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40 mpg city, 43 highway
Our Insight has been averaging about 38 mpg so far, putting it between the Civic Hybrid at 37 mpg overall and our current mileage champ, the outgoing Prius, at 44 mpg
While it's still one of the most economical gasoline cars offered in the U.S., the 2013 Honda Insight faces increasing competition both in its niche--lower-priced subcompact hybrids--and in larger, pricier hybrids that return better combined gas mileage numbers. And in the subcompact category especially, its price premium over conventional gasoline-engined subcompacts that come reasonably close may make the numbers a hard sell.
The 2013 Insight is rated at 42 mpg combined (41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway). That's not only lower than three more expensive compact or mid-size cars--the Toyota Prius (50 mpg combined), Ford C-Max (47 mpg combined), and even Honda's own compact Civic Hybrid (44 mpg combined)--it's lower than the Toyota Prius C subcompact, at 50 mpg combined.
So while the Insight remains a viable competitor, it's facing a tougher array of competitors this year--especially among buyers willing to pay about $5,000 more for a larger car to get better gas mileage.
The 2013 Honda Insight gets worse gas mileage than several major competitors, though it's still among the most fuel-efficient cars sold in the U.S.