprising amount of room, especially with the back seats folded. We can get an adult-sized bicycle in the back with no problem.
I test drove the Prius a few times and could never convince myself that it was a car I would enjoy driving. The visibility out the back window is horrible, and I knew that would be a constant source of annoyance. Drive the Prius, then drive the Insight. You'll end up with an Insight and more money in your bank account.
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