Compare 2012 Honda Insight vs 2012 Toyota Prius C vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf

2012 Honda Insight
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5-Door CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Insight 5-Door CVT 41 44 $17,629 $18,500
Insight 5-Door CVT EX 41 44 $20,916 $21,965
Insight 5-Door CVT EX PZEV 41 44 $20,916 $21,965
Insight 5-Door CVT EX w/Navi 41 44 $22,553 $23,690
Insight 5-Door CVT EX w/Navi PZEV 41 44 $22,553 $23,690
Insight 5-Door CVT LX 41 44 $19,313 $20,275
Insight 5-Door CVT LX PZEV 41 44 $19,313 $20,275
Insight 5-Door CVT PZEV 41 44 $17,629 $18,500
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5-Door HB Four
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius c 5-Door HB Four 53 46 $21,625 $23,230
Prius c 5-Door HB One 53 46 $18,003 $18,950
Prius c 5-Door HB Three 53 46 $20,140 $21,635
Prius c 5-Door HB Two 53 46 $18,706 $19,900
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
Golf 2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv PZEV 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
Golf R 2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
Golf R 2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
Golf R 4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
Golf R 4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,629
$21,625
$24,091
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,500
$23,230
$25,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$387 / month
$418 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Honda Insight has been updated for 2012, but it has less space than other subcompacts and lower mileage than several other hybrids. The 2012 Toyota Prius C takes full advantage of the other Prius models' hybrid system, but it's smaller, leaner and--perhaps most importantly--more affordable. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
41 mpg 53 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
44 mpg 46 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 50.8 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.6 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
48.7 50.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 52.3 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.0 87.4 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.0 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.4 51.7 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.7 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.6 51.0 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 66.7 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 58.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
172.3 157.3 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 56.9 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.0 58.1 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 100.4 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
31.5 - TBD - 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.9 17.1 15.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.83 x 0.98 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
10.6 9.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.29 - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.8 - TBD - 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 31.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric rack & pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P185/60R15 P175/65R15 225/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P185/60R15 P175/65R15 225/40R18
Spare Tire Size
T135/80D15 T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2747 2500 3151
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA - TBD - 120
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 1000 - 1700 82 @ 4000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/82 1.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
98 @ 5800 73 @ 4800 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas/Electric I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
42 50 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
44 46 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
41 53 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.20 3.19 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 - 0.53 NA 3.46
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.46
Trans Type
1 1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 - 1.69 - TBD - 3.98
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Honda Insight Toyota Prius c Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.71 0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion-beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.0 3.6 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
9 10 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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