2014 HONDA INSIGHT: Honda’s Insight hybrid for 2014 is the most affordable hybrid for sale in the US, with an MSPR starting at $18,725. The Insight three distinct models start with the value-oriented base model that is simply designated as "Insight." Next, is the LX trim level, and the top-tier Insight EX. Honda's Insight and Insight LX models have 15-inch wheel covers and the Insight EX sport unique-styled 15-inch alloy wheels. All five-door models offer versatility with the 60/40 split rear seatbacks fold down to create a large 31.5 cubic-foot cargo space and make it easy to mix passengers and cargo. The Insight LX come fitted in premium seat fabric, while the Insight EX is upholstered with a combination of synthetic leather and premium fabric. Excellent city/highway/combined rating of 41/44/42 mpg is due to an Integrated Motor Assist system comprised of a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline four-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor. The combination develops 98 horsepower to the front-wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that increases MPG. On EX models, the steering wheel includes paddle shifters, which allow manually shifting though a range of seven fixed ratios for a sporty driving experience. Additional electronic marvels available on the Honda Insight are the satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, a rearview camera and drive-by-wire throttle system. Chicago Auto Show Fact: Honda first displayed a hybrid vehicle prototype in Chicago at the 1999 show, and used it to educate consumers about what to expect from future hybrid vehicles. The following year, the 2000 Honda Insight became the first 21st century gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle sold in the United States.
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