Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Quick Glance: the Prius C vs Honda Insight

Prius C vs Insight

The two big contenders for consumers who are looking to get the most bang for their buck out of a hybrid vehicle this year are the Toyota Prius C and the Honda Insight. The Insight has been available since Fall 2011, while the Prius C is Toyota's newest, smaller version of the Prius family. So how do they stack up? I've compiled a list of specifications from around the internet, so you can see the comparisons yourself. Note: The Prius C is offered in four different grades, ranging from the base "1" model to the fully equipped "4", which offers features like heated seats, alloy wheels, and fog lamps.

Specs:Toyota Prius CHonda Insight
Price:$18,950 ("1")- $23,230 ("4")$18,350(base) $21,815 (EX)
MPG:53 (city) 46 (highway)41 (city) 44 (highway)
Navigation System:Entune (optional)Nav system available on EX model only
Weight:2500 lbs 2,747 lbs
Length:157.3'' 172.3''
Cargo Volume:17.1 cubic feet15.9 cubic feet
Passenger Volume:87.4 cubic feet85 cubic feet
Bluetooth availability:YesEX only
Audio:4 speakers (6 w/ Entune system)2 speakers (6 w/ EX model)
Remote Keyless Entry:Yes (SmartKey system- available on "3" and "4")Not keyless
Steering Wheel Mounted Controls:YesYes
Release date:Available nowAvailable now

As you can see, both models are quite similar, though Toyota takes the edge with an improved fuel economy and a base model with more entertainment and safety features. And if customization's your thing, the Prius C is available in nine different colors: Habanero, Moonglow, Summer Rain Metallic, Blue Streak Metallic, Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, and Super White.

What features of a hybrid vehicle are you most interested in?

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