Insight Tops EPA Fuel Economy Report

12/27/2000 4:23:00 AM

The 2001 Honda Insight earned top honors for the second straight year in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual report on automotive fuel economy. With an average fuel economy of 64 mpg, the Insight surpassed the next most efficient vehicle by more than 16 mpg.

Also making the top ten list were two versions of the all-new 2001 Honda Civic, the Civic HX with manual transmission and the Civic HX with CVT (continuously variable transmission). The all-new Civic, now classified as a compact car by the EPA, boasts significant improvements in safety, performance and efficiency, with fuel economy gains ranging from five to nine percent over previous models.

"With fuel prices hitting new highs, we see consumers looking more closely at fuel economy as a factor in their car purchase," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Also posting a top score in the 2001 fuel economy study is the redesigned 2001 Accord, earning a tie for first place in the mid-size car segment. The Accord Sedan and Coupe boast new styling, a quieter ride and numerous other improvements for 2001.

The Honda Insight made the top ten list on the EPA's annual fuel economy report.