What Those with Hybrid Automotive Technology Training Should Know About the 2020 Honda Insight
For those just beginning to learn about hybrid automotive technology, and for those who are already familiar with it, there’s a lot to love about the Honda Insight hybrid.
The Insight is similar to the Honda Civic sedan, with a few distinct differences (most notably in the engine department). The 2020 version has a few new and interesting additions, while continuing to boast low emissions standards and a family-friendly sedan design. Read on to learn more about the 2020 Honda Insight!
Quick Facts About Honda’s New Hybrid for Those in Hybrid Automotive Technology Training
Honda’s 2020 Insight boasts a horsepower of 151, 197 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 time of 7.7 seconds. While they aren’t supercar numbers, they make the Insight around as fast as its conventionally powered and hybrid competitors.
With gasoline-electric hybrid cars such as the Insight, a smaller gasoline engine is used in tandem with an electric motor, which can act as both a motor and a generator by taking energy from the batteries for acceleration. The Insight is able to run on just its electric motor for almost two kilometers at slower speeds. However, as those with hybrid automotive technology training might expect, as soon as the speed increases, the gasoline engine will begin to fire up. The Insight has a conventional transmission, similar to the kind of transmission you might see on a non-hybrid vehicle. Prices for the 2020 Insight, which comes in three variants (the EX, LX, and Touring), start at around $30,200 CAD.
Fuel Efficiency and Reduced Emissions: A Selling Point
As a hybrid, the Honda Insight operates with less fuel consumption and fewer emissions. The 2020 Insight has emissions ratings as low as 115 g/km CO2. That’s pretty good when compared to other similar vehicles. In fact, the segment average is 180 g/km CO2.
Its fuel economy is 4.6 L/100 km in the city and 5.3 L/100 km on the highway, which is also pretty impressive. Those in automotive certification courses may be interested to know that these ratings make the Insight competitive with the Toyota Prius and other hybrid models of its size.
Interior and Exterior Features of the Honda Insight
The compact, four-door Insight sedan features a push-button start, keyless entry, and a 5.0- or 8.0-inch infotainment display (depending on the model) equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Insight, although similar to the Honda Civic, is a bit more high-end in its interior finish. Meanwhile, its exterior, akin to a conventional sedan, could trick a driver into thinking that it wasn’t even a hybrid.
The 2020 Honda Insight is part of the move towards more fuel-efficient vehicles. Its use of hybrid technology makes it an accessible, family-friendly sedan that also boasts great emissions standards. While it’s no luxury car, it does have some pretty nifty things to offer. If you make your career working on hybrid cars, this could be a model that you come across fairly often.
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