Of all the rivalries in the automotive world, the competition between the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius might be the most overlooked, but most important at the same time. Sure, it’s not the oldest rivalry either, but the two hybrids have been challenging one another since 1999 when the Insight first went into production to answer the question posed first by the Prius: is the world ready for hybrid vehicles?
Although the entire market for hybrid vehicles has diversified in recent years, the leaders still seem to be the Insight and the Prius, at least for now. Rolling on into their next decades of production with the 2020 model year, and both vehicles have seen their fair share of changes. The Prius still looks like an odd sort of hatchback while the Insight has come into its own taking on an appearance like its sibling, the Civic. The following table looks at available features and specifications of each and how the two hybrids compare.
2020 Honda Insight
2020 Toyota Prius
|$22,930 Starting MSRP*||Base Model Price||$24,325 Starting MSRP|
|55 City/49 Highway/52 Combined MPG**||Fuel Efficiency||54 City/ 50 Highway/52 Combined MPG|
|$28,340 Starting MSRP* For Touring Trim||Premium Trim Level Price||$32,500 Starting MSRP for Limited Trim|
The biggest issue between these two hybrid vehicles is price. The 2020 Honda Insight is just easier to get into, and easier to afford at its highest trim level. The fuel economy estimates vary depending on the trim level for each vehicle, but the Prius is a bit vexing as its estimates fluctuate by a wider range than the Insight from one trim to another.
Considering that the Insight can produce more horsepower, and can be purchased for less than the Prius, it’s a one-sided competition. The 2020 Honda Insight keeps proving itself more worth the money. Not only that, but the Insight looks more like a real car, with handsome, pronounced features that the Prius can’t seem to nail down.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.