Look at the Insight, and you may think Toyota Prius.
That iconic hybrid is larger and delivers better gas mileage, not to mention an emphasis on in-car technology--and for 2012, the Prius offers several new models.
But the Insight also faces competition within Honda showrooms.
The Fit subcompact offers crisp, responsive handling, more space inside, gas mileage of 30 mpg or better, and an amazingly versatile interior, thanks to the so-called Magic Seat arrangement.
And it's more than $3,000 cheaper.
The Honda Civic Hybrid, all new for 2012, now delivers 44 mpg and is larger and more luxurious, though pricier.
Buyers planning to do most of their miles at highway speeds should consider the clean-diesel VW Jetta TDI--in sedan or Sportwagen models--which gets similar highway mileage, though lower city ratings.
The only other hybrid hatchback in the market is the new Lexus CT 200h, which returns 40 mpg in mixed driving and adds many luxury features.
Its starting price is $11,000 higher, however.
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