Honda Insight Tries, But Ultimately Fails To Upstage The Toyota Prius

On sale in the United States since last summer, the Insight is Honda’s alternative to the Toyota Prius.

It has an MSRP of $22,830, just $645 less than its rival, and combines a 1.5-liter engine with an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and an eCVT transmission.

The total output is 151 hp (153 PS / 112 kW) and it has a fuel economy rating of 55/49/52 mpg (4.3/4.8/4.5 l/100 km / 66/59/62 mpg UK) in city/highway/combined.

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Standard equipment in the entry-level LX include LED lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, infotainment system with 5-inch screen and automatic climate control. Thus, even the most basic version of the Insight is well equipped.

So far, everything sounds promising. Consumer Reports, however, said that it has a few major issues that prevent them from recommending it over the Prius.

The uncomfortable driver’s seat, engine noise, odd interior design choices and the brand’s push-button gear selector are among the weak points. Some drivers will probably not appreciate the fact that the Insight is too low to the ground, too, as this makes ingress and egress a small challenge.

On the good side, though, the reviewer did appreciate the standard suite of driving assistance features,and the interior build quality, among others, in the test car that cost $28,090.

For the rest of his observations, we invite you to check out the short video review right below.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I see a huge upside, you don’t have to live with the Prius’ incredibly ugly looks.

    What a terrible vehicle inside and out the Prius is.

    • Bash

      Exactly my thoughts, this is much better and nicer looking inside out. The Prius is way overrated. And the only nice thing about it, it’s the range.

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      The 2019 Prius though doesn’t look THAT bad..

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        I’d probably think the same thing if I didn’t have eyes.

  • Stephen G

    I would buy the Insight on looks alone. Oh yeah, and, it’s a Honda..

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Unpopular Opinion: The new Insight is good… but not really what I expected it to be…

  • Warren Trout

    Great car for the 20th century.

  • El Howard

    The Insight was obviously intended to compete with the Prius, yes. But that doesn’t mean it competes _well_ with the Prius! Also, the Prius market itself is currently shrinking, despite my intention to replace my hybrid with another hybrid, preferably a plug-in hybrid.

  • SoCalAl

    Insight looks a million, Prius looks like an ugly child. At 50 mpg I think it’s a winner for what it was designed.

  • carsmofo

    They should’ve made it a lift/hatchback for extra practicality. I would’ve considered one as daily but being sedan-only is the sole factor preventing me from buying it.

    • Shobin Drogan

      A honda jade is what you need.

  • CD

    I drove a prius for 8 years. Put 200,000 miles on it. I just bought a 2019 Insight. I like the Insight so much more. I don’t find the seats uncomfortable at all. It has a much sportier look than the prius. This review seems biased.


    Yet again it’s unpopular

  • Sybill Julian

    the only good looking honda right now

  • topher

    Looks really nice compared to the Prius. However, it could’ve been a hatchback. The idea of the Prius and the Insight at this pricing should be about complete efficiency both in fuel economy and functionality. I just don’t see sedans as practical cars to own. I wish it was designed using the Civic hatchback platform instead. My personal opinion.

  • Liam Paul

    I have never seen one of these on the road on the east coast

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I’ve seen a few this week in the DC Metro area.

  • Pcsailor

    I bought a new one about a week ago. Most of the criticisms here (uncomfortable driver’s seat, engine noise, odd interior design, push-button gearing, low to the ground) I don’t agree with except for one point, the driver’s seat is uncomfortable and Honda f’d up not putting in lumbar support. Some may consider getting in and out a negative as it is low to the ground. I don’t because I like activity moving my body around. They didn’t mention power, and if your coming from a high HP engine car, you’ll notice your new slowness and should change to a causal driving style. It’s good for a hybrid, but it’s not my 6 cyl Jeep. It’s also not AWD, only front. Positives? It looks amazing, a good looking car, fuel economy is very, very good, spacious interior, Honda reliability. I got a 10 year, bumper-to-bumper for an extra $2500. I’m happy with the purchase so far. Touring edition, Modern Steel Ext with Black Mocha interior.

  • Patrick

    This article is worthless! Firstly, second hand info, the points made twist that info, The uncomfortable driver’s seat has been concocted from the lack of lumbar but I’ve driven it and the seats are perfectly fine, engine noise (there’s noise but only when you floor it, the car’s really quiet otherwise), odd interior design choices (errr, such as? Are you going to elaborate on that or just leaving it hanging out there? The interior of the Insight destroys the Prius, especially the infotainment), and the brand’s push-button gear selector are among the weak points (how exactly is this a weak point? Because it’s not the big, unnecessary, traditional break handle or gear shifter taking up a ton of space?). Nearly all these criticisms are phoney or lack any info to back them up.

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