The Spy Guy recently scored some seat time in the automaker’s newest gas-electric model, and found it to be leaps and bounds ahead of the previous Honda Insight that bowed out after the 2014 model year. It was thrifty enough, but was ultimately overwhelmed by Toyota’s highly successful Prius. This time around, the Insight is based on the Honda Civic sedan, although a mild front and rear redesign has yielded a more attractive shape. The car’s hybrid powerplant produces a net 151 horsepower, which is enough to create decent acceleration along with an estimated 52 miles per gallon for combined city/highway driving. That number matches the similarly priced Prius’s number, but from a fun-to-drive perspective the Insight goes straight to the head of the class. Pricing begins at $23,700, including destination charges.

The new Honda Insight leaves the previous model on the dust. (PHOTO: HONDA)

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