Compare 2011 Honda Insight vs 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

2011 Honda Insight
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5-Door CVT PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door CVT 40 43 $17,183 $18,200
5-Door CVT PZEV 40 43 $17,183 $18,200
5-Door CVT LX 40 43 $18,781 $19,900
5-Door CVT PZEV LX 40 43 $18,781 $19,900
5-Door CVT EX 40 43 $20,276 $21,490
5-Door CVT PZEV EX 40 43 $20,276 $21,490
5-Door CVT w/Navi EX 40 43 $21,945 $23,265
5-Door CVT w/Navi PZEV EX 40 43 $21,945 $23,265
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4-Door Manual PZEV S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual PZEV S 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV S 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $23,995 $24,995
4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,051 $26,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,183
$19,195
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,200
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$303 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Honda Insight lives in the shadow of the iconic Toyota Prius, but it's more enjoyable to drive.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
40 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
48.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85 91.7
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.4 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
172.3 179.4
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 59.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.3 59.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
31.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 32.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 66.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.1 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
10.6 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.29 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.8 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.8
Steering Type
Electric pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65SR15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65SR15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 300
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2717 3186
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.3 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
332 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA 140
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- TBD - 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/82 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
98 @ 5800 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
41 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
40 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.20 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 - 0.53 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.27
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 - 1.69 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Sedan 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Honda Insight Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion-beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.6 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- --
Side Barrier Rating
-- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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