When most people think of hybrid vehicles, their first and maybe only thought is of the Toyota Prius. But there are many more hybrid vehicles available, including one that directly competes with the Prius: the 2013 Honda Insight.
The Insight has been on sale since 2009, but has been in the shadow of the Prius. Part of this comes from the Insight's design which mimics the overall shape of the Prius, but with Honda badges. From a distance, it's difficult to tell the difference between the two. Get up close and the Insight is a bit more funky looking than the Prius. Inside, the funky trend continues. Honda's designers were using an alien spaceship as their inspiration. You have a two-tier instrument panel and a distinctive climate control system. You have seating for five people and a good amount of cargo space with the rear seats up or down.
The Insight uses Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system which is comprised of a 1.3L i-VTEC four-cylinder, 10-kilowatt electric motor, and a Nickel–metal hydride battery. Total output stands at 98 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 41 City/44 Highway/42 Combined.
The 2013 Honda Insight starts at $18,600 for the base model and climbs up to $23,790 for the EX with Navigation model.