Honda’s hybrid history started with the Insight in the late 1990s, which beat the Toyota Prius to the U.S. market by a few months and was originally rated at 70 mpg by the EPA. The Insight transformed from a tiny, teardrop-shaped two-door in its first generation to a Prius-shaped four-door in its second generation before being scuttled due to poor sales in 2014. Now returning for a third iteration, the Insight is taking its most conventional form yet. Looking much like a warmed over 10th-generation Civic sedan with the face of an Accord, the Insight will arrive in summer 2018 as a dedicated hybrid model powered by Honda’s two-motor gasoline-electric drivetrain.
This new model seems poised to take the place of the Civic hybrid, which was dropped from the lineup with the compact car’s latest redesign. Given that its side surfacing and overall proportions make it look remarkably similar to the Civic sedan, we’re betting that the Insight uses the same front-wheel-drive platform.