2022 Honda Insight Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain & electrical system issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Every driver is looking for the perfect mix between efficiency and style, which is what draws many to the 2022 Honda Insight. After all, the automaker claims it is “style meets savvy.” Yet, it doesn’t take long to find out this model has a defective electrical system and malfunctioning powertrain.

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Problems with the Electrical System

While the 2022 Honda Insight isn’t designed to be a high-priced luxury vehicle, the electrical system should still be reliable and functional, yet it’s not.

One NHTSA review states, “Throughout short ownership of the vehicle, a ‘Charing System Problem’ warning light has occurred when starting, and during operation, of the vehicle. The warning light occurs intermittently during start-ups and whilst driving. The warning light possibly indicates an error with the charging system of the vehicle that may potentially result in loss/reduction of power of the vehicle. This may result in an increase of a vehicle collision. The vehicle is currently under inspection by [dealership], and the service department states they cannot properly reproduce/identify/diagnose the issue at this time.”

It makes sense why Honda isn’t able to pay attention to this issue; the technicians are too busy dealing with NHTSA Campaign Number 21V900000. It states that the second-row center seat might have an automatic locking seat belt retractor that doesn’t deactivate the way it should. This could result in an unsecured child, which could be very dangerous in the midst of an accident. Let’s face it; there’s nothing “stylish” or “savvy” about leaving children unprotected.

Problems with the Powertrain

The complaints continue to point out how bad the powertrain is in this Honda hybrid vehicle.

An Edmunds review states, “The paddle shifters are another story. Their purpose is to adjust the strength of regenerative braking. They do what they are supposed to do but you need to fiddle with them constantly since when you set a regen level the system automatically reverts back to factory default(weakest regen) whenever you touch either pedal, gas or brake. Let’s say you were coming down a long hill and using the paddles you set the appropriate level of regen so you slow yourself down and maximize charging of the battery, but if during your descent you needed to touch the brake or throttle for a traffic situation then you need to reset the paddles again. It’s an unnecessary distraction.”

While Honda was the leader for many years, the company has been falling behind the competition recently. In a few years’ time, it may no longer be a top choice if the quality continues plummeting downhill. It’s time for the engineers to gain some “insight” into how an automobile should be built.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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