2019 Toyota Prius vs. 2019 Honda Insight — Hybrid Comparison Battle

2019 Toyota Prius vs. 2019 Honda Insight — Hybrid Comparison Battle


ELANA SCHERR: The epic battles
of automotive history– Corvette vs. 911,
F-150 vs. Silverado, 3-Series vs. C-class,
Camaro vs. Mustang. DAN EDMUNDS: And don’t forget– Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: These
high mileage hybrids represent another
iconic car pairing. DAN EDMUNDS: That’s right. These are the
longest-running names in the hybrid business
because they’re the ones that started it all. ELANA SCHERR: Today, we’re
going to figure out which of these two is right for you. DAN EDMUNDS: But before
we get into that, remember to use
Edmunds next time you’re ready to buy a car,
truck, or hybrid vehicle. And click Subscribe
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us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. [MUSIC PLAYING] With EVs, plug-in hybrids, and
standard hybrids on the market, it can get confusing
knowing which car falls into which category. The Prius and the
Insight we have here are standard hybrids– no range anxiety or
need for a home charger. These guys charge
their own batteries. DAN EDMUNDS: And they
can do that because they have electric motors paired
with their gasoline engines. Those motors don’t just
move the car forward, they also generate electricity
and slow the car each time you hit the brakes. And that’s why hybrids get
such great fuel economy. In fact, most deliver
higher city mileage than highway mileage. So the Prius is actually
a really nice place to sit if you’re the driver. That didn’t used to be the
case– at least for me. But this new
generation that’s been around the last couple of
years, they lowered the seat, they made it height adjustable,
and they improved the reach of the steering wheel. So it’s a more normal
driving position. I don’t feel like I’m in a bus. Car’s a little bit narrower
than I might like, but certainly my headroom and leg room– plenty of that. After that, the
weirdness of the Prius starts to become apparent. For one, I’ve never been a
fan of the centrally-mounted instruments. The other thing that always
bugs me is this shifter here. It’s so bad that they
have to put a beeper in it in case you put it in
reverse inadvertently. You couldn’t tell otherwise. It’s also got a park
button and a park brake, which always gets
people confused. But other than that, the
climate control system is really easy to use. These are nice,
big cup holders– seat heaters are here. The stereo in this Prius
doesn’t have Apple CarPlay, but that’s going
to change in 2020. But you will lose the CD
player, which is here now, and it won’t be next year. Well, that’s about
it for the front. Elana, how are
you doing in back? ELANA SCHERR: Actually,
it’s great back here. I mean, you’re a
tall dude, and I got plenty of space,
lots of headroom, two USB ports, and cup holders. DAN EDMUNDS: Nice. Well, why don’t you hop in the
front and let’s go for a drive? ELANA SCHERR: Do they
have cup holders up there? DAN EDMUNDS: Oh yeah. ELANA SCHERR: I feel like the
Prius is a really good example of a car where if you haven’t
been in one in a few years, your idea of what it’s like to
drive one is just totally wrong now. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, absolutely. A couple of years ago, they
redesigned the car completely, made it look a little
bit more like a Dart. And in the process
of doing that, they really improved it in
a lot of ways, actually. Driving position here
where I am is much better. And then the ride is also
more refined and smoother because they’ve replaced the
old twist beam suspension with a multi-leg setup. And that just makes the ride
that much more pleasant. It also improves the handling,
the steering is good. The main dynamic
problem I have with it is the way the brakes feel. ELANA SCHERR: They
feel very soft. It’s not that they
don’t stop the car– they will stop the car fine. But they feel– what’s
the opposite of confident? Insecure. They have insecure
feeling brakes. DAN EDMUNDS: What’s
going on is this kind of a brake by wire system. So when you press
the pedal, you’re really telling the computer
you want to slow down. And it’s looking at how hard
and how far you press the pedal and kind of determining how
much stopping power to give you. And then it decides
well, I’ll use the magnetism of
the electric motor or I’ll use the friction
brakes or maybe both together. And so as a result,
you’re not really pushing on a master
cylinder like you are in every other car. Now, all electrified cars–
electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids– they
all have brakes like this. But for some reason,
the Prius has just never gotten any
better from what they landed with about 20 years
ago when the car came out. And the biggest thing for me is
when you back out of a parking space, because you’re trying
to just kind of lightly dab the brakes and
they’re a little too grabby at that point. And it just doesn’t feel right. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it
would be hard to stage this car for a dragster. Speaking of dragsters, my
feelings about the Prius are always like, oh my god, it’s
the slowest car you can buy. And that is not true anymore. DAN EDMUNDS: No. It’s no problem when
you want to merge onto a freeway or past somebody. I mean, it’s not a speed
demon, but it certainly has enough power to
get out of its own way. ELANA SCHERR: Well, and
then we took these cars all the way up in the
mountains because we wanted to be surrounded by trees
because we’re eco conscious. We’re saving gas. We’re saving the environment. DAN EDMUNDS: And we like trees. ELANA SCHERR: And we like trees. And we had some serious
hills to get up here, and the Prius seemed like it
had no problem doing that. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. And in the past, a Prius
might have made a lot of noise as the continuously variable
transmission spun up the engine. But now they’ve got
more sound insulation, and it’s not nearly
as noticeable as it has been in the past. On coarse roads like
this one, you’ll hear a little bit of
road noise because these are low-rolling resistance tires
and they’re kind of skinny. And there’s just
only so much they can get a tire to do when
they’re trying to maximize them for fuel economy. ELANA SCHERR:
Something that we’re seeing in pretty
much all new cars is all these different
changeable modes, right? Because you’re no longer
stuck just with however the car was designed originally,
because there’s computers controlling everything. So when you’re in a
performance car, a lot of times they have modes like comfortable
driving, semi-sporty driving, and then hardcore track driving. When you’re in EVs and hybrid,
it’s almost the opposite. The different modes are not
to be more power usually, they’re sort of more efficient. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, exactly. In this car, you’ve
got the normal mode, which is just fine. You can get the
rated fuel economy. In fact, we’ve had
48 miles per gallon on the way here without
really trying very hard. But there is an eco button, and
it really just kind of helps by making the throttle
a little deader– in case you’re a lead foot,
maybe it helps you out– ELANA SCHERR: Was
that directed at me? DAN EDMUNDS: If you
can’t help yourself. ELANA SCHERR: Was that, like,
very pointedly directed at me? DAN EDMUNDS: I didn’t say– ELANA SCHERR: You looked at me. DAN EDMUNDS: I said you in a
kind of a more general sense. It wasn’t you. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it was me. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. Anyhow, that also turned
down the air conditioner a little bit. And on the other
end of it, there is a power mode which
will use more fuel but will help make it a
little bit more responsive. But really, this car is
just fine in normal mode. You really don’t get a lot
for either of those other two modes. Now, there is another
mode, an EV button is here. And if you’re going
slow enough, you can cruise along a little
ways in electric mode. But it isn’t really anything
you can do for any distance. ELANA SCHERR: Is
that mostly for light coming quietly
into a neighborhood or tooling around a parking lot? Or is it kind of just
a for show thing? DAN EDMUNDS: It’s one
of those things where it feels like something you
can amaze your friends with, but it’s not enough to actually
go anywhere in that mode. And if you get on
the throttle at all and ask the car to
accelerate even a little bit, it pops out of that
mode right away. ELANA SCHERR: This is
a really pretty road, and it’s also a very curvy road. DAN EDMUNDS: Yes. ELANA SCHERR: So
you’re behind the wheel right now, what do you feel? DAN EDMUNDS: The steering
feels pretty good. It weights up in corners. The car follows the
line I want it to go on. There’s no surprises there. It doesn’t feel like
it’s going to be affected by bumps
that I might hit in the middle of the corners. And that’s partially helped
by the rear suspension, which is a lot more compliant
than it has been in the past. It’s just really easy to drive
on this road and actually a little bit of fun. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah,
I was surprised because the design of the car,
it looks kind of top heavy. But of course, it isn’t. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. Well, one of the benefits of
the lower seating position is you don’t move as much
when the car rolls in corners. And the car doesn’t
roll as much in corners because the center of
gravity isn’t as high. ELANA SCHERR: They put better
tires on them now too, right? The very early
ones had these kind of very hard, super
low-friction tires. I felt like they didn’t
have a great grip. DAN EDMUNDS: Well,
these are still low-rolling resistance
tires, but the technology that goes into low
rolling resistance tires has been improving
for 20, 25 years. And so the tires that we have
today can provide more grip. ELANA SCHERR: Dan,
I think you and I have the same major
complaint about the Prius. All right, say it on three– ready– one, two, three– DAN EDMUNDS: The shifter. ELANA SCHERR: The
center console– oh. DAN EDMUNDS: What? No actually, I agree with you. ELANA SCHERR: I agree with you. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, they’re
both a little bit weird. I mean, the shifter in the
Prius started out weird when they first
introduced the car. It’s so weird that they have
to have a beeper inside the car when you’re in reverse to
let you know that you are in reverse because if
you look at the lever, you won’t be able to tell. Woo, corners. The center display is,
well, it’s in the center. And it’s just not
where I want to look. I want to look straight
ahead at the road. Right here inside
the steering wheel’s where I expect the
instruments to be. And they’re just not there. ELANA SCHERR: Well,
OK, to be totally fair, people like a little
quirk in a car. DAN EDMUNDS: Well, that’s true. ELANA SCHERR: I could get
used to the information being in the center console. Even the Mercedes
A-class and stuff is starting to have these
big, long displays that go all the way across the dash. So obviously we as humans
can get used to that. But they didn’t do anything
with the blank space behind the steering wheel. It’s just this sad,
blank piece of plastic. It just seems like such
a design fail to me. DAN EDMUNDS: If I have to
give it one positive point, it’s because if your eyes don’t
focus as well as they used to, it’s further away than it
would be if it was right here. And that makes it
easier to keep in focus. So I can just see it. ELANA SCHERR: That’s a stretch. That’s a stretch, Dan. DAN EDMUNDS: Is it? ELANA SCHERR: I think
that’s a stretch. DAN EDMUNDS: Talk
to me in 10 years– maybe 20. ELANA SCHERR: I
will say, though, that the graphics that
tell you how you’re doing and what’s recharging what
and how full your battery is are a super fun game. And I understand why so
many Prius drivers are doing weird braking things and
driving slow in front of you, because they’re
recharging their batteries and they’re watching
it happen in real time. And it is kind of addictive. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, the
highest I’ve ever scored is 93 out of 100, and I
don’t know how to get to 100. ELANA SCHERR: I really enjoy
getting into the Insight. First of all, it’s
a very friendly car. It makes a sweet humming sound
when it’s in the electric mode. And when you first
get into the car when you have the key–
even before you turn it on– it sort of plays
you this little song like it’s happy to see you. So I feel affectionate
towards it. It doesn’t hurt that
it looks great too. I mean, I like it
for its personality, but also it’s got good looks. The materials are nice
and they’re interesting. Some of that is because we
are in the touring tram, and so the power
leather seats are something that you do pay for. But I think they’re worth it. Everything is laid out
nicely in the Insight. I know exactly how to
work it even if I’ve never been in one before. It has a kind of funky
push button shifter, but unlike some of the other
cars with their very strange shifters, it’s real
obvious what you press to get what gear you need
and also what gear you’re in. I mean, it lights up. I do have one complaint
about the shifter– this is only going to be
relevant to those of you who do this– which is that the park
button is really skinny, and I keep hitting
my nail on it. And I’m kind of worried
I’m going to break one. So Honda designers, hear me out. Think of the manicures. Another thing that’s
great about the interior is that it’s all
very adjustable. First of all, nice,
big phone pad. You can fit a lot of
different models in it. And the USB ports
are right up next to where you’re going to put
the phone so you don’t end up with a cord that’s running all
the way across your console. There’s also a 12-volt outlet. Your different driving modes– very clear, very obvious. There’s cup holders
in the console. It also slides back, and you
can fit a giant Big Gulp. This armrest also slides back. So if like me you’re short,
you have your seat far forward, you can move the
armrest far forward. And if you are Dan
and you are tall, you can move the armrest back. And then you’ve got
a console underneath. Very smart. Honda always does a good job
with storage in the interior. Gauge clusters nice
and clear, and you’ve got a nice infotainment screen. It’s big, it’s very
clear, it has all these nice, physical
buttons that run down it and a volume knob. And it works very well. But if you don’t
want to use it, you don’t have to, because
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported. Because of the push button
shifter, there’s a lot of room up here in the front seat. But I don’t know if Dan’s
going to say the same thing about the backseat. Dan? DAN EDMUNDS: Actually, it’s
pretty spacious back here. I’ve got plenty of leg room. It’s nice and wide. My hair touches the roof just
a little bit, but I’m 6 foot 2. So this is pretty decent. I could spend a lot
of time back here. ELANA SCHERR: Unless you
needed to charge a phone. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh right. There are no USB
ports back here. This is the touring, right? ELANA SCHERR: Why don’t
you get in the front seat? You can charge up here. DAN EDMUNDS: OK. ELANA SCHERR: Dan, I’m hoping
that this next drive gives us some insight into which
one we like better. DAN EDMUNDS: I see what you did. ELANA SCHERR: I did that. DAN EDMUNDS: The Prius
has certainly changed, but it’s still
following the same path it established when it was new. But the insight has really
had a lot of twists and turns. It started out as a really
weird little car that’s still beloved by people who own them. And then it turned
into something that tried to be a Prius. And now– ELANA SCHERR: It looks
like a regular civic. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah exactly, just
with a more premium interior and a little bit less
of a boy racer exterior. ELANA SCHERR: Hey, nothing
against boy racers. DAN EDMUNDS: No. So how is this driving? I mean, it feels a little
bit different than the Prius. ELANA SCHERR: I
think the Prius feels a little bit more powerful. This engine seems to be
working a little harder to make us move–
or at least it’s making more noise
about what it’s doing. DAN EDMUNDS: It sounds like
it’s working harder, yeah. I don’t know if it is. ELANA SCHERR: I mean,
it isn’t like it’s not getting us up the hill. And if I’m not satisfied
with it in the normal mode, I can put it in a
sport mode and it does give me sort of a
little more throttle response then so I don’t
have to floor it. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. This car feels
like a real sedan. How does it drive? ELANA SCHERR: It drives
like a real sedan. Actually, I think
in some cases it drives better than what you’d
expect from a real sedan, because it’s kind of got that
nice, low center of gravity. And you do feel that when you’re
going around corners because it doesn’t feel tippy. I mean, the whole car is a
little bit longer and wider than it used to be. And it’s longer and
wider than the Prius. DAN EDMUNDS: I mean,
this looks and feels like a premium Civic
not the kind of hybrid that the Insight used to be,
which was a wannabe Prius. ELANA SCHERR: Well that’s
exactly what it is. It shares a lot of its
underpinnings with the Civic. And it looks like a Civic. It’s basically the Civic
hybrid but with a fancy name. DAN EDMUNDS: What? I couldn’t hear you
about that engine there. ELANA SCHERR: Oh I know. How would you
describe that sound? Sad cow? Haunted house? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah
there’s some of that. It sounds like it’s complaining,
but it’s doing the job. I think it’s just not as much
sound insulation or something. You seem to be getting around
these corners really easily. I see a smile on your face. ELANA SCHERR: It’s
actually pretty fun. This is a beautiful road. And to be able to take
a car like this up here without worrying about
the range or where I’m going to plug
it in to charge it is kind of the whole
point of getting a hybrid. DAN EDMUNDS: Exactly. Yeah, and it’s interesting
how these cars have such different approaches but
they end up in the same place as far as fuel economy. They’re both rated
at about 52 MPG combined, which is outstanding. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah it’s crazy. You think about how
just 20 years ago a car that was getting that much would
be full-on science fiction. DAN EDMUNDS: And really dinky. ELANA SCHERR: One of
the things that I really like about driving
the insight is the seats are so comfortable. DAN EDMUNDS: Right? ELANA SCHERR: Oh my god. We’ve been on a long
drive for this shoot, and I have not wanted
to get out of this car. DAN EDMUNDS: Power leather–
we are on the touring, so it has some of those
bells and whistles. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, I think
you give up 2 or 3 MPG to get power seats and
this fancy moonroof. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. The 52 MPG is the LX and
the EX not the touring. ELANA SCHERR: But it’s
still very affordable, even in the touring trim. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh absolutely. I mean, yeah, you don’t
have to pay a lot of money to save money on gas. ELANA SCHERR: Which you used to. I mean, that is an incredible
thing about the new hybrids. It used to be you were kind
of doing it to make a point. You weren’t really going to
drive the car for as many years as you would need to make
up how much more expensive it was than just getting
a gasoline engine. But nowadays, they’re
really affordable. It’s also not a
forced look anymore. And that, I think, is
what the Insight gives you over the Prius. You don’t have to kind of join
a community of hybrid people. You can just have a nice
car that’s a hybrid. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. The Prius is a little bit more
like a tattoo in that regard. Everybody knows what you’re in. ELANA SCHERR: So really when
you’re thinking about the two cars together, it isn’t
like a one is a better approach than the
other, it’s just that they’re so different they
really give you an option. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. Even though they’re two
different approaches, they’re pretty much
the same fuel economy. ELANA SCHERR: Which
is interesting, because they don’t
drive the same. DAN EDMUNDS: Right. ELANA SCHERR: They’re
very different. So, Dan, which of these
would you take home? DAN EDMUNDS: Oh,
it’s a close call. I like them both
and there’s things I don’t like about them both– the noise in the Insight and the
brake pedal feel of the Prius, but those two things kind
of cancel each other out. And in the end for
me, it’s the Insight, because it’s the bigger,
more mature car that I could see myself driving every day. ELANA SCHERR: I’ve got
to go with you, Dan. I would also choose the Insight
because I’m extremely shallow and I think it’s prettier. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
it is prettier. ELANA SCHERR: But seriously,
in the end, it was so close. I did not expect
it to be so close, but both cars were really
pretty nice to drive and they would both be
extremely useful as day lays. I think that the
Prius might win out in terms of being
more family friendly, because it’s available
with all-wheel drive and that hatchback. It just has a little bit
more room for everybody. But the Insight
looks so much better. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh yeah. Absolutely. And that reminds me in
the past cars like this, you had to give up a lot
to get high fuel economy. But that’s not true anymore. Each of these is a
great daily driver. You can’t go wrong
with either one. But in the end, the
Insight is higher ranked on the Edmunds rankings. It’s got the number one spot. ELANA SCHERR: So get out
there, save some money on gas, and figure out what you’re
going to spend it on. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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70 Comments

  1. “ save some money on gas and figure out what you’re going to spend it on” huh you already spent the money on the higher cost of the hybrid.

  2. I feel like you missed a few key points you should've touched on with this review. This review was more about how you felt about the two cars, and not a technical comparison. As a prospective buyer, some numbers would be nice in future comparisons! Food for thought.

  3. Shit review because all of these talking points would have applied to anyone's first experience in a Prius anytime in the last 15 years. These are derivative and evolved design traits of the Prius, you should be telling us HOW they evolved, WHAT's different, and does it work better? The lady would have given more interesting insights for "feelings" about the car. You wanted to espouse your knowledge of handling dynamics, but in doing so told us absolutely nothing, using the same generic phrases that are driving readers away from the mags.

  4. Keep your Honda and that terrible engine noise. I'll take the all wheel drive and cargo versatility. I live in Michigan.

  5. More like:
    Appearance
    Prius: 4/10
    Insight: 7/10
    Interior
    Prius: 5/10
    Insight: 9/10
    MPG
    Prius: 9/10
    Insight: 8/10
    Interior Usability
    Prius: 10/10
    Insight: 6/10
    Total
    Prius: 28
    Insight: 30
    Main highlights: The Prius cargo capacity is amazing, and the insight actually looks non embarrasing.

  6. Good summarization of two top hybrids. Enlightening and informative.

    Still felt like giant douchebag vs turd sandwich, but thats just the South Park part of me.

  7. "20 years ago getting that would be science fiction…" actually, they were around, just not popular. Example, 3 cylinder geo metro.

  8. Nice vid. The only thing that would have made it better is at the end Mike Finnegan rolled in with an Abrams tank and crushed both
    of those boring toasters in to the mud. But hey, actuaries need cars too, right?

  9. I would likely buy a Kia Niro or Hyundai Ioniq instead- a longer warranty, including a lifetime warranty for the big hybrid battery known to start failing after 125 thousand miles for the Toyota Pre-Eye.

  10. Wish the carmakers would get up to date on their USB ports. My phone from 2016 isn't compatible with most 2020 cars(the Blazer is the only one I'm aware of.) Yeah I'm sure an adapter would work but at that point may as well grab an old adapter for the 120v.

  11. When you reverse it's in electric mode so it's silent and that's why you need the reverse bleeping sound to earn pedestrians that the car is backing up. This is also compulsory in Europe on hybrid and electric vehicles.

  12. The CVT on the Toyota is a proven tried and tested and any issues have been ironed out. The CVT with the Honda has had reliability issues . Always check before buying a car on how reliable it is.

  13. After reading a lot of reviews and comparisons between the Prius and Insight on Edmunds and other sites, I ended up buying a 2019 Insight EX about 4 months ago even though I originally wanted a Prius. Main reasons are I prefered the more traditional instrument panel layout of the Insight, I wanted the better smartphone connectivity, and TBH I didn't want to get memed on for having a Prius. The significantly higher storage capacity of the Prius was tempting as well as the option for AWD (which costs you some fuel economy because it's heavier). Mid tier trim of the Insight is also like $4k cheaper than the mid tier Prius. MPG is almost identical with Prius listed as slightly higher although the way you drive and the conditions in which you're driving (roads, weather) have a much bigger impact on efficiency than which one you choose. Honestly they are similar enough that simply choosing one based on which aesthetic you prefer is not a bad way to go.

  14. The Prius shifter is weird, but it's a good design because it takes very little space and you can control it without looking. The Gen 3 even had a second storage bin under the shifter… unfortunately Toyota put it in a sea of wasted space this time.

    The Clarity also has extra storage under the shifter; the Insight and new Prius front consoles are both sadly style over substance in this respect with empty plastic boxes.

    The Prius cupholders and both cars are hugely improved over the previous generation, but it's sad to see the designers do this, the Japanese are masters of maximizing space and they just decided not to bother.

  15. Had a second gen insight and hated it after a few years. Drove the new one and loved it but the seats were horrible, the passenger wouldn't raise up.

  16. That engine noise in the Honda is what killed it for me. Okay so it looks better, but Id rather get clowned about the aesthetics than the engine sounding like it's going to blow at any moment. I think I'm going to go with Toyota.

  17. Thanks for the great comparison. I might lean towards the Prius based on Toyota's 20 year of experience with designing and making hybrids, but I agree that the Insight is more attractive.

  18. Test drove a 2019 Prius. I really liked it. I would rather get it than an EV. but one major problem is the insurance cost per month is $100 more than what I pay now. WTH??? Why is that?? That Honda is noisy lol

  19. The insight is a prettier car. The Prius is well polarizing. However, the drive train with the Prius is better to live with. Personally, I'd go with the new Corolla hybrid. Conventional sedan styling with a proven Prius drive train. The noise on the Insight is a real deal breaker for me.

  20. I have a ‘19 insight touring and the only problem I have with it is the engine noise. Driving up the i5 mountain between LA and Bakersfield made my ears explode and my heart pumping like crazy. The whole ride up, I felt like the car was really struggling and that was only cause of the noise it made. Everything else about the car is amazing! Got it for 25.5k out the door

    Edit: I will add, another complaint is that the gas tank is tiny. I think it’s only 10 gallons which equates to 420-500 miles which is acceptable

  21. The prius and it's center displays could of been offset with a heads up display for the driver, I'm suprised they didn't think of that

  22. I just don't understand why anyone would buy the Prius over the Insight. I think the Honda knocked it out of the ballpark with the new insight.

  23. Having driven a lot of both (delivering them to the buyers), I've never seen the insight come close to their claimed mileage. On the other hand, the Prius normally hits or exceeds the mileage claims.

    Driver ergonomics are good in both. But the space in the Prius is a big deal. It's not just a measurement, but the real usefulness of it.

    All together, I don't think people buy hybrids for style or speed. I think mileage is a top reason, and utility is a close second. The Honda is far better than it used to be. But I feel like they still have a ways to go. Toyota has owned this segment since they created it, and isn't really being threatened yet.

  24. From my perspective, Honda really missed an opportunity with the Insight and the Civic that it’s based on. The interior and exterior styling of the Insight is much better than the Civic, but the turbocharged powertrain (even with the CVT) in the civic is far superior to the loud groan coming from underneath the Insight’s hood. Give me the 1.5T L15 in the Insight, lose the battery pack and take my money, Honda!

  25. You didn't mention the difference in their drive trains. And it's huge! For starters, Prius has a planetary gear and the Insight has no transmission at all.

  26. Prius 200k miles 99% no major problems. Insight 50/50 at the same miles? Reliability is key when sportiness and performance dont mean much. A lot of the problems with the hondas of the past were bad hybrid batteries and failed transmissions. They are not proven reliable yet. They do look less hybridYYYY though.

  27. I have an insight myself and it's super quiet on normal roads and highways. People can't even tell that it's on. It only gets loud like that when using harder acceleration like going uphill or driving in sport mode. Think of the RPM's. When the gauge get's past a certain point, the noise kicks in. Fun fact, the loud engine noise you hear is actually a sound effect put in by Honda to give it a more sporty sound and feel when using more power. It doesn't come from the engine itself. When designing the Insight, Honda didn't want it to have a typical hybrid look and feel. Even the battery is stored under the back seat instead of the trunk like other hybrids to give you full trunk space. Most people that see my car can't tell it's a hybrid until I start driving and they notice how quiet it is.

  28. If you put the insight in sport mode, the the CVT doesn’t slip as much, and it’s much quieter. I own one. I know. That woman is driving it wrong , When in hills, you have to change modes.

  29. While I totally dislike the Prius dash, I was as surprised as the others at how noisy the Insight was. I’ll skip both of these and step up to the Accord hybrid.

  30. The old Prius cars are being used by taxis so that appears to uphold the Toyota reputation for build quality. However, that Honda looks good enough for me to drive.

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