Engine/Chassis Features

Three Power Modes

What’s the Benefit?

The Insight’s three modes enable the car to operate in the most fuel-efficient36 mode for the conditions.

The Feature:

Three power modes allow the Insight to operate with the utmost efficiency.

  • Power-flow indicators in the Display Audio, keep the driver apprised of which mode is in use.
  • In EV Drive, the Insight is propelled solely by its electric motor and the lithium-ion battery pack.
  • This mode can be selected—and used for short distances—by pressing the EV button.
  • When the battery runs low, the Insight automatically switches to Hybrid Drive and the engine starts to power the generator, which in turn supplies the drive motor with electricity.
  • In Engine Drive, a clutch engages to mechanically link the engine to the front drive wheels at highway speeds.