The Honda Insight gets its power from an electric motor and a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine to create 151 horsepower. With a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors combined, the Prius only manages 121 horsepower. Both vehicles have an electronic continuously variable transmission.
While drivers don’t look for speed in their hybrid cars, the Insight gives decent acceleration when needed. The Prius, on the other hand, sometimes struggles to maintain its acceleration when merging onto highway traffic. Both cars do have strong suspension systems that can handle most road bumps without any issues.
Fuel efficiency is a major selling point when buying a hybrid car. Both cars are comparable and rank near the top of their class in their efficiency. The Insight gets an EPA-estimated 55 MPG for city and 49 MPG1 for highway, while the Prius gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG for city and 50 MPG for highway.
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Both cars have standard cloth-upholstered seats and can seat up to five people. You have the optional leatherette seats for the Prius. You can upgrade to leather seats for the Insight and they come standard in the top Touring trim.
Both the Prius and Insight offer comfortable front seats. The difference is in the back seats. While the seats are fine, tall people may feel cramped sitting in the back of the Prius. The Insight gives you more legroom with 37.4 inches versus the 33.4 inches for the Prius. Therefore, adults riding in the back may feel more comfortable in the Honda for long car rides.
Both cars offer an impressive selection of technology features, such as automatic climate control, Bluetooth®, navigation systems, and innovative infotainment systems. The Prius doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which may disappoint drivers who wanted to connect with their mobile devices. The Insight does have the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ option in most of its trims.
Honda and Toyota take car and driver safety seriously, therefore their cars come with plenty of standard safety features. The Honda Sensing® and Toyota Safety Sense™ packages offer standard features such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Emergency Brakes, and Adaptive Cruise Control. These features help alert you to potential crashes and avoid major accidents.
In our Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius comparison, we found both cars to be great choices for a hybrid car purchase. The Insight does have a slight edge with its performance and more space in its interior. Residents from the Miami, Doral, and Hialeah area should visit Braman Honda in Miami today for a test drive to explore what the Honda Insight has to offer.
155 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 2019 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.