I think what is getting lost in translation here is his specific issue.
If you come around a 10-15MPH hairpin turn while going up a 5% grade, you're going to have to downshift into 1st. There's no way around it in the Insight. And then winding it back up to ~4000RPM so you can shift into 2nd is going to take some time.
I think that's the real problem here. The Insight definitely isn't geared optimally for this type of use, like he says.
Last edited by Eli; 12-04-2012 at 02:39 PM.