2012 Honda Insight vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda Insight EX with Navigation

Look at the Insight, and you may think Toyota Prius.

That iconic hybrid is larger and delivers better gas mileage, not to mention an emphasis on in-car technology--and for 2012, the Prius offers several new models.

But the Insight also faces competition within Honda showrooms.

The Fit subcompact offers crisp, responsive handling, more space inside, gas mileage of 30 mpg or better, and an amazingly versatile interior, thanks to the so-called Magic Seat arrangement.

And it's more than $3,000 cheaper.

The Honda Civic Hybrid, all new for 2012, now delivers 44 mpg and is larger and more luxurious, though pricier.

Buyers planning to do most of their miles at highway speeds should consider the clean-diesel VW Jetta TDI--in sedan or Sportwagen models--which gets similar highway mileage, though lower city ratings.

The only other hybrid hatchback in the market is the new Lexus CT 200h, which returns 40 mpg in mixed driving and adds many luxury features.

Its starting price is $11,000 higher, however.

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2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive2012 smart fortwo
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Quick Specs
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 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
The 2012 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
Still stylish and quirky, the 2012 Smart Fortwo can be a fun and useful car for tight urban spaces where its size and maneuverability is an asset; but for even occasional highway driving, nearly any other small car would be a better pick.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I3
EPA Class   
Compact CarsSmall Station WagonMidsize CarsMinicompact
Style Name   
5-Door CVT5-Door HB Manual5-Door HB One (Natl)2-Door Coupe Pure
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Hatchback5 Door HatchbackHatchback2 Door Coupe
Continuously Variable TransmissionManualContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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