I Have Bad News About The Original Honda Insight

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I have always loved the original Honda Insight, mostly because assumed these cars were more fun to drive than their economy spec suggested. It’s a manual, aluminum two-seater from Honda. It has to be a driver’s car, right? Oh no.

Regular Car Reviews just drove one of these things and the only similar car he could think of to relate it to was............a Chevy Cavalier.

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Oh.

Oh no.

My Insight dreams......dashed.

In Honda’s pursuit of absolute economy, the little three-cylinder engine loathes to rev and the transmission fights every shift. The drivetrain just wants you to short shift, to hypermile.

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Oh well, I guess I can cross one of these off my dream car list. At least, until I find one with a K20 swap for sale.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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The cars optimized to do one thing and one thing only. To be honest this is a breath of fresh air compared to alot of auto manufactures that try to make a car with the mentality to do all things well, but make a marginal car at best. I’m talking to you Fwd small->medium sized SUVs that do nothing well.