Take one look at the Honda Insight and you'll see why it's perhaps the top rival to the 2011 Toyota Prius; it has nearly the same, swept-back aero-body roofline; however the Insight has Honda's IMA mild-hybrid system and disappointing mileage compared to the Prius.
The Prius is roomier than the Insight as well.
More noteworthy is the Fusion Hybrid, a roomy mid-size sedan that gets 41 mpg in city driving, with a very smooth hybrid system and a better ride-and-handling balance than the Prius.
Left-brain thinkers will opt for the VW Jetta TDI diesel, which costs more than gas-engined Jettas but delivers fuel economy in the 40-mpg range and a reputation for durability—as well as great handling and a suave interior.
Two other rival models are technically from the same automaker as the Prius, though they probably wouldn't like you to think about it that way: The HS 250h is a small luxury sedan based on the new Prius but incorporating a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a variation of the Prius' hybrid system.
Overall, the HS feels somewhat cramped inside and isn't much more responsive than the Prius, while getting lower mileage.
The new Lexus CT 200h hatchback is a better choice for most who want a sportier, more distinctive hybrid; it has a roomy interior as well as improved handling and plenty of nice details.
|2011 Toyota PriusBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid||2011 Honda InsightBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus HS 250hBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lexus CT 200hBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen Jetta SedanBrowse Used Listings|
|51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||40 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||N/A||Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4|
|5dr HB I (Natl)||N/A||5dr CVT||4dr Sedan Hybrid||FWD 4dr Hybrid||4dr Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Liftback||N/A||5 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan|
|CVT||N/A||Continuously variable ratio||ECVT||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|