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2019 Honda Insight vs. 2019 Toyota Prius

In recent years, hybrid vehicles have become more and more popular in society. A common question raised by those who are interested in owning a hybrid vehicle is whether to get the Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. The Prius and the Insight Hybrid, two vehicles so similar that they have all of us scratching our heads wondering just which one is better.

Well, worry not, we are here to provide you with a detailed side by side comparison, so you have all the information you need to make an educated decision regarding which vehicle best suits your lifestyle. While the Toyota has been maturing the Prius year after year, Honda has put together different conceptions of the Insight to see if anything will stick and until now, nothing has.


Starting off, let’s take a look at differences in pricing between the two vehicles. The base Insight is roughly $500 less than the base Prius, making it that much more affordable. While $500 shouldn’t be and isn’t a deal breaker when it comes to the purchase of a car, the extra money can definitely be used for car detailing services or any other car enhancements.

Next up, we’ll compare their performance. Both the Insight LX and the Prius One have the same great fuel economy rated at 52 mpg combined making it a little harder to differentiate them in this aspect. However, when it comes to performance on the road, not only are the Insight’s steering and brakes better, but it also beats the Prius to 60mph by around 1.5 seconds.

Just one glance at the Prius and the Insight and we can easily see the differences in their exterior appearance. There’s a larger amount of space on the load floor of the Prius compared to the Insight and the hatchback also allows for items to be stacked taller if you remove or unhook the cargo cover. While the Prius’ hatchback does offer more storage space and makes loading the vehicle easier, some people do prefer the enclosed space that a trunk provides. Furthermore, the Insight’s trunk space is comparable to any sedans. When looking at actual measurements, the Insight is 3.6 inches longer and 2.3 inches wider while the Prius is 2.3 inches taller however both vehicles are still spacious and there’s a comfortable amount of headroom.

The Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight, you really can’t go wrong with either car, they’re both excellent choices if you’re looking to invest in a Hybrid. That being said, the Honda really hit the nail on the head this year with all it’s improvements and we do believe that the Insight has a slight edge over the Prius.

“Born from the beloved Honda Civic, the Honda Insight merges a handsome sedan body with exceptional hybrid efficiency.”

  • Kelley Blue Book

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2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Touring 2019 Toyota Prius Hybrid Limited
Drivetrain Layout Front-engine, FWD Front-engine, FWD
Engine Type I-4, alum block/head + permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor Atkinson cycle I-4, alum block/head + permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Displacement 91.4 cu in/1,498 cc 109.7 cu in/1,797 cc
Compression Ratio 13.5:1 13.0:1
Power (Sae Net) 107 hp @ 6,000 rpm (gas), plus 129 hp (elec); 152 hp combined 96 hp @ 5,200 rpm (gas), plus 71 hp (elec); 121 hp combined