In the latest issue Consumer Reports tests 22 small cars and hatchbacks and Honda's new Insight only rates a "Good." That might not sound all that bad, but CR usually gives all Hondas an "Excellent" or "Recommended" or "Top Pick" rating.
Out of 22 cars, the Insight is just 21st. The only car to rate lower is the Dodge Caliber… ouch!
"The Insight is the most disappointing Honda Consumer Reports has tested in a long time," said David Champion, senior director of CR's Auto Test Center. "The Insight is a noisy, stiff-riding car with clumsy handling that is nothing like the Fit on which it is based. Also, Electronic Stability Control is only available on the highline EX version."
Still CR did highlight the Insight's fuel-economy at a tested 38 mpg. Honda officially claims 40/43 mpg (city/highway). The car's braking was also cited as a high-point.
The car did not, however, live up to Honda's handling standards, which we suspect has a lot to do with the only semi-independent rear end.
As a result of this the Insight will not receive the Consumer Reports "Recommended" stamp of approval, which is based on test data, predicted reliability and crash testing.
More: Consumer Reports Trash Talks Honda's Insight on AutoGuide.com
Read AutoGuide's review of the 2010 Honda Insight