In addition to the IMA system's lightweight aluminum body, Honda engineers designed a new lightweight chassis for the Insight. The Insight's independent front suspension uses lightweight, forged-aluminum suspension arms and aluminum front suspension knuckles. The braking system's front calipers are also aluminum alloy, as are the rear brake drums.
The rear suspension is a highly compact twist-beam design that sits completely below the Insight's flat cargo floor, along with the lightweight plastic-resin 10.6-gallon fuel tank and gas-pressurized rear shock absorbers. The rear suspension is also designed to help absorb the energy of a rear impact.
Numerous storage areas are conveniently located throughout the interior, including a large pull-out tray for the driver, two beverage holders, a 274-cubic-inch glove compartment, a passenger seatback pocket and a handy rear-center net pocket.
The rear cargo has 5.0 cubic feet of cargo space and is easily accessible via the rear storage hatch. Valuables can be hidden out of sight in an additional 1.5-cubic-foot storage bin built into the floor of the cargo area, under the carpet.