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Prius vs. Insight: The Battle Continues

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Good news from Japan: 75,000 eager hybrid fans have placed orders for the 2010 Toyota Prius. That's not just a big deal for Toyota; it's also a big deal for folks like us who enjoy watching a good showdown--in this case, the one that's been brewing between the 2010 Prius and the 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid.

Competition between these models would be spirited in any year, but given the tanking global economy and shrinking sales figures, the stakes are much higher now. Already we've seen some interesting price-posturing, and the media's been paying a great deal of attention to what Americans assume is the Japanese equivalent of the Hatfields and the McCoys. We also know that the Insight's been outselling the 2009 Prius by just a bit in the U.K. It's going to be an interesting few months.

For the record, we're not the betting sort, or we'd have an office pool like you wouldn't believe. (Off the record, we're totally the betting sort. Want in?)

[source: egmCarTech]

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Comments (4)
  1. "Camry hybrid anyone?"

    While people are fighting over these two compacts and Fusion is just an overpriced no show, Camry hybrid offers a solid choice at a nice discount.
     
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  2. "Poor Camry..."

    ...it's like the Jan Brady of the hybrid world. One day, Jan. One day....
     
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  3. "Camry is a joke"

    Camry is left out of the discussion because its performance is a joke. It gets what, half mpg's of the prius? The funny part is that poor performance coupled with being the same powertrain shows just how insignificant hybrid tech is - the prius gets its numbers from low drag, relatively low weight, and borderline dangerously low traction tires. Toyo could build a prius without the hybrid components of the powerplant and would still get 80-90% of the mpg.
     
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  4. "The Camry is not obsolete"

    If you like Nav., leather, and all the trimmings, the 2009 Camry Hybrid is only a few hundred over the 2009 Camry XLE with very similar options. For that difference you get 35 miles per gallon vs. low 20s.
    I have driven a Fusion Hybrid. The ride, feel, acceleration and overall quality is not equal to the Camry. My head touches the ceiling in the back seat of the Fusion, not the Camry. I would rather have a comfortable car that gets 35 to 40 MPG than a less comfortable one that gets 2 to 8 more miles per gallon.
    Yes, Toyota should work on increasing the speed at which the electric engine runs exclusively to that of the Fusion, but to say the Camry is obsolete is ridiculous.
     
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