With a price of $22,830 MSRP* and $23,475 MSRP, the 2019 Insight LX E-CVT and the 2018 Toyota Prius are both affordable for drivers working within a budget. Most Detroit-area drivers will also want to examine fuel economy, but here as well these two hybrid cars are more or less evenly matched! Although neither the Honda Insight’s MPG nor the Toyota Prius’ MPG point toward a clear winner, a thorough comparison reveals that Honda’s hybrid lineup has more to offer our friends and neighbors.

Performance and Amenities: Toyota Prius vs. Honda Insight

Total System Horsepower Electric Motor Torque MPG (City/Highway)
2019 Honda Insight LX 151 hp 197 lbs.-ft. 55 mpg / 49 mpg**
2018 Toyota Prius One 121 hp 120 lbs.-ft. 54 mpg / 50 mpg

Although both the Prius and the Insight get roughly identical efficiency numbers, only the Honda Insight has been able to achieve these ratings without compromising on horsepower and torque. Once you’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel, you’ll understand why this year’s Insight comes standard with a Sport Mode setting.

The Honda Insight’s performance gives it a clear edge over the Prius One, but you don’t have to take our word for it. According to Cars.com, “Hopping into a Toyota Prius that Honda had on hand for comparison was enlightening — where the Toyota felt harsh and loose on rough pavement or when crossing over train tracks, the Honda Insight felt stable, well-damped and nicely controlled.” We think that’s something to get excited about! We’ve highlighted a number of the Insight’s standard features below:

  • 3-Mode Drive System
  • Honda Sensing Safety Tech
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio
  • Push Button Start
  • USB Audio Interface
  • 8-Inch Display Audio Touch-Screen (EX)
  • Remote Engine Start (EX)
  • HondaLink (EX)
  • Sirius XM and HD Radio (EX)
  • Leather-Trimmed, Heated Front Seats (Touring)
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel (Touring)
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability (Touring)
  • Satellite-Linked Navigation System (Touring)
  • 450-Watt Premium Audio System (Touring)

Test Drive the Insight Today!

In contrast to the Toyota Prius, the Insight doesn’t ask drivers to compromise. Detroit Area drivers can experience the 2019 Honda Insight for themselves when they get in touch with their local Honda dealer. It’s the perfect time to explore our current offers!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $895.00 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 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.