There are of course exceptions to this advice. If you value a more confident-feeling driving feel, you'll probably gravitate toward the Insight; the big-and-tall crowd will likely also appreciate the Insight's added airiness in front; and if you're overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by gimmicky controls and displays, the Honda's interface feels a lot more straightforward.
The Prius and Insight—both high-mileage vehicles with unique body styles—are the only two true market entries in this very fuel-conscious segment. However, there are several hybrid versions of existing vehicles that also get excellent fuel economy. A top choice for those who either want a little more space or don’t want to have the Prius stigma follow them everywhere they go include the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (41/36 mpg), which actually gets a better figure in city driving than the Insight. Others include the Toyota Camry Hybrid (33/34 mpg), or the Nissan Altima Hybrid (35/33 mpg)—although the Altima Hybrid has limited availability. Those who are willing to include clean-diesel vehicles on their shopping lists will discover that the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Jetta SportWagen TDI get mileage up to 30 mpg city, 41 highway and considerably better in some real-world driving conditions.
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To see how the two stack up otherwise, visit our Compared: 2010 Honda Insight vs 2010 Toyota Prius page.
Then be sure to measure up any other vehicles that you’re cross-shopping—at TheCarConnection.com’s Car Compare page, where you can select by vehicle type, model year, price range, and more, then compare up to three selections on the same page.