Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Honda Insight - Best. Review. Ever.

The Insight is Honda's attempt to jump on the Prius bandwagon. You know, the smug I'm-saving-the-planet-aren't-I-awesome bandwagon. The POS even LOOKS like a damn Prius.

Jeremy Clarkson of Times Online (that would be the online edition of the Times of London) takes the Insight apart in such a way that, whether you're a car aficionado or not, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wet yourself when you read his review. Excerpts won't do it justice; however, let me whet your interest with this.

Much has been written about the Insight, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid. We’ve been told how much carbon dioxide it produces, how its dashboard encourages frugal driving by glowing green when you’re easy on the throttle and how it is the dawn of all things. The beginning of days.

So far, though, you have not been told what it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place.

So here goes. It’s terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didn’t have to drive it any more.
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And the sound is worse. The Honda’s petrol engine is a much-shaved, built-for-economy, low-friction 1.3 that, at full chat, makes a noise worse than someone else’s crying baby on an airliner. It’s worse than the sound of your parachute failing to open. Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, you’d have to sit a dog on a ham slicer.

So you’re sitting there with the engine screaming its head off, and your ears bleeding, and you’re doing only 23mph because that’s about the top speed, and you’re thinking things can’t get any worse, and then they do because you run over a small piece of grit.

Because the Honda has two motors, one that runs on petrol and one that runs on batteries, it is more expensive to make than a car that has one. But since the whole point of this car is that it could be sold for less than Toyota’s Smugmobile, the engineers have plainly peeled the suspension components to the bone. The result is a ride that beggars belief.
Read the article for yourself. You'll get a laugh for sure.