All 2011 Insights now come with electronic stability control standard; it was only available on the EX trim last year.
The LX trim adds cruise control, a USB input, center armrest storage, security system and floormats to its standard features list.
The EX trim now has steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, which was exclusive to the EX with Navigation trim last year. Besides that, the EX remains unchanged, with alloy wheels, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The 2011 Honda Insight is rated at 40/43/41 mpg city/highway/combined, which is 9 mpg less than the Prius’ combined city/highway mileage of 50 mpg, but with $4,600 now separating the two models, the Insight might be a more attractive purchase for some.
I have a 10 ex and my wife has an 11 base. The 2011 feels overall a little tighter, a little quieter, a little bit better put together. Probably running changes in the assembly line. The AUTO STOP stays off a lot longer than my 2010. It feels like the engine programming is a little different in the way the motor assist operates. If I had it to do over again, I would have also bought a 2011. We bought our insights at the same time. My EX NAV was had at a pretty good deal at the beginning of 2011.
Forgot to mention, I had the programming updated last month. There were updates for the engine, IMA, and transmission. It is a different car, MUCH better drivability all around. Still has the short idle stop, but otherwise a huge improvement.
Is there any way to confirm if the vehicle has been updated at all or do you have to just take it in? My 2010 was purchased this past December and while I'd hope the dealer would put all the updates on, the ride is a bit jerky in spots--making me feel like it might not have been updated.
You have to take it in. It gets plugged into Honda's server and if there are updates available, they can be uploaded. Mine were done under warranty. I'd pay for it if I had to. Big difference in running.
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