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Hey, I am getting my first car in a few months, and i am really interested in the Insight. I have always been a fan of light cars that handle well and get good gas mileage, but I have been afraid of the hybrid Idea.

So my first question is, does it REALLY drive like a normal car? I know all the magazines and new articles say it does, but I would like a user to tell me from first hand experiance.

Second, I am a big kid, I'm 6'6 with an inseam of 34. How well am i going to fit in the insight? Inoticed it has 42.9 inches of legroom, which is 6 tenths better than my dad's car which i can drive comfortably but measurements arent always a good judge of things like that.

Third, It is VERY hard to find these things used! what is your advice on buying one? What common things should i check? How can i tell if it's been beaten on?

And finally, how many other younger kids (16,17,18) are there out there that drive insights?

thanks.
-Bartizek
 

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Hey, I am getting my first car in a few months, and i am really interested in the Insight. I have always been a fan of light cars that handle well and get good gas mileage, but I have been afraid of the hybrid Idea.

So my first question is, does it REALLY drive like a normal car? I know all the magazines and new articles say it does, but I would like a user to tell me from first hand experiance.

Second, I am a big kid, I'm 6'6 with an inseam of 34. How well am i going to fit in the insight? Inoticed it has 42.9 inches of legroom, which is 6 tenths better than my dad's car which i can drive comfortably but measurements arent always a good judge of things like that.

Third, It is VERY hard to find these things used! what is your advice on buying one? What common things should i check? How can i tell if it's been beaten on?

And finally, how many other younger kids (16,17,18) are there out there that drive insights?

thanks.
-Bartizek
Hi Bartizek,

Yes, the Insight drives like a normal car. Obiously the engine shuts off when you come to a stop, but other than that it behaves normally.

Regarding your size, I think you *might* fit in the Insight. I'm 6'3" with a 34" inseam, and I fit well. I have plenty of leg room, and plent of headroom. I would highly recommend that you sit in one before making a decision though.

To find one used I would recommend searching AutoTrader.com on a regular basis. You can also find new ones on there from time to time. That's how I found mine a few months ago.

Good luck.
 

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Yes it does drive like a normal car. If you didn't have the extra low end torque or the Chrg/Asst gauge on the dash you'd possibly never notice any difference. I've let a few other people drive my car and they all have commented how "conventional" an experience it was.

The interior portions are very good for such a small car. Deffinitely sit in one before buying, but I don't think you'll find it to be too big of a deal. I recently obtained a project car, which is a 92 Saturn SC2 (more to come on this project soon, you guys will like it) and I'm noticing that sadly the Insight has much more room than the Saturn.

For your last question, I was 18 when I got mine. 21 Now.
 
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