Skip to comments.Honda Insight 1.3 IMA SE Hybrid (Funny Review)
Posted on 05/21/2009 5:41:31 AM PDT by CSM
Its terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. Its the first car Ive ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didnt have to drive it any more...
The Hondas petrol engine is a much-shaved, built-for-economy, low-friction 1.3 that, at full chat, makes a noise worse than someone elses crying baby on an airliner. Its worse than the sound of your parachute failing to open. Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, youd have to sit a dog on a ham slicer...
The nickel for the battery has to come from somewhere. Canada, usually. It has to be shipped to Japan, not on a sailing boat, I presume. And then it must be converted, not in a tree house, into a battery, and then that battery must be transported, not on an ox cart, to the Insight production plant in Suzuka. And then the finished car has to be shipped, not by Thor Heyerdahl, to Britain, where it can be transported, not by wind, to the home of a man with a beard who thinks hes doing the world a favour...
But let me be clear that hybrid cars are designed solely to milk the guilt genes of the smug and the foolish. And that pure electric cars, such as the G-Wiz and the Tesla, dont work at all because they are just too inconvenient...
The only hope I have is that there are enough fools and madmen out there who will buy an Insight to look sanctimonious outside the school gates. And that the cash this generates can be used to develop something a bit more constructive.
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thank you algore
Funny. But expect more of the same from Obama Motors
Dear Chrysler Corp,
Why didn't you build this car 20 years ago? It is a bit late. The wine and chesse crowd wil make you produce gutless pieces of crap in the name of "climate control". What took so long?
The Clarksometer :
Engine 1399cc, four cylinders
Torque 89 lb ft @ 4500rpm
Fuel 64.2mpg (combined)
Acceleration 0-62mph: 12.5sec
Top speed 113mph
Road tax band B (£15 a year)
"Good only for parting the smug from their money"
But let me be clear that hybrid cars are designed solely to milk the guilt genes of the smug and the foolish.
Thank you Mr Clarkson.
“But let me be clear that hybrid cars are designed solely to milk the guilt genes of the smug and the foolish. And that pure electric cars, such as the G-Wiz and the Tesla, dont work at all because they are just too inconvenient... “
Clarkson hates American cars. I’ve seen him really skewer the older Corvette model I own. But this is great stuff. I have newfound respect.
Almost rearended it.
It's called Smartfortwo.
The great fuel mileage is because Honda uses a diesel engine in the European versions of their hybrids that really makes great mpg.
Here in the US, diesel has been effectively killed by the anti-truck crowd.
You don't want to know about the driver.
Just don't a loved one buy one.
Just so you know, Jeremy owns and drives a C6. He is a a real supporter.
Youtube smart car crashes. These things bounce!
You know why, don't ya?
You get two products for the price of one:
1) Pregnant Rollerskate.
heh heh heh .... yeahhhhh.
I sent this to a friend and she told me that he once had an article that stated if we wanted to really improve the safety of cars, then we would remove the brakes and add a big spike to the center of the steering wheel.
I am a new fan.
I need a drool pad for my keyboard...
This would be one much less painful way to get to the new CAFE goal.
But don't forget the $64,000 question... is there enough diesel refinery capacity to make such a wholesale switchover from gas to diesel in a few years?
I was walking along the other day and saw one of these. I instinctively started pointing and laughing. After it passed, I realized how ironic it is that as a pedestrian I was still making fun of that particular vehicle.
—Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, youd have to sit a dog on a ham slicer... —
That’s not a smart car. I mean, seriously, that’s not what kind of car that is. It’s a VW CrossFox mini SUV.
He toasted the Corvettes.
Until the ZR-1 kicked ass on The Ring and on his own test track.
He picked it as his car of the year.
I loved it when he poked his finger into the flimsy plastic rear fascia of the Corvette and compared it to a “boy band”.
“Looks good at first glance, but utterly talentless.”
Then he bought one.
And it was delivered eight months late.
And then it wouldn’t start and had to be shipped back.
And then the NASA-designed car alarm started calling his cell phone at 3am (true).
And then he sold it.
And bought another one.
And sold that.
The Ford GT was, for Clarkson, a lesson in desire, desparation and depression.
Our 98 Ford Contour 5 speed stick shift (4 cylinder) will get nearly that cruising on the freeway.
I saw one of these parked with a For Sale By Owner sign on the rear window.
I thought they ought to have a picture of that in the dictionary under "Buyer's Remorse."
Don’t confuse EPA (sticker) mileage with CAFE mileage.
They are two different animals done under different testing schemes.
Is this the future of NASCAR?
Now that’s a nice car, and I am (was) a Chevy man.
Yes, but my point is - regardless of which standard you use - you get about 75-80% of the way there, just by switching to these small, high-tech diesels.
Wow! I bet the ME had to scrape various parts of the driver off a thousand different pieces.
My motorcycle makes more HP than that. And it is a 750cc engine.
One of the smug drivers of those little tin cans (or is it a plastic can?) drove in my blind spot for 20 minutes (these toy car drivers need to realize that when your car is really small the other driver’s blind spot is comparably huge). It’s so darned small that I could barely see it out of the window of my minivan. These cars are accidents waiting to happen.
Nope, just a cotton swab for DNA to identify and then bury the whole thing at the funeral.
My boss, a huge guy, maybe 6’-3” tall and wide shoulders, commutes daily in one of these things. I think he drives about 40 miles each way. Yikes!
OK, think this through. If EVERYBODY drove the car you describe, we would just barely meet the new Obama standard. If one person bought a 12 mpg SUV, you no longer meet your CAFE requirements.
So, to meet the corporate efficiency standard, each SUV will require the car company to sell about 10 cars at 45 mpg or 100 cars at 42 mpg.
Folks, this new action by the commie has effectively outlawed any car or truck or SUV below 30 - 32 mpg. Big V8s are gone. Large 6's are gone. Most cars and trucks will have to be high turbocharged diesels with 4 bangers.
Your freedom to choose a product that you personally like, that will protect you and your family, is GONE.
I agree with you about the loss of freedom, though. We have enough federal regulations in this country now that a mid-size library can't even hold them all, and every one is a loss of freedom.
Low flush toilets. Banning of conventional incandescent light bulbs. And millions upon millions more.
This experiment in freedom has run it's course.
Now we have two choices for our next experiment. Servitude and slavery, or revolution, and death (for many). We should have tried freedom a little longer.
Every time the muscle cars get good, the government comes along and pees in the soup.
The Fortwo will go a whole lot faster than 50 MPH. At least they do in Germany.
Just sayin’ what I drove up on ... I was sorta’ fixated on this go cart in my way, and the hammer lane was full ... so I had to slow down ..... a LOT.
Let’s see, I can give my money to a Japanese car company or to Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Venezuela. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!
I ran into a sorta similar situation with a Jaguar this morning. One lane only, commute time, and they were WAY under the limit.
BTW, our new GE dishwasher won't dry the dishes and the new Kohler faucet on the kitchen sink takes forever to fill the sink with water. GE told me it's because of federal regs that reduced the power of the heaters by half to save energy. It sure does save energy because the damn dishes are still wet when the cycle is finished. And I can't find the hidden flow restrictor in the faucet.
I sure miss the good old days when companies thrived or died on how well they me consumer needs, not how well they served their government masters. I can only imagine what it will be like 25 or 50 years hence.