We’ve read and internalized the feedback we get from you, dear reader, and in an attempt to represent more of what people actually drive and to lower the average price of our MT Garage, I did not opt for the fully loaded Touring model, but instead ordered up the midgrade EX trim from Honda’s PR department.
I requested a standard EX in Cosmic Blue with the ivory-colored cloth interior and no additional options. The only accessories I added were the all-season rubber floormats ($195) and trunk tray ($115) because surfing is my jam.
The 2019 Insight EX has an MSRP of $24,060 and destination/handling charges of $895. Add in the mats, and our total ended up at $25,229. What did we get? Critically, a split-folding rear seat! This is the first feature I check for in every loaner car I drive; hybrids often put batteries in the back, making a fold-down seat—and surfboard portage—impossible.
I was also curious to live with two of the most impressive features in Honda’s suite of safety systems: adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and lane keeping assist (which we also profiled in Brian Vance’s yearlong loan with the Honda CR-V). These Honda Sensing systems (along with Nissan‘s ProPilot assist) are some of the most affordable ways to get a glimpse into the future of driver assistance (some say semi-autonomous driving) technologies. With the system engaged on the two-and-a-half-hour, stop-and-go drive back from COTY last year, I touched the brakes but a handful of times.
Other cool standard features: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, remote engine start (which likely won’t get used in sunny Southern California), and a smart key that locks the doors automatically when I walk away.
What standard features did I pass up by not going for the higher Touring grade (which starts at $29,085)? Not much I care for: heated, leather-trimmed front seats, a power moonroof, and the ability to use the Insight as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.
We took delivery of the Insight with just over 400 miles on the odometer, so it needs to get fully broken in before our we slap the Vbox on it and put it through its paces. Look for those results and more Insight insights in the first update.
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