New Car Profile of the 2004 Honda Insight Sport Coupe
Description: Sport Coupe
Base MSRP Range: $19,180-$21,380
Invoice Price Range: $17,917-$19,969
The unique Honda coupe looks daring due to its slick shell featuring a prominent nose, windswept windshield, flat side panels with skirts covering rear wheelwells and a rear section that tapers in flanks to a blunt tail. It's a daring concept too with body weight pared through a lightweight aluminum frame and, to maximize fuel efficiency, both a modest three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor are under the hood and working together to produce high fuel economy figures -- up to 68 mpg with the manual five-speed transmission.
In the comfortable cockpit, twin high-back bucket seats stand on either side of a center console, with ample space for body parts, including a generous stretch for legs. Convenience features range from power controls for windows and door locks to remote releases for fuel door and hatch.
A CD deck linked to four speakers now stand on the list of standard equipment for Insight, and a new paint color -- Navy Blue Pearl -- replaces Monte Carlo Blue Pearl.