2012 Honda Insight starts at $19.120 image

The Japanese automaker Honda has released the 2012 model year of its Insight hybrid hatchback in the United States which is now $150 more than the last year’s base model, while coming with some interesting new features.

The entry-level version of the Insight has been priced at $19.120 which is actually 150 USD more than the last year’s version, and in return Honda is offering some extra rear seat headroom and legroom, a different instrument cluster and more rear visibility thanks to a slimmer wiper and thinner spoiler.

Honda says that the Insight LX can be bought for 20.895 USD, up $225, which is coming with upgraded seat fabric, a four-speaker sound system, USB audio connectivity, floor mats, security system, map lights and steering wheel audio controls.

The Honda Insight EX is now available at $22.585, up $325, and brings Bluetooth, automatic headlights, synthetic leather and fabric wrapped seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, alloy wheels, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, heated side mirrors, six-speaker sound system and an optional sat-nav for $1.725 which includes a rearview camera.

The 2012 Honda Insight seems to remain in the Toyota Prius’ shadow even if the “new” versions claim to be more efficient, less cheap inside and slightly quieter.