Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Every 2012 Insight features a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Similar to an automatic transmission, CVT is an advanced transmission that substitutes the gears found in more traditional transmissions and replaces them with a metal push-belt running between a pair of variable-width pulleys. Combined with the Drive-by-Wire throttle system, the CVT constantly adjusts to provide the most efficient drive ratio possible depending on torque load. Honda's CVT provides better fuel economy and acceleration when compared to a conventional transmission.
Plus, the 2012 Insight has been revised and streamlined for even better fuel economy.
 Horsepower and torque measured with IMA system.
 41 city/44 hwy/42 combined mpg. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.