The Honda Insight (Japanese: ホンダ・インサイト, Honda Insaito) is a hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured and marketed by Honda in its first generation as a two-door, two passenger liftback (1999–2006) and in its second generation as a four-door, five passenger liftback (2009–2014). In its third generation, it became a four-door sedan (2019–present). It was Honda's first model with Integrated Motor Assist system and the most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car available in the U.S. without plug-in capability — for the length of its production run.
EPA estimates for the first-generation Insight were 61 City/70 Highway/65 Combined, under then-current EPA standards. Subsequent EPA standards reduced the estimates to 49 City/61 Highway/53 Combined.
Honda introduced the second-generation Insight in Japan in February 2009 and in the United States on March 24, 2009. The Insight was the least expensive hybrid available in the US. In December 2010, Honda introduced a less expensive base model for the 2011 model year. The Insight was launched April 2009 in the UK as the lowest priced hybrid on the market and became the best selling hybrid for the month.
The Insight ranked as the top-selling vehicle in Japan for the month of April 2009, a first for a hybrid model. During its first twelve months after first available in the Japanese market, the second-generation Insight sold 143,015 units around the world. In July 2014 Honda announced the end of production of the Insight for the 2015 model, together with the Honda FCX Clarityhydrogen fuel-cell car and the Honda Fit EVelectric car.
First generation (ZE1; 1999)
Based on the Honda J-VX concept car unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, the Insight was introduced in Japan in November 1999 as the first production vehicle to feature Honda's Integrated Motor Assist system. In the following month, December 1999, Insight became the first hybrid available in North America, followed seven months later by the Toyota Prius.
The Insight featured optimized aerodynamics and a lightweight aluminum structure to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize emissions. As of 2014, the first generation Insight still ranks as the most fuel-efficient United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified gasoline-fueled vehicle, with a highway rating of 61 miles per US gallon (3.9 L/100 km; 73 mpg‑imp) and combined city/highway rating of 53 miles per US gallon (4.4 L/100 km; 64 mpg‑imp).
The Honda Insight is a subcompact liftback 3,945 mm (155.3 in) in length with a wheelbase of 2,400 mm (94.5 in) a height of 1,355 mm (53.3 in) and a width of 1,695 mm (66.7 in). The first-generation Insight was manufactured as a two-seater, launching in a single trim level with a manual transmission and optional air conditioning. In the second year of production two trim levels were available: manual transmission with air conditioning, and continuously variable transmission (CVT) with air conditioning. The only major change during its life span was the introduction of a trunk-mounted, front-controlled, multiple-disc CD changer.
In addition to its hybrid drive system, the Insight was small, light and streamlined — with a drag-coefficient of 0.25. At the time of production, it was the most aerodynamic production car to be built.
The gasoline engine is a 67 hp (50 kW; 68 PS), 1.0 litre, ECA series3-cylinder unit providing lean burn operation with an air-to-fuel ratio that can reach 25.8 to 1. The engine uses lightweight aluminum, magnesium, and plastic to minimize weight. The electrical motor assist adds another 10 kW (13 hp) (at 3000 rpm) and a maximum of 36 pound-feet (49 Nm) of torque when called on, resulting in 73 hp (54 kW; 74 PS) at 5700 rpm and 91 foot-pounds force (123 N⋅m) of torque at 2000 rpm, with the aim to boost performance to the level of a typical 1.5 L petrol engine. It also acts as a generator during deceleration and braking to recharge the vehicle's batteries, and as the Insight's starter motor. (This improves fuel efficiency and extends the lifetime and fade resistance of the brakes, without adding unsprung weight). When the car is not moving, for example at a stop light, the engine shuts off. Power steering is electric, reducing accessory drag.
The Insight uses the first generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology. (The next generation, used in the Honda Civic Hybrid, is much more space-efficient.) The Insight's electric assist is an ultrathin 60 mm (about 2.4 inches) brushless 10-kW electric motor located on the crankshaft. Located behind the seats are a series of 120 commercial grade "D" sized 1.2 V NiMHbatteries wired to provide a nominal 144 V DC and a capacity of 6.5 AH. During heavy acceleration, the NiMH batteries drive the electric motor, providing additional power; during deceleration, the motor acts as a generator and recharges the batteries using a process called regenerative braking. A computer control module regulates how much power comes from the internal combustion engine, and how much from the electric motor; in the CVT variant, it also finds the optimal gear ratio. The digital displays on the dashboard display fuel consumption instantaneously. On the manual transmission up and down arrows suggest when to shift gears. Dashboard gauges monitor the current battery status, instantaneous fuel consumption, and mode of the electric motor — standby, engine assist or charging the batteries. High pressure (2.6 bars (38 psi) / 2.4 bars (35 psi)), low rolling resistance tires and the use of low viscosity "0W-20" synthetic oil enhance fuel economy.
The original Insight had a conventional manual transmission. Starting with the 2001 model, a CVT variant of the Insight was available; the CVT is similar to that used in the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Honda Logo. A traditional transmission shifts between a fixed set of engine-to-wheel ratios; however, a CVT allows for an infinite set of ratios between its lowest gear and its highest. A feature shared by the two hybrids (and now appearing in others) is the ability to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is at a stop (and restart it upon movement). Since it is more powerful than most starters of conventional cars, the Insight's electric motor can start the engine nearly instantaneously. The Integrated Motor Assist is run by an "Intelligent Power Unit (IPU)", a desktop computer-sized box. The Intelligent Power Unit, the Power control Unit, the Electronic Control Unit, the vehicle's batteries, DC-to-DC converter and a high-voltage inverter are all located under the cargo floor of the vehicle, behind the seats.
Honda increased the vehicle's fuel efficiency using aluminum and plastic extensively to reduce the vehicle's weight. The basic structure is a new, lightweight aluminum monocoque, reinforced in key areas with aluminum extrusions joined at cast aluminum lugs. Stamped aluminum panels are welded onto this structure to form an extremely light and rigid platform for the drivetrain and suspension. The Insight has a body weight less than half that of the contemporary Civic 3-door, with increased torsional rigidity by 38% and bending rigidity by 13%. Honda built the Insight with aluminum front brake calipers and rear brake drums, and with a largely aluminum suspension, in addition to standard aluminum wheels; reducing the ratio of un-sprung to sprung weight as well as the total weight. The fuel tank is plastic; the engine mounts are aluminum; and the exhaust is a small, thin wall pipe. Its compact spare is also aluminum. The Insight weighed 1,847 lb (838 kg) in manual transmission form without air conditioning, 1,878 lb (852 kg) with manual transmission and air conditioning, or 1,964 lb (891 kg) with CVT and air conditioning.
Insight has a coefficient of drag of 0.25. The absence of a rear seat allows the body to taper just behind the driver and the rear track is 110 mm (approximately 4.3 inches) narrower than the front track.
The CVT-equipped Insight is classified as a super-low emissions vehicle. The Insight features low emissions: the California Air Resources Board gave the 5-speed model a ULEV rating, and the CVT model earned a SULEV rating – the 5-speed model's lean-burn ability traded increased efficiency for slightly higher NOx emissions.
The Insight was assembled at the Honda factory in Suzuka, Japan, where the Honda NSX and the Honda S2000 were also assembled. The Insight and the NSX are aluminum-bodied, while the S2000 employs a steel body with aluminum hood.
At the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced the concept car Honda IMAS, an extremely fuel-efficient and lightweight hybrid car made of aluminum and carbon fiber, which was perceived by most observers to be the future direction where the Insight was heading.
With its aluminum body and frame, the Insight was an expensive car to produce and was never designed for high-volume sales. Instead, it was designed to be a real world test car for hybrid technology and a gauge to new consumer driving habits. With an aerodynamic fuel-saving shape similar to its predecessor, the Honda CR-X, and some unconventional body colors it was a bit more than mainstream car buyers could handle, preferring more conservative styles. Production halted announced in May 2006, with plans announced to replace Insight with a new hybrid car, smaller than the eighth generation Civic, but not earlier than in 2009. Ahead of this announcement, Honda stopped selling Insight in the UK, for example, as early as December 2005.
To fill the market niche void, in 2002 Honda rolled out a hybrid version of the Honda Civic – Honda Civic Hybrid, followed by Toyota's redesign of the Prius in 2003 as a 2004 model.
Total global cumulative sales for the first generation Insight were 17,020 units. Honda had originally planned to sell 6,500 Insights each year of production.
The Insight was the first mass-produced hybrid automobile sold in the United States, achieving 70 miles per US gallon (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp) per its then current United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highway rating. Other hybrids soon followed, with the Toyota Prius arriving in June 2000.
The first generation Insight was the most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car available in the U.S. without plug-in capability for the length of its production run and up until December 2015, when it was surpassed by the 2016 Toyota Prius Eco. The Insight earned an EPA fuel economy estimate of 70 mpg‑US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp) in highway driving, 61 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 73 mpg‑imp) city. With air conditioning it was 68 mpg‑US (3.5 L/100 km; 82 mpg‑imp) and 60 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg‑imp). With a CVT it was 57 mpg‑US (4.1 L/100 km; 68 mpg‑imp)/56 mpg‑US (4.2 L/100 km; 67 mpg‑imp).
The EPA changed the way it estimated fuel economy starting with the 2008 model year. The revised fuel economy ratings for the 2000 Insight with manual shift 5-speed under the updated testing are 61 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 73 mpg‑imp) in highway driving, 49 mpg‑US (4.8 L/100 km; 59 mpg‑imp) city, and 53 mpg‑US (4.4 L/100 km; 64 mpg‑imp) combined city/highway.
Insight owners who are "hypermilers" compete to achieve maximum travel distance with each refueling. Upon the Insight's release, Honda challenged several automotive magazines to a competition to see who could obtain the best fuel efficiency on the 195-mile (314 km) drive from Columbus, Ohio to Detroit. The contest was won by Car and Driver magazine, which rigged a box behind a Ford Excursion, and had the Insight drive within the confines of the box. With much less wind resistance, the Insight made the trip with a fuel consumption of 121.7 miles per US gallon (1.933 L/100 km; 146.2 mpg‑imp), while averaging 58 miles per hour (93 km/h). A two-year test of an Insight with air conditioning, driven 40,000 miles (64,000 km), averaged 48 miles per US gallon (4.9 L/100 km; 58 mpg‑imp). The New York Times noted that "[if] you drive the car badly, you will get bad mileage."
In the EU fuel economy tests, the Insight achieved a combined efficiency figure 69.2 mpg‑US (3.40 L/100 km; 83.1 mpg‑imp) with an Extra-Urban figure of 78.4 mpg‑US (3.00 L/100 km; 94.2 mpg‑imp) and Urban figure of 57.4 mpg‑US (4.10 L/100 km; 68.9 mpg‑imp).) This remains unbeaten in the UK market for a petrol car. The Insight has an official CO
2 emissions figure of 80 g/km which is still the lowest of any UK market car. It was also the only car to fall into the VED band A (up to 100g/km CO
2), introduced in 2005, until 2008 when other manufacturers started developing cars to benefit from the tax free status.
Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in the United States, the Honda Insight was eligible for a US$1,450 tax credit.
Cars registered in the UK after 2001 qualified for free road tax because of their low CO2 emissions (2000 registered cars would be taxed on the lower rate of the old system based on engine size). As a hybrid, the Insight did also qualify for an exemption from the London Congestion Charge. However, in December 2010 this changed such that hybrids no longer gained automatic exception, instead cars emitting less than 100g/km CO2 and meeting the January 2005 Euro 4 emissions standard. The Insight being homologated as a 2000 vehicle, and hence not Euro 4 compliant, meant it no longer meets the criteria.
A Honda Insight won five races and the Class A championship in the Formula 1000 Rally in the United Kingdom in 2006. In 2011, the Insight was asked to step down from the Formula 1000 Rally Championship after dominating the first three rallies, it went on to compete and win the hybrid electric vehicle class of the RAC Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London by consuming just 2.9 L/100 km (97 mpg‑imp; 81 mpg‑US).
Replacement battery pack
As of June 2008 in the U.S., according to Honda, there are fewer than 200 battery failures beyond warranty coverage out of more than 100,000 hybrids sold.
As of 1 June 2008, the replacement battery costs US$1,968 and installation is around US$900.
In 2010, Multiple aftermarket large capacity replacement NiMH battery packs have become available for the first generation Insight, including GreenTec Auto, YABO Power, BumbleBee Batteries and Hybrid ReVolt. A couple of others have come and gone, with a few more potentially in the pipeline.
Second generation (ZE2/ZE3; 2009)
In 2009, Honda introduced its second-generation Insight based on an all-new, 5-passenger, 5-door, dedicated hybrid platform, which was also later used for the Honda CR-Z. The concept version of the Insight liftbackhybrid electric vehicle had made its public debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. and its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In the US, the new Insight is classified as a compact car based on its interior volume.
The 2010 Honda Insight was specifically designed to make hybrid technology more affordable to a wide range of buyers. Departing from the first generation Insight's two-seat configuration, the 2010 Insight is a 5-passenger, 5-door dedicated hybrid vehicle that includes the fifth generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid powertrain.
The Insight was facelifted in 2010 in the United Kingdom and in 2011 for the 2012 model year in the United States, with updates to the suspension, styling and interior. There are revisions to the recoil rate of the springs, change of the rear camber angles and alterations to the rear suspension brace and adjusting mounts. As a result, Honda promised better ride, handling and stability. Interior changes include revisions to the dashboard, seat fabric, and some plastics. The air vents received a chrome surround and a silver garnish now adorns the door sills.
Honda chose a 5-door hatchback configuration for the latest Insight. The wedge-shaped body assists aerodynamics and reduces drag for improved fuel economy. The 5-passenger accommodations enhance marketability and the overall vehicle shape, as Honda puts it, is “clearly identifiable as a hybrid.”
The wedge shape of the second-generation Insight has been criticized by many automotive journalists for its similarities with the more successful and older second-generation Toyota Prius.
The reason we chose a five-door hatchback was that we wanted the car to be popular in Europe. American Honda – the biggest market – asked us to build a car with a boot, but we rejected that idea, because to compete with other green cars and sell more in Europe, it had to be a five-door hatchback. Of course, aerodynamically it is also a more favourable shape.
— Yasunari Seki, Honda Insight Project Leader, 
The Insight's exterior design merges design cues from both the first generation Insight (the tapered tail and triangular taillights) and Honda's production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity (the low hood, six-point front grille, and wedge-shaped profile).
The interior of the new Insight includes a variation of the two-tier instrument panel first introduced on the 2006 Honda Civic. In this arrangement, a digital speedometer is mounted high on the instrument panel within the driver's normal line-of-sight for ease of visibility. An analog tachometer, fuel gauge, hybrid assist gauge, and Multi-Information Display are housed in the lower tier.
The new Insight includes Honda's fifth generation of its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. This system mates an internal combustion engine with an electric motor mounted directly to the engine's crankshaft between the engine and transmission. Honda states that this configuration is less complex, lower cost, and compact enough to accommodate a wide range of vehicle sizes when compared to competing hybrid powertrains. Honda has used previous generations of this IMA system on all of its production hybrid vehicles including the original Insight, Civic Hybrid, and Accord Hybrid. Advanced development has allowed the Insight's IMA system to be 19 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the previous generation IMA used in the existing Civic Hybrid.
The Insight's IMA includes a high-efficiency, lightweight, low-friction 1.3-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine rated for 98 hp (73 kW) at 5800 rpm and 123 lb⋅ft (167 N⋅m) of torque from 1000 to 1700 rpm. The high torque at low rpm is made possible by the electric motor which contributes up to 13 hp (10 kW) at 1500 rpm and 58 lb⋅ft (79 N⋅m) of torque at 1000 rpm to the powertrain, assisting in acceleration and some steady state cruising situations at low-to-mid vehicle speeds. The motor acts as a generator during braking, steady cruising, gentle deceleration and coasting in order to recharge the IMA battery. The motor also serves as the engine starter, quickly spinning the engine to idle speed after Idle Stop and during normal vehicle starting. The system will automatically switch to a back-up, conventional 12-volt starter to start the engine if the IMA system is disabled or if the car is started at extreme cold temperatures. As an additional safety feature, Honda's hybrid configuration allows the car to operate like a conventional, petrol-engine vehicle even if the IMA hybrid-electric motor system is completely disabled.
The Insight's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides infinite ratios to keep the engine operating within its most efficient range. Forward gear ratios are infinitely variable between 3.172–0.529 and reverse gear ranges from 4.511~1.693. Final drive is 4.20:1. On Insight EX models, paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel allow the driver to engage a manual shift mode and select from seven simulated gear ratios for full control over acceleration and engine braking. Since the CVT's gear ratios are continuously variable the system electronically directs the transmission to up- or downshift into pre-determined ratios when the driver taps the shift paddles. In normal driving, the CVT allows the engine and IMA motor to stay in their most efficient operating range thereby providing superior fuel efficiency to that of a conventional automatic transmission with fixed gear ratios. The CVT's variable gear ratios allow for both quick, initial acceleration and efficient, low-rpm cruising.
In order to allow the powertrain computer to optimize performance under every driving condition, the Insight's accelerator pedal is a “drive-by-wire” type that uses an electronic position sensor instead of the conventional metal cable that usually connects the pedal to the engine's throttle body. In the drive-by-wire system, the engine's throttle body is controlled by the powertrain computer in response to the accelerator pedal position—allowing the computer to determine the optimal throttle body, fuel, and CVT settings based on the accelerator pedal position and its rate of travel.
Car and Driver magazine performed a comparison between the 2010 Honda Insight and the 2010 Toyota Prius. In this test, the Insight achieved 0–60 mph in 10.3 seconds (Prius, 10.0 seconds), the quarter mile in 17.9 seconds at 78 mph (Prius, 17.6 at 79 mph), and 70–0 mph braking in 181 feet (Prius, 182 feet). The Insight's average fuel economy during a 600-mile controlled evaluation was 38 mpg‑US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg‑imp) (Prius, 42 mpg‑US (5.6 L/100 km; 50 mpg‑imp)). Overall, Car and Driver selected the Insight as their preferred vehicle due to its "fun-to-drive" qualities including superior handling, steering, braking, and paddle-shifted transmission.
The Insight's IMA is powered by a flat, nickel-metal hydride battery pack located below the cargo floor between the rear wheels. The 84 module battery is manufactured by Sanyo Electric and provides a nominal system voltage of 100.8 volts with a nominal capacity of 5.75 ampere hours. The power density of the modules is 30 percent greater than in the second generation Civic Hybrid. The battery is recharged automatically by scavenging engine power, when needed, and by regenerative braking when the car is decelerating. The power management electronics, battery modules, and cooling system are all self-contained within the IMA battery pack.
Honda ECO ASSIST System
The system monitors and displays the positive or negative effect of a driving style on the vehicle's fuel economy.
As a visual aid, the background of the Insight's digital speedometer glows green when the car is being driven in an efficient manner. Somewhat less-efficient driving makes the meter glow blue-green. Aggressive starts and stops that consume extra fuel make the meter glow blue. By observing the color shift of the speedometer background, the driver receives assistance in developing driving habits that typically enhance fuel economy.
In addition, ECO ASSIST includes a dedicated ECON button that enables the driver to initiate a range of functions that increase the fuel economy of the IMA system via a single button press. In ECON mode, the driver trades off a measure of performance for enhanced fuel economy but gains the following advantages:
- Increases the potential for engaging the Idle Stop feature sooner
- Operates air conditioning more in recirculation mode
- Reduces automatic climate control blower fan speed
- Optimizes throttle angle input and CVT operation
- Limits power and torque by approximately 4 percent (full responsiveness is provided at wide-open-throttle)
Overall, ECO ASSIST is designed to assist the driver in adopting a balanced approach between efficient highway commuting and efficient city driving. However, the EPA found during fuel economy testing that using the ECO ASSIST mode "registered no effect" on its fuel economy rating. "It relaxes throttle response, so the test driver simply compensates with additional throttle to achieve the required speeds."
The Multi-information display, located in the center of the tachometer, can be toggled through nine different screens of vehicle information including instantaneous fuel economy, hybrid system schematic, trip computer, and ECO Guide. The ECO Guide display includes a real-time graphic that provides a target zone for acceleration and deceleration in order to achieve maximum fuel economy. When the ignition switch is turned off, a summary screen displays a scoring function that encourages drivers to take an interest in developing fuel-efficient driving habits over the long term. In this manner, drivers can earn additional ‘leaves’ on a plant stem when practicing fuel saving strategies. Long-term fuel efficient driving habits ultimately earn the driver a ‘trophy’ graphic.
Chassis, suspension, and steering
The Insight's compact chassis is derived from components used in the Honda Fit.[original research?] The structure of the engine compartment and front section of the chassis is almost identical to the Fit's, but with additional enhancements to aid crash protection.[original research?] From the firewall aft the platform is unique to Insight.[original research?]
The most significant difference between the Fit and the Insight platform is the position of the fuel tank. While the Fit locates the fuel tank under the front seats, the Insight positions the fuel tank under the rear seats. This allows the Insight's hybrid battery pack to be located in the cargo floor below the spare tire, to accommodate folding rear seats, lower roofline, and a more aerodynamic body shape.
Front and rear suspension components from the Fit are used including MacPherson struts at the front and an H-shaped torsion beam at the rear to keep the load floor low. Front and rear stabilizer bars are also installed. On EX models, the 175/65-15 low-rolling resistance tires are mounted on lightweight aluminum wheels, each weighing 34 lb (15 kg) together with the tire.
The rack-and-pinion steering uses electric assist and allows the Insight to steer normally even when the engine is shut off in Idle Stop mode.
The braking system includes four-channel ABS, electronic brake distribution, and a creep aid system to prevent the car from rolling on a hill. A brake booster pressure monitoring system monitors vacuum when the engine is shut off during Idle Stop mode. Traction control and vehicle stability assist are also included. The front brakes are single-piston sliding caliper with a one-piece ventilated rotor. Drum brakes are used in the rear.
Enhanced efficiency air conditioning system
The air conditioning system on the new Insight has an expanded thermodynamic range compared to conventional systems. Unlike the separate low pressure and high pressure refrigerant pipes used in conventional systems, the Insight has its low pressure cold pipe enclosing the high pressure hot refrigerant pipe that allows the cold refrigerant on its way back to the engine bay to cool the warm refrigerant traveling to the cabin. A unique, spiral groove along the outside of the inner pipe increases the surface area and therefore the efficiency of the heat transfer between the outer and inner tubes. This improves the thermal efficiency of the air-conditioning system and, as a result, less effort is required from the compressor, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
In order to control costs, Honda decided not to include the electric-assist air conditioning compressor used in the Civic Hybrid. The Civic Hybrid's electric-assist allows the air conditioning compressor to continue running (using battery pack power) to maintain cabin temperature when the engine is shut off in Idle Stop mode. Instead, the Insight limits the duration of the Idle Stop mode during air conditioning use and restarts the engine, when needed, to maintain cabin temperature. However, when the Insight's ECON function is engaged, a longer Idle Stop time is invoked for improved fuel efficiency at the expense of rapid cabin cooling. In other words, the air conditioning stops whenever the car stops, as in stop-and-go traffic. During Idle Stop the blower continues to run albeit at a low speed.
A facelifted Insight for Europe is shown at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Honda facelifted the Insight for 2012 model year. There are several significant changes to improve the car, including exterior, interior, driving and fuel economy.
In the exterior, Honda updates the front with larger air intakes on the lower front fascia, installs new head- and taillights, and has new wheel designs. The new grille comes with a blue stripe that Honda says represents the car's “high-tech hybrid identity.” A thinner rear spoiler and a more compactly mounted rear wiper motor help to improve visibility through the rear window. Even though it now comes with wider 185/60R15 tires, a reduction in engine and CVT friction, improvements to the front and rear bumpers and underbody lead to a 1-mpg increase in EPA's city, highway, and combined mileage numbers. 41 mpg‑US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg‑imp) in the city, 44 mpg‑US (5.3 L/100 km; 53 mpg‑imp) on the highway, and 43 mpg‑US (5.5 L/100 km; 52 mpg‑imp) mpg combined. The aerodynamic efficiency is improved by two percent.
In the interior, the rear-seat and headliner are redesigned to add more rear legroom and headroom, improving comfort, additional sound insulation is added and the cupholders are larger. A rear camera and a 16-gigabyte flash card system now comes with the Navi system. Furthermore, the gauge cluster is refreshed.
Changes in design led to excessive oil consumption that could require replacement of parts of the engine. In 2017, Honda addressed the concern in 2016 and, in 2017, extended the warranty to cover these flaws for eight years.
Despite technological advances, the fuel efficiency of the second-generation Insight was lower than that of the first because of significant increases in size, weight and power. Fuel efficiency rating according to the U.S. EPA testing methodology is: City 40 mpg‑US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp), Highway 43 mpg‑US (5.5 L/100 km; 52 mpg‑imp), Combined 41 mpg‑US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg‑imp). The 2012 model year U.S. version has minor improvements and its updated EPA fuel economy rating is: City 41 mpg‑US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg‑imp), Highway 44 mpg‑US (5.3 L/100 km; 53 mpg‑imp), Combined 42 mpg‑US (5.6 L/100 km; 50 mpg‑imp).
Honda UK state that the official UK fuel efficiency data for the Insight SE is: Urban 61.4 mpg‑imp (4.60 L/100 km; 51.1 mpg‑US), Extra urban 67.3 mpg‑imp (4.20 L/100 km; 56.0 mpg‑US), Combined 64.2 mpg‑imp (4.40 L/100 km; 53.5 mpg‑US) and the CO2 emissions rating is: 101 g/km, putting it in the second lowest UK vehicle excise duty band.
Sales and prices by country
Honda sold 130,445 Insights worldwide in 2009.
In an interview in early February 2011, a Honda executive disclosed that Honda produced around 200,000 hybrids a year in Japan.
The Insight was removed from Honda Canada's website in November 2013. It was removed from sale in the UK mid 2014.
The new Insight began sales in Japan on February 6, 2009. The reception in Japan exceeded Honda's original forecast of 5,000 monthly sales. This resulted as less availability to overseas markets and Honda has to start production on a second line at its Suzuka factory in mid-June to increase production from 700 units a day. In April 2009, the Honda Insight became the first petrol-electric hybrid to be the best-selling vehicle in Japan for the month. After less than eleven months on sale, Honda sold 93,283 Insight in Japan in 2009, ranking it the fifth best-selling car for the year. In March 2010, Honda announced that the new Insight broke through 100,000 sales in the Japanese market in just one year after its introduction.
The car went on sale on March 24, 2009, in the U.S. as a 2010 model, making it the least expensive hybrid vehicle available in the United States.
Within less than ten months from its introduction, Insight total sales for 2009 in the U.S. market were 20,572 units, selling more than the Fusion Hybrid (15,554 units) and the Civic Hybrid (15,119), but behind the Camry Hybrid (22,887 units) and the Toyota Prius (139,682 units). The sales in the U.S. were below expectation, mainly due to the economic recession in 2008–09, stiff competition and a drop in gasoline prices of over one-third over the past year, eroding demand for fuel-efficient cars.
In December 2010, Honda introduced a less expensive Insight hybrid for the 2011 model year to help boost sales. For the 2011 LX model, center armrest, cruise control, USB connectivity for the audio system and floor mats are newly added. Electronic stability control and brake assist became standard across all trim levels. All models come with automatic climate control. Honda explained the move "to make (the vehicle) more affordable for those younger customers who couldn't previously get into a hybrid." In 2009, Toyota promised a lower-priced version of the Prius to compete with Insight, but quietly dropped the deal for consumers.
In 2010, 20,962 Insights were sold in the country. The Insight ranked number two in all hybrid vehicle sales after the Toyota Prius, beating out the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. From January 2011 to August 2011, cumulative sales of the Insight in the U.S. reached 13,106 units, ranking number two among hybrid sales for 2011 and outsold only by the Prius. By September 2011, cumulative sales reached 13,618 units, falling to the third place, surpassed by the Hyundai Sonata.
For 2012 model year, upgraded upholstery, map light, and steering-wheel-mounted controls are added to LX trim; Bluetooth, automatic headlights, a synthetic leather and premium fabric upholstery, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are added to EX trim. Rearview camera and a 16-gigabyte flash card system are added to the navigation system.
In October 2009, Consumer Reports named the Honda Insight the most reliable vehicle as it scored the highest of any vehicles in predicted reliability, according to its annual vehicles reliability survey.
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The Honda Insight has been on sale from 4 April 2009 and early reports said it outsold its competitor by 15%. The Insight is no longer exempted from the London congestion charge. Starting from autumn 2010, revised suspension should improve ride and handling, parking sensors are added to ES model and higher trim models.
The Insight was launched as the lowest-priced hybrid car in Australia starting from December 2010. Its price was lower than the Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius.
Its fuel economy is rated 4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg‑imp; 51 mpg‑US) in official Australian testing. Honda questions the green credentials of electric vehicles when electricity is generated from coal-fired power stations, "For Australia, unless you're tapped into a green power source, the benefits are negligible".
As of March 2010, Honda has sold 2,661 units since the introduction of the Insight in April 2009 of which 847 were sold in the first three months of 2010. As of January 2010, the Honda Insight is exempt of road tax.
The sales of the Honda Insight, along with those of the Honda Civic Hybrid, helped Honda achieve their best sales result in the Netherlands since 1989.
Republic of Ireland
Between 2009 and 2015, The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) 'Motorstats' (beepbeep.ie) show that there were 306 'Total New Registrations' of Honda Insights (including 27 and 5 in 2014 & 2015 respectively) with a peak of 108 in 2010 (10 in 2009). The 'Refreshed' model (new front etc.) was available in 2013. Retail price in 2014 for the SE option was €23,495 and the ES €24,610 (kevinoleary.ie).
Other Asian countries
The Insight was launched in Korea in October 2010 as the lowest priced hybrid car offered by import automakers.
In Malaysia, Honda launched the Insight on December 2, 2010, at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2010. It was priced slightly more than the top model Honda City. It is reported that a few hundred sales orders were received even before its launch.
In 2011, Insight was the best selling hybrid in the country with a total of 4,568 sold.
Early reviews praised the Insight's futuristic styling, handling, and price but noted that it was less powerful, less fuel efficient, and less comfortable than other more expensive hybrids. The Insight performed well in comparison tests administered by Motor Trend and Car and Driver. In their comparison test against the 2010 Toyota Prius, Car and Driver stated "...the Insight proved more visceral, connected, and agile than the Prius. The Insight represents a lot of engineering bang for the buck, and the majority of its dynamics are more satisfying than the Prius’s" citing the benefits of the Insight's firm brake feel, accurate steering, and tight suspension (the latter borrowing heavily from the latest Honda Fit). It did not perform as well in Edmunds or Popular Mechanics tests. Despite a high reliability rating in Consumer Reports testing, the Insight was assigned a low score, stating that it fell short in ride quality, handling, interior noise, acceleration, refinement, rear seat access and rear visibility.
Autoblog praised it for its fuel economy, tight handling, and good steering feedback, and stated "the Insight is a shockingly fun car to drive in a spirited manner in spite of the comparatively modest thrust available.", but criticized the Insight for its low passenger volume.
Automotive critic Jeremy Clarkson, known for his disdain for hybrid vehicles, criticized the Insight for its continuously variable transmission, engine noise, and build quality. He recognized that the price was low, but concluded that a Volkswagen Golf was a better deal.
Edmunds.com praised the Insight for improving upon the formula of rival Prius and costing thousands less, but criticized it for excessive road noise, a tight back seat, and buzzy engine under hard acceleration. In addition, they state it "is by far the most enjoyable hybrid hatchback to drive" and praised the ride for being firm, the steering for being relatively responsive, and the seamless integration between the electric and internal combustion engine.
In 2009, Edmunds pitted a Honda Insight against other hybrids like Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion hybrid, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and a MINI Cooper with manual transmission over two days of mixed city and highway driving.
In October 2014, Top Gear magazine placed the Insight on its list of "The worst cars you can buy right now", describing the car as "A £20k hyper-efficient numbers merchant now surpassed by loads of diesel rivals in practically any measurement except urban quietness. The game has moved on."
|Moderate overlap front||Good|
|Head restraint & seats||Good|
In November 2013, Honda informed dealers in Japan that Insight production would stop. Its sales were in a "slow death" and its discontinuation was for the second time in ten years. On February 28, 2014, Honda officially announced ending production of the second generation Insight after the 2014 model year. With its "unrefined powertrain and cheap interior" the car had "dismal sales" especially when compared to its competition. Although it had a lower base price than the competing hybrid model, the Insight's 42 mpg estimate did not reach the 50 mpg Toyota Prius, the number that "mattered most to potential customers." With a combined fuel economy rating that was now little more than that of some non-hybrid models available in the U.S. marketplace, in early 2014 there was 237 days worth of supply of Insights in contrast to the typical 60-day inventory held by automakers.
Third generation (ZE4; 2018)
|Third generation (ZE4)|
|Assembly||Japan: Yorii, Saitama (Honda Yorii Factory)|
United States: Greensburg, Indiana (HMIN)
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Related||Honda Civic (tenth generation)|
|Engine||1.5 L LEB-MMDAtkinson cycle DOHC I4 (gasoline)|
|Electric motor||96 kW AC PMSM|
|Hybrid drivetrain||Power-split hybrid (Sport Hybrid i-MMD)|
|Battery||1.2 kWh lithium-ion|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,663 mm (183.6 in)|
|Width||1,819 mm (71.6 in)|
|Height||1,410 mm (55.5 in)|
|Curb weight||1,355–1,396 kg (2,987–3,078 lb)|
|Predecessor||Honda Civic Sedan (Japan)|
Honda Civic Hybrid
The third generation Honda Insight prototype debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and the production version was unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. It is based on the tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan, and shares similar exterior and interior dimensions (although the Insight is about one inch longer than its non-hybrid counterpart). Unlike the previous Insight, it is a traditional sedan, not a five-door liftback.
The new Insight uses Honda's third generation two-motor hybrid powertrain, featuring a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that runs on Atkinson cycle combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
The Insight shares the same trunk space as the tenth-generation Honda Civic Sedan, as the batteries for the Insight do not impede on trunk space. The fully digital LCD instrument cluster was taken from the larger 2018 Honda Accord, and many interior styling features were taken from the tenth-generation Honda Civic Sedan, which is assembled at the same Greensburg, Indiana plant as the all-new Insight. Honda projects a 55 MPG city, 49 MPG highway fuel economy, and 52 MPG combined rating for the 2019 Insight LX and EX trim levels, as compared to the 51/45/48 MPG fuel economy ratings on the Touring trim level. The difference in fuel economy between the versions is due to the higher weight and added equipment of the Touring version.
The third generation Honda Insight went on sale at Honda dealerships in the United States in June 2018 as an early 2019 model year vehicle with a retail price starting at $22,830 plus $895 destination charge. It was also launched in Mexico on September 6, 2018, and later on Japan on December 13, 2018, and went on sale on the next day.
Awards and recognition
- First generation
- The Insight's engine won the International Engine of the Year award for 2000, and continued to hold the "Sub-1 liter" size category for the next six years.
- It received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2000 Climate Protection Award.
- It was named the Greenest Vehicle of the year for 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
- The Insight was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2001.
- Until the 2016 Toyota Prius Eco, the 2000 Insight was the most efficient EPA-certified gasoline-powered vehicle ever, with a highway rating of 61 miles per US gallon (3.9 L/100 km; 73 mpg‑imp) and combined city/highway rating of 53 miles per US gallon (4.4 L/100 km; 64 mpg‑imp).
- Second generation
- Third generation
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The Honda Civic Hybrid is a hybrid electric powertrain version of the Honda Civic. It has the Integrated Motor Assist technology that is powered by Honda Civic hybrid battery. The Civic Hybrid was released in Japan in December 2001. Due to dwindling sales, lower gas prices, and the debut of the 10th generation Civic line in 2016, it was discontinued after the 2015 model year.
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The Honda Civic Hybrid was the first hybrid vehicle to be approved as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the United States.The Civic Hybrid features a hybrid technology comparable to the Honda Insight's Integrated Motor Assist.
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery: How long does a Honda Civic hybrid battery last?
The Honda Civic Hybrid was a highly recommended hybrid vehicle for many years from 2000-2009 until the batteries in some of the newer models started dying prematurely. Specifically, the 2009 and 2010 models were handicapped by an infamous short Honda Civic hybrid battery life.
A hybrid battery typically lasts six to ten years, and by law, the batteries are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. Unfortunately, many drivers experienced battery failure after only three or four years.
Consumer Reports discovered a significant rate of battery failure in 2009-2010 models in February 2014, with over 30% of respondents stating that they had needed a battery replacement in the previous 12 months, and that majority were likely replaced under warranty.
Honda acknowledged issues with the 2006-2008 vehicles that could lead to battery deterioration and failure. In response to the problem, Honda released software upgrades to extend the Honda Civic hybrid battery life.
Honda's high-tech batteries for these hybrids have been losing their ability to hold a charge years before the warranty expires, but Honda's strategy is to wait until the batteries are fully dead before replacing them. So instead of replacing the old batteries, Honda, as mentioned, began deploying software updates that were supposed to extend the battery's life and “enhance performance,” but environmentally concerned boards had started to express their concern.
Because the software protects the battery by limiting its role in running the 20-horsepower electric motor while increasing the role of the Civic hybrid's 93-horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine, the California Air Resources Board is concerned about the potential emissions these updated Civic hybrids may emit.
Environmentally conscious boards aren't the only ones experiencing difficulties with software updates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently monitoring and discussing complaints from Honda Civic 2007 hybrid drivers, emphasizing that hazards such as unexpected loss of power are safety concerns with this vehicle's battery.
Almost a third of complaints about the 2007 Civic hybrid revolve around Honda Civic hybrid battery issues, with potential concerns including loss of power while passing someone or on a motorway onramp.
Honda issued a warning letter to nearly 100,000 Honda Civic hybrid customers in 2006, 2007 and 2008, informing them that their car batteries “may deteriorate and finally fail” far sooner than originally projected, and advising them to consider a software upgrade.
A Honda official, Chris Martin, stated that it was clearly not a financial decision as it does not only help to extend the battery's life, but it also helps to increase performance. Some Honda Civic hybrid owners agree with Martin's viewpoint, claiming that software updates have improved their vehicle's mileage and acceleration.
Martin remained tight-lipped on Honda's meetings with regulators, the nationwide failure rates for these batteries, and the expense of replacing them under warranty. He did say that these batteries cost $2,100 at retail, not including delivery and installation.
Because individual batteries cannot be monitored or charged, the 132 NiMH cell pack is unbalanced. At the 12-cell sub-pack level, monitoring is available, but charging is not. The cells become imbalanced after years/miles of use because they charge/discharge at slightly different rates. Strong cells eventually limit the pack's upper capacity, while weak cells limit the pack's lower capacity, diminishing the pack's useful capacity. Honda increased the IMA battery warranty on all 2009-2011 Civic Hybrids to ten years and 150,000 miles in 2015.
According to the Los Angeles Times, over 4% of hybrid batteries in California Civics have had to be replaced due to different causes, a statistic that many officials believe is far too high to be acceptable.
Honda was quick to respond to the Honda Civic hybrid battery problems. In addition to the software update, Honda issued a Technical Service Bulletin in 2012 that extended the warranty on the Honda Civic hybrid IMA battery to 11 years or 137,000 miles. Customers who had already replaced their batteries on their own were given an additional three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty.
While many faithful Honda customers were disappointed by the shorter Honda Civic hybrid battery life, extensive warranty coverage helped many owners cover the costs. In addition, the cost of new hybrid batteries has decreased in recent years, and hybrid drivers should have a strategy in place to replace their battery at some point.
Because you rely on your hybrid battery to give you a more fuel-efficient ride, there are a few things to consider when determining whether it's time to replace it. In general, how often and how far you drive, as well as whether you travel in the suburbs, around the city, or frequently drive on the open road, will all play a role in how long a hybrid battery will last.
The temperature in which you drive your vehicle on a regular basis, as well as the mileage you put on it, will all play a role. Finally, as new hybrid and electric technology advances each year, the age or year of your vehicle will determine how long your hybrid car battery will last.
Cause of Honda Civic Hybrid Battery (IMA) Failures
Undercharging has been the major cause of premature battery failure in Honda Civic hybrid IMA batteries. The problem, according to Honda, is caused by “frequent stop-and-go city driving with the A/C on, especially during hot weather.” The hybrid battery may become discharged as a result of this type of driving. This can lead to battery degeneration and failure over time.
The hybrid battery must be kept at 50 to 60% of its full charge for best service life. This requires frequent driving in order to keep the battery charged (at least once every month). If the car is left unattended for more than a month (especially in hot weather), the battery may deplete to the point where it never fully recovers and eventually fails.
A battery that has been totally discharged and not recharged within 90 days may not accept a normal charge and fail prematurely. The battery might potentially be harmed by extreme heat. Curing paint in a bake oven that reaches 150 degrees F may damage a car's battery if it has been damaged and repainted. When working on a Honda Civic Hybrid, body shops are advised not to allow the oven temperature to become too high.
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Replacement Costs
If your Honda Civic Hybrid battery fails, it can be VERY costly to replace, especially if it is out of warranty. According to reports, Honda dealers are asking anything from $3000 to $4000 to repair these batteries. The price of the battery is determined on the type of battery you purchase.
A Honda remanufactured hybrid battery will set you back roughly $2200, without including installation (around $200 for labor). The refurbished battery is a used battery that has been thoroughly checked and, if necessary, individual cells replaced. A one-year warranty is included with the refurbished battery. A new Honda battery costs roughly $3000 and comes with a three-year warranty.
Batteries that have been refurbished aftermarket are also available from a variety of sources. Depending on the source, most of these batteries are currently retailing for $1700 to $2200. (plus other fees).
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery: Can you drive a Honda Civic Hybrid without the hybrid battery?
Because the Honda Civic Hybrid has its own starter, it does not require the hybrid battery to start. However, contrary to popular belief, you cannot just ignore a dead battery. Because dead batteries still try to receive a charge, the motor generator will be constantly trying to charge the battery, consuming more gasoline than if the battery hadn't been there in the first place.
The hybrid system in the Honda Civic was a parallel system, which means the engine, transmission, and drive axles are all conventional. To add a little HP to the engine output while accelerating or travelling up steep hills, an electric motor generator is sandwiched between the engine and the transmission or between the transmission and the drive shafts.
It recharges the battery while coasting and braking. The extra horsepower is roughly 13, but at low gas engine RPMs, it might be nearly twice what gas alone could deliver. At the very least, you should have the battery disconnected when it dies.
If you remove it fully, you'll save some weight, but I'm not sure how heavy this battery is or if it's worth the labor, so at the very least disconnect it. The terminals must be insulated and protected when the battery is disconnected, otherwise they will short out, causing further issues. It's not as simple as unplugging the cords.
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery: Can you still drive a Honda Civic hybrid without IMA?
The IMA, or Integrated Motor Assist, is a secondary combustion engine. There are three sorts of hybrid cars, according to Honda. The hybrid battery delivers some or all of the power required in each case. If you're wondering if it's safe to drive my hybrid car with the IMA light on, the answer is most likely but there will be risks.
The hybrid battery is most likely in need of maintenance, according to your IMA light. Your automobile will most likely continue to run without inflicting long-term harm as long as your 12V battery light is not on. Some people can go months without experiencing a serious accident. However, it is not recommended to drive your car with the IMA light on because it might be dangerous.
The first disadvantage of driving with the IMA light on is that your car's performance may suffer. Your vehicle will seem sluggish and accelerate more slowly than usual. This occurs when your IMA isn't aiding your engine adequately. Because the extra power from the hybrid battery is not there, the combustion engine is put under more stress, resulting in reduced power.
The second disadvantage you can encounter is poor gas mileage. Because your engine can no longer rely on the electric motor for acceleration, regenerative braking, or idle stop, you'll have to use more fuel to keep it running.
What you should be concerned about is the possibility that your vehicle will have difficulty accessing highways. In high-traffic circumstances, without the regular acceleration you're used to, this can be rather dangerous.
Your car is unsafe to drive if the 12v battery light is illuminated. You're likely to come into problems with your vehicle not starting. In the worst-case scenario, your car may completely die while you are driving it. You want to stay as far away from these situations as possible. If you see the 12v battery light, you should pull over.
What to Do When Your IMA Light is On
When your IMA light is on and you want to know what is happening then check the error codes. It will provide you the useful information you need regarding the status of your IMA. Error code P1447 of 1st generation Insight 2000 -2004, for example, lets you know that the battery is at 10% or even less. So you can still get away with driving the car if in an emergency situation.
Error Code P1449, however, means your battery is about to fail and you will need to get to a mechanic ASAP. By adding a code reader to the car, DIYers can verify error codes. Alternatively, depending on your region, you can typically read your error codes at any chain auto-parts store.
Visiting a professional, on the other hand, is the safest option. The procedure of replacing your battery can be intricate, and if you hire a professional to perform it, you'll have a lower possibility of damaging the integrity of your car. When your IMA light illuminates, it's most likely time to replace your hybrid battery.
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What is an IMA Battery?
The abbreviation IMA stands for Integrated Motor Assist, the name of the hybrid car technology introduced by Honda in 1999 with their Insight, a model that enjoys great popularity ever since it was launched.
The IMA is a parallel hybrid system that uses an electrical motor installed between the car’s transmission and its internal combustion engine to provide a back-up to the conventional engine and to move the car at low speeds. The IMA battery is a special battery that is separate from the car’s standard battery and its role is to power the electrical motor that propels the car before the internal combustion engine takes over. IMA batteries are nickel-metal hybrid batteries (NiMH units) that replenish their energy deposits when the car is decelerating, during a process called regenerative braking.
The average lifespan of Honda ima battery packs is around 7-10 years, but in many cases (if the car is driven correctly and the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions regarding charging and maintenance are followed), the pack will work flawlessly for much longer that it is warranted for, the principle reason why the Honda models are replaced by the owner being not the fault of the battery, but the owner’s intention to have a new car.
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Failure
Battery failure problems in the first and second generation Honda Civic Hybrids have become a major concern for many Honda owners. The problem has been premature battery failure, which often is NOT covered under warranty. The affected vehicles are 2003 to 2005 Civic Hybrids (1st gen) and 2005 to 2011 Civic Hybrids (2nd gen).
The high voltage hybrid battery is part of the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and is located behind the back seat. In the 1st gen Civics, the battery is a 144 volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery. The 2nd gen Civic Hybrids have a more powerful 158.4 volt NiMH battery. The failure rate is reportedly higher in the 2nd gen Civics than in the older ones.
The average service life of the Honda Civic IMA battery in the Honda Civic Hybrids is only about seven years, and in some cases much less. By comparison, the high voltage hybrid battery in the Toyota Prius has proved to be extremely durable and trouble-free.
The LA Times reports that over four percent of the hybrid batteries in California Civics have had to be replaced for various reasons, a figure which many officials says is too high to be acceptable.
Cause of Honda Civic IMA Battery Failures
The leading cause of premature bttery failure with the Honda Civic hybrid IMA batteries has been undercharging. Honda blames the problem on "frequent stop-and-go city driving with the A/C on, especially during warm weather. This type of driving can leave the hybrid battery in a low state of charge. Over time, this can cause battery deterioration and failure.
For maximum service life, the hybrid battery must be maintained at 50 to 60 percent of its full charge. This requires driving the car often enough to keep the battery charged up (at least once every month). If the car sits for more than a month (especially during hot weather), the battery may get so low that it never fully recovers and eventually fails.
Also, if a battery is allowed to fully discharge and is not recharged within 90 days, it may not accept a normal charge and fail prematurely.
Extreme heat can also damage the battery. If a car has been damaged and is repainted, curing the paint in a bake over that exceeds 150 degree F may damage the battery. Body repair shops are cautioned to not let the oven temperature get too high when working on a Honda Civic Hybrid.
Honda�s Fix for the IMA Battery Failure Problem
Honda�s fix for extending battery life in the Honda Civic Hybrids is to reprogram the IMA control software. This requires taking your car to a Honda dealer for the update. There is no charge for the update.
The Honda TSB software update (09-058 and more recently 10-034) reprograms the IMA battery controller, the PGM-FI engine controller, and the CVT transmission controller. The update essentially "detunes" the IMA system so it uses assist less often to reduce the load and stress on the battery.
However, many Civic owners have complained that their cars do not feel the same after the update. They say their car does not accelerate as quickly and does not get the same fuel economy as before.
On the other hand, the update does reduce the risk of battery failure and may save you money by extending the life of the battery.
Here is a copy of Honda's Customer Notice letter, and details about the update:
Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Replacement Costs
If the battery in your Honda Civic Hybrid fails, it can be VERY expensive to replace if it is out of warranty. Honda dealers are reportedly charging $3000 to as much as $4000 to replace these batteries. The cost of the battery itself depends on which battery you buy.
A Honda refurbished hybrid battery costs around $2200 plus installation (figure about $200 for labor). The refurbished battery is a used battery that has been tested and individual cells replaced if found to be faulty. The refurbished battery comes with a one year warranty.
A new Honda battery (if available) is around $3000 and comes with a 3 year warranty.
Aftermarket refurbished batteries are also available from various suppliers (see below). Most of these batteries sell are currently selling for $1700 to $2200 depending on the source (plus shipping costs, installation and your old battery in exchange).
Should you consider replacing a bad battery with a used battery from a wrecked Civic Hybrid in a salvage yard? Although a used battery may cost less than a refurbished battery, it probably does not come with much (if any) warranty. Most salvage yards will guarantee the battery works or will replace it for up to 30 days if it fails to hold a charge, but beyond that you are on your own. Used hybrid batteries are risky because when the battery sits around in the junk yard for more than a couple of months in a discharged condition, some of the cells may never fully recover. The battery may work for awhile, but probably not for long term. The problem is that some NiMH cells discharge at a different rate than others. This upsets the internal charge balance of the battery and prevents the battery from recharging normally, which will eventually cause it to fail. However, installing a used battery may buy you enough time to sell or trade your car for something else before the battery fails again.
The battery part number is on a decal on the battery box. You will need this to order a new battery.
Honda Civic Hybrid IMA Battery Warranty
If the battery in your Honda Civic Hybrid fails while it is still under warranty, your Honda dealer will replace it at no cost. The original factory warranty on the IMA hybrid battery is 8 years or 80,000 miles, which ever comes first, or up to 10 years or 150,000 miles depending on the model year and the state where the vehicle was sold.
Due to the high failure rate of its IMS hybrid batteries, Honda extended the original warranty. Technical Service Bulletin 12-077 dates December 21, 2012 extended the original factory warranty coverage on the IMA battery module for some 2003-08 Civic Hybrids an additional 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first (see warranty chart below).
Honda extended the original warranty on the Civic IMA battery in 2012.
NOTE: The warranty period starts from the vehicle build date, not the date it was sold. The build date can be found on a plate on the driver door pillar.
In California and other states that have adopted California�s SULEV emission rules (NY, VT, ME, MA, RI and CT, plus NJ, OR, WA, PA, NM and FL since 2010), any vehicle that is certified to SULEV emission standards gets a 10 year or 150,000 mile battery warranty. To qualify for the extended warranty, your Civic must have been sold and registered in one of these qualifying states, and must be certified to SULEV emission standards (which can be found on the emissions decal in the engine compartment). Your local Honda dealer should also be able to verify this information using your vehicle�s VIN code.
On Honda�s 3rd generation Civic Hybrid (2012 and up), a totally different type of battery is used (lithium ion) and the battery comes with a 15 year or 150,000 mile factory warranty.
Diagnosing Honda Hybrid Battery Failure Problems
Your car�s self-diagnostic system will detect most problems that can occur in the hybrid battery or charging system. If a fault is detected, one or more fault codes will be set and the IMA warning light will be illuminated. To read the codes and diagnose the fault, a scan tool capable of reading Honda fault codes must be plugged into your car�s OBD II diagnostic connector (located under the dash near the steering column).
Though many aftermarket scan tools can read Honda codes, not all can read hybrid codes or access onboard self tests that may be necessary to pinpoint the problem. The best scan tool to use is a Honda scan tool such as the Vetronix Mastertech for 2003 models, or a Teradyne scan tool for 2004 and later models.
Honda Hybrid Battery Fault Codes
Any of the following codes usually means your Civic needs a new battery: POA7E, POA7F, P1435, P1446 or P1570.
Other battery related codes include P1447, P1449, POA9D, POA9E, POAC7, POACD, P1574, POA27 and POAE1. These codes indicate battery-related faults which may or may not require replacing the battery.
How to Recharge a Low Hybrid Battery
There is no high voltage battery charger that can be used to juice up a dead hybrid battery. So if your battery is fully discharged (no bars showing on the dash charge indicator), just start the engine and drive your car so the engine can recharge the battery.
For faster charging, you can remove the #15 fuse from the underhood fuse panel and run the engine at 3,000 RPM to fast charge the battery. When all of the status bars on the dash charge indicator are illuminated, the battery is fully charged.
A low or dead hybrid battery should not prevent your engine from starting because it also has a conventional 12-volt battery in the engine compartment, and a conventional starter motor to crank the engine. This system serves as a backup for the hybrid battery, and is also used during cold weather to start the engine.
How to Replace a Honda Civic Hybrid Battery
Caution: High Voltage hybrid batteries can be dangerous! A shock from a high voltage battery can be deadly.
Honda says to use the following procedure to disable the IMA system and isolate the high voltage battery:
Turn the ignition OFF and disconnect the negative ground cable from the conventional 12 volt battery in the engine compartment. This will disable the IMA controller and prevent it from routing high voltage into the IMA system. Then remove the back seat, remove the small switch cover on the battery pack, and turn the switch OFF (down). Wait at least five minutes for the system's high voltage capacitors to discharge before working on the battery or other IMA high voltage components.
If any work needs to be done on the hybrid battery junction board or control module, wear insulated gloves and use insulated tools.
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