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2010 Toyota Prius vs. Honda Insight Comparison Drive: Battle of the Fuel Rematch

Yountville, CALIF. The Prius used to have it Since the second-generation 2004 hit mainstream success, the Prius has the gold standard for hybrid efficiency. But much has happened in the year. The competition has grown in particular from Toyota’s rival, Honda.

A few months Honda unveiled the new Insight a car that clearly has the Prius in its

To see how the Insight measured up, we compared it the 2009 Prius. knowing all that the new Prius was just the corner. The Honda was victorious, better fuel economy in a package. But that was, oh, months ago.

Now we’ve got the Prius and have brought two players together again for two. We didn’t have the to perform acceleration and braking this time, but we did run them on a 300-mile, mixed-driving loop. this Prius vs. Insight The Larry Webster

The Specs

We’ve covered the details of the Prius and the Honda so let’s see how these cars

The Honda’s powertrain is the more of the two. A 13-hp electric is sandwiched between the 1.3-liter engine and continuously variable As a result, Honda’s engine turn when the car is moving. we said, turn. Under a set of conditions, for example, when at light speeds, the Insight can down the engine, but it still

The VTEC system closes the to minimize the pumping losses with turning the engine, but the engine is still a drag on the A 0.6-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride battery the energy recovered during

The Toyota, by comparison, employs a of electric motors and a planetary CVT to them with the 1.8-liter gas This unique gearbox several energy paths. hard acceleration, the 80-hp electric motor assists the gas

Under light loads and acceleration, however, the Prius off the gas engine and moves under power. There’s even a EV switch that provides a mile of electric-only range, is limited by the capacity of the 1.3-kwh battery.

As much as these differ mechanically, on the outside almost look like Toyota moved the apex of the that describes the roof on the new four inches rearward. has transformed the car’s profile a cone-head (sorry, Toyota) to a sedan. Both cars from extensive aerodynamic Honda hasn’t released the drag coefficient figure, but probably close to the Prius’s

The Prius is, however, a bigger Its 106.3-inch wheelbase is nearly 6 longer than the Insight’s. The length is noticeable in the rear

The Prius has ample room for while the Insight can feel a bit

Clearly Honda and Toyota different paths developing hybrids. The Insight is meant to be a for the masses, with a simple, powertrain that gives up fuel economy in return for a price. The Insight starts at $20,470, thousands less Toyota is expected to charge for the (The 2009 Prius at $22,720 and the new one is about $500

The Honda gets 40 mpg on the EPA city and 43 mpg on the highway. But the Prius, which is 300 pounds heavier, is in another returning 51 mpg on the city cycle and 48 mpg on the

The range of optional equipment for the reads like a Lexus ad. can opt for features like a self-parallel-parking lane-departure warning, radar control, and even a solar-powered that cools the interior parked. Fully loaded, a will likely top 30 grand.


Our route began in California’s valley and meandered South Oakland. From there we hit the of San Francisco before heading along the coast. Finally, we east to finish where we

We traveled 296 miles at an average of 37 mph, splitting the mileage thirds. One-third was spent in the another third on two-lane roads and the final portion was cruising.

We appreciated the Honda’s frisky There’s no mistaking the Insight for a sedan, but there’s a level of engagement similar to what come to admire in the Honda While there are parts of the that feel inexpensive, an enjoyable place to spend We also liked the speedo’s coaching it changes color blue to green to measure driving behavior.

There’s a log to your performance.

It was Honda’s persona that gave it the win in our test. But after a few rotations the new Prius’s oval steering we knew the Insight wouldn’t it so easy this time. The interior is nicely styled.

the digital gauges still in the center out of the natural line of the dash is handsome. And we dig the new center that gracefully arcs to the dash.

The seats are far more in the new Prius too. The steering-wheel on the tilting and telescoping wheel a cool feature called Tracer Display. Just your hand close to flush-mounted buttons brings a picture of the button’s layout to the main screen.

So you can decide which button to without having to look at the wheel. There are also more storage cubbies before.

The practically of the Prius is But the drive is most impressive. We can no call the Prius an appliance on

Toyota revised the suspension, the steering gear, and has baked in fun-to-drive zest. The Prius a confident attitude in the corners and there. The steering no longer constant correction while

While we didn’t measure the of these cars, we know our last test that the was slightly quicker than the Toyota claims that new one is faster. And on the curvy back the Toyota wasn’t working as hard as the Honda to keep a pace.

One driver commented that You can hear the Honda’s engine and that’s one of the biggest differences these two cars. The Prius is more refined; it’s silent. In fact, we dubbed it the Lexus.

The Bottom Line

a winner didn’t come to which car returned the best economy. But the car we all wanted to take at the end of the day was also the thriftiest with The Insight delivered 40.9 a solid number considering how we drove these cars.

But the returned an amazing 45.8. the Toyota costs more, but also worth the money.


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