2021 Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius

2021 Honda Insight vs Toyota Prius

More and more drivers are shifting their preferences towards fuel-efficient hybrids for a variety of reasons. Some simply crave the additional savings from less-frequent fill-ups, some want to help do their part to preserve our environment, and others enjoy the seamless power delivery and refined ride characteristics that come from driving a hybrid. No matter which reason is more important to you, the segment is now filled with more choices than ever before.

Since its introduction, the Honda Insight has stood apart from the competition for its sharp styling, innovative tech features, and unmatched efficiency. To help illustrate why the Insight has become a smash hit with drivers across the country, Germain Honda of Ann Arbor has created this competitive comparison. We’ll take a closer look at the Honda Insight to see how it performs against one of the most well-known hybrids on the market — the Toyota Prius.

Honda Insight vs Toyota Prius

2020 Honda Insight
2020 Toyota Prius
2021 Honda Insight LX VS 2020 Toyota Prius L
$23,885* ✓ MSRP* (including destination charges) $25,320
55 / 49 / 52 MPG** (city/hwy/combined) 54 / 50 / 52
151 ✓ Total System Horsepower 121
Standard ✓ Deceleration Selectors Not Available
Standard ✓ 3-Mode Drive System w/Sport Mode Not Available
Fully Automatic ✓ Headlight Control Auto Off
16 inches ✓ Wheel Size 15 inches
37.4 inches ✓ Rear Legroom 33.4 inches
97.6 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 93.1 cubic feet
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Roadside Assistance Coverage 2 Years / Unlimited Mileage

Taking a closer look at the base trim levels of both the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, you’ll find some noticeable differences between these two hybrids. Right from the start, choosing the Insight means you’ll save $1,435 over the Toyota Prius. Although both share identical combined MPG ratings, the Insight has the edge when it comes to city MPG. Even more impressive, the Insight is able to achieve its 55 MPG city fuel economy rating** with a 30 horsepower advantage over the rival Prius. Greater performance and superior city MPG make the Insight a better choice.

Standard on every trim level of the Insight, deceleration selectors allows for enhanced regenerative braking, which helps recharge the battery. You won’t find deceleration selectors on any trim level of the Toyota Prius. Similarly, driving an Insight means you’ll receive a 3-mode drive system which includes a Sport mode for an invigorating driving experience. The Prius does not come with a Sport mode.

Fully automatic headlights and larger 16-inch wheels are two other advantages the Insight holds over the Prius. Rear seat passengers will appreciate the 4 inches of additional legroom found in the rear of the Insight as well. You’ll also receive 4.5 cubic feet of total passenger volume. Lastly, the Honda Insight includes one additional year of roadside assistance coverage for greater peace of mind on the road.

Honda Insight Advantages

Honda Insight Interior
2021 Honda Insight EX VS 2020 Toyota Prius XLE
Standard ✓ Road Departure Mitigation* System Not Available
97.3 cubic fee ✓ Passenger Space 93.1 cubic feet
151 ✓ Total System Horsepower 121
Standard ✓ Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available
Standard ✓ 8-Speaker Audio System Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Engine Start 4.2 inches

Now that we’ve compared base trims of both models, let’s further examine some of the premium features and technology that you’ll only be able to find on the Honda Insight. Great for chilly winter mornings or hot summer afternoons, Insight EX and Touring models come standard with remote engine start. No trim level of the Toyota Prius is available with remote start.

When it comes to cutting-edge tech features, the Prius is simply no match for the Honda Insight. An 8-speaker audio system provides superior listening quality compared to the inferior system found in the Prius. Other smart convenience and safety features found on the Insight EX include the Road Departure Mitigation System and Walk Away Auto Lock®. Both of these great features are not offered on the Prius XLE.

In terms of both performance and comfort, the clear choice remains the Honda Insight. You’ll enjoy a 30-horsepower advantage along with more passenger space to stretch out and get comfortable on the way to your destination.

Honda Insight Awards

2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The 2020 Insight earned a coveted 2020 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS in recognition of its superior crash-safety performance2.

2020 Honda Insight

Winner — Honda Insight

Now that we’ve tallied the results, the obvious winner of this matchup is the Honda Insight. The Toyota Prius simply cannot match the outstanding value, efficiency, technology, and premium features available on the Honda Insight. Our team at Germain Honda of Ann Arbor is standing by to introduce you to the Insight, helping you select the right model that best fits your lifestyle.


*MSRP includes $955.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

22Source: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – https://www.iihs.org/ratings/top-safety-picks