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2000 ICOTY Awards - ECO Friendly
Most Likely to Change the World - Honda Insight

ROAD & TRAVEL's Most Likely to Change the World in 2000 -- Honda InsightWho says cute can’t be practical? Case in point: the Honda Insight, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle sold in the States. While engine output won’t make you eyes bleed, the 1-liter 3-cylinder engine, good for 70 miles per gallon, won’t make your wallet bleed, either.

Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system is the brains behind this compact runabout. No external power supply is needed for recharging, which means no down time waiting for the vehicle to cycle. Blending a small gas engine with a permanent-magnet electric motor allows the Insight to travel worry free down the road.

Honda knows no one wants to surrender creature comforts, so its all there, as well: power doors and windows, remote entry, AM/FM stereo with cassette, rear defroster, and even intermittent wipers. And the best part is this isn’t a $40,000 vehicle that needs subsidies; starting price for the Insight is $18,800—definitely something that will change our world for the better.

Runner-Up: Toyota Prius
Third Place: Ford Ranger

Most Respected
Luxury Car of the Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Most Likely to Change the World
ECO- Friendly Car of the Year
Honda Insight

Most Likely to Survive Anything
SUV of the Year
Ford Excursion