Changes Coming for the 2014 Honda Insight
The hybrid market is a tough place. Fuel-savvy drivers are on the hunt for a vehicle that simultaneously is both affordable and fuel efficient. Engineers at Honda have heard the call and are answering it. Honda is making the Insight Hybrid an even more attractive bargain for the 2014 model year with a strong list of changes planned, changes that should help to propel it to the head of the market. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store.
Honda’s Reputation for Efficiency
Honda is consistently regarded as one of the most fuel-efficient brands available. Popular models like the 2013 Accord and Civic are helping to lead their classes in fuel savings, helping drivers to slash their monthly fuel costs and consumptions. The 2013 Honda Insight itself has a highway fuel economy of 44 mpg*.
That may change for the better in the near future, though. Honda is giving the Insight a substantial overhaul to the whole body. Speculation is that the Insight will shrink in size for next year, and thus increase its fuel efficiency. We’re also anticipating a price decrease. While we can’t say for sure when we’ll see it, we’re anticipating it by late this year or early next year.
The 2014 Insight Should Stiff Arm the Competition
The new Insight’s smaller size and lower price tag should put it in a perfect position to overtake the Prius C, the subcompact model of the Prius. Despite being smaller than the standard Prius, the Prius C doesn’t cost much less. This puts both models well above the Insight in terms of cost. We’re thinking a comparable fuel economy and a lower price tag will make the Insight a very attractive alternative to other hybrids its size.
There is speculation that the new Insight will take advantage of Honda’s new 1.5L four-cylinder engine, as well as Honda’s seven-speed gear box. All of this means better fuel economy, which should make it a very attractive pick over the Prius C.
All of these changes should be ready for the 2014 model release. We can’t say for sure when we’ll be getting the 2014 Insight, but watch for it in the future at Middletown Honda.
* 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.