2014 Honda Insight vs. Its Competition

2014 Honda Insight
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The main competitor for the 2014 Honda Insight is the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact five-door hatchback that offers more interior room, full electric running under light loads, better gas mileage, and a price just $1,000 higher.

There's also the larger Prius liftback, $5,000 more expensive but far larger inside and offering more luxury features.

Then there's the new Ford C-Max, which likely delivers real-world gas mileage close to that of the Insight, plus a much nicer interior, better performance, and a higher level of luxury--though it too is about $5,000 pricier.

In Honda's own showroom, the Insight is squeezed between the Fit subcompact hatchback--rated at 29 to 31 mpg combined, larger inside, and $3,000 cheaper--and the Civic Hybrid, pricier but far larger and more luxurious inside, and with a 44-mpg combined rating to boot.

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7.0
The 2014 Honda Insight is one of the better-handling small hybrids, but it faces tough competitors who beat it on gas mileage, interior space, and features.
7.8
Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
8.0
The 2014 Honda Civic brings better refinement back to the lineup, but there's more to come, we're told.
7.2
The 2014 Toyota Prius remains the iconic, highest-mileage gasoline car on the market; it's a practical and spacious hatchback that can seat five while returning jaw-dropping fuel economy
6.8
The 2014 Toyota Prius C is the cheapest member of the Prius family, by roughly $5,000, but its gas mileage is the same 50 mpg as most other Priuses.
7.2
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.
MSRP From     
$18,725N/A$18,390$24,200$19,080$15,425
Gas Mileage     
41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy53 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsN/ACompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
5-Door CVT PZEVN/A4-Door Manual LX5-Door HB Two (GS)5-Door HB One (Natl)5-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5N/A5555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackN/ASedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
CVT w/ODN/AManual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual