2021 Honda Insight vs. Its Competition

2021 Honda Insight
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Honda Insight directly rivals other compact hybrids such as the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra, which all offer a hybrid powertrain in an inconspicuous shape compared to the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

Honda’s hybrid system is unique compared to those, although similarly efficient.

The new Elantra may be the looker of the bunch when it arrives later in 2020.

The Civic is related to the Insight and a little cheaper, but not as efficient.

The Niro is a hybrid hatchback that’s versatile and practical; we like its utility.

The Mazda3 is an outlier here, but it’s fun to drive.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2021 Honda Insight is a remarkable hybrid commuter with impressive safety features for a low price.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan is hardly small anymore: It has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
6.7
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
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The 2020 Kia Niro is a compelling eco-friendly car for those opposed to Prius-like looks.
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The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
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It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
MSRP From     
$22,930$19,650$20,000$24,590$21,500$19,600
Gas Mileage     
51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
LX CVTSE IVTLX ManualLX FWDFWDL CVT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSport UtilitySedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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