2013 Honda Insight Hybrid hailed as most affordable hybrid in the US

Honda is talking up its 2013 Insight Hybrid that it claims is the most affordable hybrid in the United States. The pricing for 2013 is unchanged from the 2012 model and the hybrid starts at $18,500. Honda notes that the 2013 model will go on sale on September 18.

The vehicle is a five-door hybrid that offers 41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway, and combined EPA fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. The 2013 Insight is offered in three different models, including the base Insight featuring a 160 W audio system, automatic climate control, power windows, and more. The Insight LX adds a USB audio interface, cruise control, RMS console, formats, security system, and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

The Insight EX adds alloy wheels, a six speaker audio system, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, Bluetooth hands-free system, automatic headlights, and leather wrapped steering wheel. The EX version also has an optional satellite navigation system and rearview camera. The powertrain for the vehicle includes a 1.3-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor.

The combined gasoline and electric power generates 98 HP at 5800 RPMs and 123 pound-foot of torque. The powertrain utilizes a continuously variable transmission to optimize torque and efficiency. For 2013, slight changes are made to the exterior the vehicle to improve aerodynamic performance. All Insight models are subject to a $790 destination charge.