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2013 Honda Insight vs. Its Competition

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The 2013 Honda Insight has a new competitor, in the form of the new subcompact Toyota Prius C.

With better gas mileage, more room inside, low-speed electric running, and a price within $1,000, the Prius C poses a direct threat to the Insight's subcompact-hybrid niche.

The larger Prius Liftback, too, has better mileage despite being a mid-size car inside--though it's $5,000 more expensive.

But the Insight faces competition even inside Honda showrooms.

The Honda Civic Hybrid, all new last year, delivers better gas mileage--44 mpg--and is larger and more luxurious, though at a higher price.

On the other end, the Fit subcompact is more than $3,000 cheaper and offers gas mileage of 30 mpg or better, more space inside, an amazingly versatile interior, and crisp, responsive handling.

New for 2013 is the Ford C-Max Hybrid, about $5,000 more expensive but with higher gas mileage and a much nicer driving experience than the Prius and Insight.

Finally, if you do most of your miles at highway speeds, the clean-diesel VW Jetta TDI--in sedan or Sportwagen models--gets similar highway mileage, though lower city ratings.

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The 2013 Honda Insight falls behind other hybrids in gas mileage, and has less space than other subcompacts.
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The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the first head-to-head challenger for the Toyota Prius since that car grabbed the green mantle a decade ago--and in many ways, the Ford's a better daily driver.
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The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
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If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
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The 2013 Toyota Prius is a spacious, practical mid-size hatchback that will hold five people and their gear, while remaining the highest-mileage car sold without a plug.
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The 2013 Toyota Prius C has all the gas-mileage virtues of larger Prius models, but it's smaller, more fun to drive, and--crucially--almost $5,000 cheaper.
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$18,600Browse Used ListingsN/ASee Your Price$18,165Browse Used Listings$15,425Browse Used Listings$23,215Browse Used Listings$19,080Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage     
41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy53 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsN/ACompact CarsSmall Station WagonMidsize CarsCompact
Style Name     
5-Door CVT PZEVN/A4-Door Manual LX5-Door HB Manual5-Door HB Two (Natl)5-Door HB One (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Continuously Variable TransmissionN/AManualManualContinuously Variable RatioContinuously Variable Ratio
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