In the race to dominate the hybrid market, there really are only two players--Toyota and Honda. While Ford and General Motors ramp up to speed with gas-electric vehicles, it's the Japanese duo that's been selling hybrids in the U.S. for more than ten years and has captured the most buyers.
This year, both Toyota and Honda are sending out new five-door hybrids to battle for more market share while they emit fewer carbon emissions and consume fewer gallons of gas in the process. They're similar in concept--but very different in execution. And one of them figures more highly in TheCarConnection.com's numeric ratings and, no surprise, in the monthly sales derby.
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Which hybrid rates better at TCC, and why? We studied the numeric ratings and conclusions of generated in our hands-on Bottom Line road test and also studied the opinions of other respected Web review sources in our full review of the pair. Each of TheCarConnection.com's editors has driven both of the vehicles in separate locations, under different circumstances, to come to our consensus opinion.
The results follow here -- but if you're eager to see a shortcut, you can also click into our new vehicle comparison tool to generate your own head-to-head competitions. In the battle of the $21,450 2010 Honda Insight versus the $24,635 2010 Toyota Prius, it comes down to comfort and features:
Prius vs. Insight Style
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Which of these two vehicles gets a higher rating from our experts? The 2010 Honda Insight has nice detailing and a smooth silhouette, but not everyone loves the two-tiered instrument panel. It rates a 7 from our editors.
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The 2010 Toyota Prius, though slightly edgier and more attractive, still looks like a Prius--and that earns it a 6 overall from TCC's test drivers.
The winner here? The Insight, for its faster hatchback shape and more appealing interior.