2010 Honda Insight EX - Overview


A wide range of extras for driver and passengers

The Insight EX offers a range of extras that enhance performance, utility and appearance. Premium features include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and cruise control. Driver and passengers alike will appreciate the 6 speakers (including 2 tweeters) and USB audio* interface. Inside, the Insight EX includes a center console with armrest and storage compartment, seat back pockets, map and glove compartment lights and driver- and passenger-side vanity mirrors for extra utility, while outside it offers turn signal-equipped door mirrors with heating and defrost and variable intermittent wipers for extra convenience in rough weather. 15-inch alloy wheels nicely complement the new Insight’s sporty look. For precise guidance on the roads, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® is also available.

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition
  • Available (with navigation) Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Cruise control
  • 6 speakers (2 tweeters added)
  • USB audio interface
  • Center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Seat back pockets
  • Map lights
  • Glove compartment lights
  • Driver- and passenger-side vanity mirrors
  • Turn signal-integrated side mirrors with heat and defrost
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • 15-inch alloy wheels

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Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™

The Insight EX is available with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with a 6.5-inch touch screen display. The voice recognition system is capable of recognizing and inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 600 standard commands. Turn-by-turn voice guidance is user selectable in either male or female voice and can be turned off at any time. Destination memory recalls current trip addresses and previous destinations. A calendar and calculator with imperial-to-metric converter are standard. The navigation system can be controlled by the driver through the voice recognition system, the touch screen display, or the joystick on the instrument panel.

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Steering wheel–mounted paddle shifters

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters deliver direct, seven-speed access to the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for quick, precise, racing-inspired shifting control. The two paddles are located on the right and left of the steering wheel and allow the driver to shift up or down for added control. The transmission provides two shifting patterns: Drive and Sport. When the Insight’s main shifter is in normal Drive mode (D), the left paddle shifter can be used to downshift. The transmission reverts to fully automatic mode whenever it senses the driver has returned to cruising. An indicator in the tachometer informs the driver what gear the vehicle is in and blinks when downshifting is not possible. Sport mode (S) gives the driver complete command, remaining in the selected gear until the driver elects to change it manually, for maximum control during spirited driving.

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Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)

Available on the Insight EX, the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an electronic stability control system that works together with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Traction Control System (TCS) to enhance vehicle controllability in oversteer or understeer situations. VSA® applies finely modulated brake force to one or more wheels independently to help the driver keep the vehicle on the intended travel path. Drive-by-Wire™ (DBW) is also called upon to control the throttle and regulate engine torque if needed.

Oversteer mitigation

Should sudden steering or throttle input induce the rear wheels to slip toward the outside of the curve in an oversteer situation, the system applies braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract this unwanted yaw motion and restore vehicle stability.

Understeer mitigation

Should the front wheels begin to slide toward the outside of the turn in an understeer situation, engine torque is decreased and braking force is applied to the inside rear wheel to help keep the vehicle on the intended travel path.

Launch/traction mitigation

When on road surfaces with different left/right grip level, engine torque is decreased and braking force applied to the wheel on the surface with the lower grip to help prevent wheel spin, increasing acceleration off the line or traction on an upward slope. If during startup one of the drive wheels starts to lose traction, the system regulates engine torque and provides optimal brake force distribution to control wheel spin. The system optimizes brake force distribution to all four wheels for improved stability under braking, even on road surfaces with different left/right grip level.

Brake Control

The system optimizes brake force distribution to all four wheels for improved stability under braking even on road surfaces with different left/right grip level.

Center console with armrest and storage compartment

The center console of the Insight EX features an armrest for extra comfort, USB connectivity for an iPod and a storage compartment for CDs, DVDs and other items. A band under the armrest cover holds sunglasses or other small items.

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15-inch alloy wheels

The premium 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels of the Insight EX have a sporty, aggressive-looking seven-spoke design that gives a feeling of extra size. Sharp lines add a feeling of momentum, while the deeply carved concave surfaces provide a striking machined look and contribute to weight reduction.

* The USB audio interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA®, or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your dealer for details on compatibility.

** iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod not included.

2010 Honda Insight Pricing and EPA Data

Model Transmission MSRP* EPA** City/Hwy/Combined
Insight LX CVT $19,800 40/43/41
Insight EX CVT $21,300 40/43/41
Insight EX with Navigation CVT $23,100 40/43/41
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $710.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary
**Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2010 Honda Insight Specifications and Features

Engine Type In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (L/cc) 1.3/1339 1.3/1339
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net, combined gasoline engine + IMA motor) 98 @ 5800 98 @ 5800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 123 @ 1000 - 1500 123 @ 1000 - 1500
Redline (rpm) 6200 6200
Bore and Stroke (mm) 73 x 80 73 x 80
Compression Ratio 10.8 : 1 10.8 : 1
Valve Train 8-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® 8-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Multi-Point Fuel Injection
Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System
Front-Wheel Drive
Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist ™)
Emissions Rating AT-PZEV / ULEV AT-PZEV / ULEV
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer
100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups*
* Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. May vary with driving conditions. See your owner's manual for more details. ** AT-PZEV models are certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and are available in California and certain states that adopted the CARB certification standards (CA, CT, MA, ME, NJ, NY, OR, RI, VT). ULEV-rated in all other states.

DC Brusless Motor*
Power Output @ rpm, kW (hp) 10 (13) @ 1500 10 (13) @ 1500
Torque @rpm (lb-ft.) 123 @ 1000 - 1700 123 @ 1000 - 1700
*Note: Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Battery
Output (Volts) 100.8 100.8
Rated Capacity (ampere-hours) 5.75 5.75

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Paddle Shifter System
Gear Ratios: 3.172~0.529, Reverse: 4.511~1.693, Final Drive: 4.20

Unit-Body Construction
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Torsion-Beam Rear Suspension
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front) 18.0 / 16.0 18.0 / 16.0
Electric Power-Assisted
Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock 3.29 3.29
Steering Ratio 16.73 16.73
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft) 36.1 36.1
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front
Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in, front/rear)
10.3 / 7.9 10.3 / 7.9
Wheels 15" with Full Covers 15" Alloy
All-Season Tires 175 / 65 R15 84S 175 / 65 R15 84S
Compact Spare Tire

Wheelbase (in) 100.4 100.4
Length (in) 172.3 172.3
Height (in) 56.2 56.2
Width (in) 66.7 66.7
Track (in, front/rear) 58.7 / 58.1 58.7 / 58.1
Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2727 / 2734 (Navi)
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear) 58/42 58/42

Headroom (in, front/rear) 38.4 / 35.9 38.4 / 35.9
Legroom (in, front/rear) 42.3 / 33.5 42.3 / 33.5
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear) 52.7 / 50.4 52.7 / 50.4
Hiproom (in, front/rear) 51.6 / 48.7 51.6 / 48.7
Cargo Volume (cu ft, seat up/down) 15.9 / 31.5 15.9 / 31.5
Passenger Volume (cu ft) 85.0 85.0
Seating Capacity 5 5

CVT (City/Highway/Combined) 40/43/41 40/43/41
Crankcase (qt) 4.0 4.0
Coolant System (qt) 5.3 5.3
Fuel (gal) 10.6 10.6
Required Fuel Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
*Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
Adjustable Front Seat Belt Anchors
Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat Belt Reminder
Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side
Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side Curtain Airbags
Driver's and Front Passenger's
Active Head Restraints
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
Body Structure
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
with Traction Control

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Side-Impact Door Beams
Outboard Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH)
Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System

Roof-Mounted Antenna
Security System with Remote Entry
Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors Heated with Integrated Turn Indicators
2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers Variable
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored Bumpers
Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Blue-Tinted Chrome Bezels
Tinted Glass
Body-Colored Door Handles
LED Brakelights

Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
with Voice Recognition

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
with Navigation
Power Windows with
Auto-Up/Down Driver's Window
Illuminated Window Switches Driver's window only
Power Door Locks
Cruise Control
Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Cruise Controls
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio, Navigation and Phone Controls
with Navigation
Beverage Holders 8 6
Center Console with Armrest and Storage Compartment
Door-Pocket Storage Bins, Front
Driver- and Passenger-Side Seatback Pockets
Driver's and Front Passenger's Vanity Mirrors
Map Lights
12-Volt Power Outlet
Cargo Area Light

Reclining Front Seatbacks
Adjustable Head Restraints
60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback

160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 4 Speakers with 6 Speakers
Radio Data System (RDS) without Navigation
MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA)
Playback Capability
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
USB Audio Interface
CD Text Display Capability
Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)

ABS Indicator
Airbag System Indicator
Blue Backlit Gauges
Brake System Indicator
Charging System Indicator
Coolant Temperature Indicators
Cruise Control Indicators
Door/Trunk-Open Indicator
DRL Indicator
ECON Button
EPS Indicator
Fuel Level Indicator
Headlight-On Indicator
High-Beam Indicator
Idle-Stop Indicator
IMA Charge and Assist Indicator
IMA System Indicator
Immobilizer System Indicator
Low Tire-Pressure Indicator
Low-Fuel Indicator
Low-Oil Pressure Indicator
Maintenance Minder Indicator
Passenger-Side Side Airbag-Off Indicator
Seat Belt Reminder Indicator
Security System Indicator
TPMS Indicator
Two-Tier Instrument Panel
VSA System and Off Indicators

Multi-Information Display (MID) LX EX
Average Fuel Economy Indicators (2)
Average Speed Indicator
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
with Navigation
Digital Fuel-Mileage Indicators
Digital Odometer and Digital Trip Meters (2)
ECO Guide
Elapsed Time Indicator
Exterior Temperature Indicator
IMA Charge and Assist Indicator
IMA System Power Flow Indicator
Maintenance Minder™ System
Miles-to-Empty Indicator