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Efficient by Design: A Closer Look at the Green Technologies and Innovations Inside the 2013 Honda Insight

Last updated 5 years ago

The new Honda Insight boasts award-winning resale value, 44-mpg highway fuel economy, and an astoundingly low starting price. Examine the features of the 2013 Honda Insight in greater detail to get a better idea of what makes it such an efficient car.

1.3-Liter i-VTEC Engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)

The Honda Insight’s power is supplied by a 98-horsepower powertrain that consists of a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and a thin, lightweight IMA electric motor. In order to increase efficiency, these two motors were designed to work in tandem while producing as little friction as possible.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

To further increase efficiency, the 2013 Honda Insight comes with a CVT—essentially, a gearless automatic transmission. Instead of a typical automatic transmission, which has a set number of gears, the Honda Insight’s CVT features a metal push belt and a dual-pulley system that adjusts the gear ratio as you drive to provide the best balance between performance and efficiency.  

ECON Button and Eco Assist

Press the ECON Button on a 2013 Honda Insight and the car’s systems will go into energy-saving mode, which effectively adjusts the transmission, air conditioning, throttle control, and cruise control system in order to save you as much fuel as possible. Pressing this button will also engage a system called Eco Assist, which uses color signals to indicate how efficiently you are braking and accelerating in your Honda Insight.

Innovative Shape, Style

The Honda Insight features a hatchback design that’s aerodynamically efficient and attractive. To increase visibility and allow as much light into the cabin as possible, Honda designed the rear hatch with plenty of glass.

To get behind the wheel of a brand-new Honda Insight, come to Brown’s Honda City of Glen Burnie, just outside of Baltimore. Find out more about how much you can save on fuel costs by calling our dealership at (443) 354-4091 or visiting our website.


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