2020 Honda Insight Vs. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

By Justin Cupler | July 29th, 2020

The Honda Insight practically invented the hybrid segment back in the early 2000s. Today, this hybrid sedan must hold its position against more technologically advanced plug-in models like the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime. Which is better for our Rochester area hybrid shoppers, the 2020 Honda Insight or 2020 Toyota Prius Prime? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Honda Insight returned to the scene after a short hiatus in 2019. This time around, it abandoned the distinct hybrid design language, which included a swoopy body and wheel skirts, and brought in a more traditional look. If it looks familiar, it should. The 2020 Honda Insight is based on the 10th generation Honda Civic that’s been massaged to fit the hybrid segment better.

 

 

Like the Civic, the 2020 Honda Insight boasts a refined and upscale look that can fit virtually any buyers’ stylistic needs.

 

The redesigned Prius Prime hit showrooms in 2016, but unlike the Insight, the Prius Prime came with a wild design that included a striking wraparound taillight accent, funky headlights, and more. This is a striking design that requires a particular taste to appreciate.

 

 

As for sizing, the Honda Insight is 3.6 inches longer and 2.3 inches wider than the Prius Prime at 183.6 inches long and 71.6 inches wide. The Prius Prime is 2.3 inches taller than the Insight at 57.9 inches.

 

When looking at standard exterior features, the 2020 Honda Insight includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED headlights with automatic on/off, LED taillights and brake lights, fin-type roof antenna, heated, body-color mirrors, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, and body-color door handles.

 

The 2020 Toyota Prius  Prime’s features include smaller 15-inch wheels but are otherwise similar and include quad-LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with automatic on/off, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and brake lights, an active grille shutter, color-keyed outside door handles, heated power mirrors, and more.

 

Measurement 2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Prime
Length (in.) 183.6 180
Width (in.) 71.6 69.3
Height (in.) 55.6 57.9
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 106.3
Ground Clearance (in.) N/A 5.1
Curb weight (lbs.) 2,987-3,078 3,365-3,375

 

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       Traditional looks
  •       Refined design based on the familiar Civic
  •       Larger standard wheels

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

  •       Striking looks appeal to some buyers
  •       Looks like a hybrid

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Honda Insight continues with its traditional design, as this cabin is something you’d expect to see from any other sedan on the road. Other than its push-button transmission and eco-focused gauges, there is nothing to indicate this is an advanced hybrid vehicle. What’s more, in its Touring trim level, the 2020 Insight hits a premium level that many hybrids miss, appealing to more discerning buyers.

 

 

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime calms down a bit in the cabin, but it is still obviously an advanced hybrid with its center-mounted gauges, gloss-black dash insert, funky gear shifter, bulky steering wheel, and more. Some buyers may appreciate this unique design, but others may find it a little too much.

 

 

The Prius Prime also has a more premium side, like the insight, that includes a massive 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen, SofTex leatherette upholstery, and more.

 

As for roominess, the Prius Prime offers an extra 0.9 inches of legroom, but the Insight separates itself with an extra 1.9 inches of shoulder room and 0.3 inches of hip room. In its rear seats, the Prius Prime offers an extra half-inch of headroom, but the Insight takes the overall victory with an extra 4 inches of legroom and 2 inches of shoulder room.

 

Folks seeking to maximize cargo-hauling ability will appreciate the Prius Prime’s 19.8 cubic feet, which beats the Insight by up to 5.1 cubic feet.

 

Standard interior amenities inside the 2020 Honda Insight include a 160-watt six-speaker audio system, a 5-inch color LCD infotainment screen, a 1.0-amp USB audio interface, Pandora® compatibility, Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming, automatic climate control, illuminated vanity mirrors, power windows with one-touch up/down front windows, power door locks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, map lights, rear-seat heater ducts, floor mats, cargo area lights, steering-wheel-mounted controls, keyless ignition, and a one-piece fold-down rear seatback.

 

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime’s standard interior bits are more robust and include a 4.2-inch color multi-information display, cloth seating, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, a SofTex leatherette-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a digital gauge cluster, push-button ignition, an AM/FM six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS link, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay®, Amazon Alexa, a USB 2.0 media port, Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming, and in-car Wi-Fi® (data plan required).

 

As you can see, the Prius Prime boasts standard smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa. The base Insight may lack these standard features, but Apple CarPlay® is standard on the midrange EX trim. Plus, the Insight EX also adds Android Auto™ along with Apple CarPlay® to cover nearly every smartphone user—the Prius Prime does not offer Android integration. What’s more, the Insight EX starts $5,340 lower than the base Prius Prime L Eco.

 

Measurement 2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Prime
Front headroom (in.) 39.3 39.4
Front legroom (in.) 42.3 43.2
Front shoulder room (in.) 56.9 54.2
Front hip room (in.) 53.7 53.7
Rear headroom (in.) 36.9 37.2
Rear legroom (in.) 37.4 33.4
Rear shoulder room (in.) 55 53
Rear hip room (in.) 47.3 51.6
Cargo room (cu. ft.) 15.1 (LX, EX)/14.7 (Touring) 19.8

 

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       More front shoulder room
  •       Far roomier rear seats
  •       Sharp-looking cabin with upscale feel in higher trims
  •       Available Android Auto™

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

  •       Tons more cargo room
  •       Funky interior design will please some
  •       Optional 11.6-inch touchscreen

Performance

Most hybrid vehicles are not intended to be performance cars, and the 2020 Insight and 2020 Prius Prime are examples of this. The Insight comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce 151.1 horsepower combined. This power heads to the front wheels via an electronic continuously variable transmission for an above-average 7.3-second 0-60 mph time.

 

 

The 2020 Prius Prime pairs a 1.8-liter four-pot with an electric motor for a combined 121 horsepower. This power also flows through an e-CVT and out to the front wheels as standard. This adds up to a much slower 10.2-second 0-60 time in hybrid mode and 12.2 seconds in EV mode.

 

 

Fuel economy is where these models do their best work, and the 2020 Honda insight delivers up to 55 mpg city, 49 highway, and 52 combined*. The front-wheel-drive Prius Prime delivers slightly better maximum ratings at up to 55 mpg city, 53 highway, and 54 combined, but there is that massive tradeoff in performance.

 

The Prius Prime offers an extra wrinkle with its 25 miles of EV range after charging for just over two hours on a 240-volt charger or 5.5 hours on a 120-volt household plug.

 

2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Prime
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cyl w/ AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor 1.8-liter 4-cyl w/ AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor
Horsepower 151.1 hp (combined) 121 hp
Torque N/A N/A
Transmission E-CVT E-CVT
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 7.3 seconds 10.2 seconds (hybrid mode)/12.2 seconds (EV mode)
MPG City 55* 55 (hybrid mode)
MPG Highway 49* 53 (hybrid mode)
MPG Combined 52* 54 (hybrid mode)
EV Range N/A 25 miles
Charging time N/A 2 hrs 10 min at 240V/5 hrs 30 min at 120V
MPG-E N/A 133

 

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       Same fuel-economy ratings across the lineup
  •       Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  •       Sharp handling

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

  •       Higher peak fuel economy
  •       25-mile EV range

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Honda Insight is available in three trim levels—LX, EX, and Touring—and their starting prices range from $22,930 to $28,340.

There are three trims in the 2020 Prius Prime lineup: LE, XLE, and Limited. Their starting prices range from $27,750 to $33,650.

2020 Honda Insight Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $22,930**

  •       1.5-liter four-cylinder engine w/ electric motor
  •       Lithium-ion battery
  •       Eco Assist® system
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       E-CVT
  •       Econ, Sport, and EV drive modes
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       16-inch alloy wheels
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       LED headlights with automatic on/off
  •       LED taillights and brake lights
  •       Fin-type roof antenna
  •       Heated, body-color mirrors
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       160-watt, six-speaker audio system
  •       5-inch color LCD infotainment screen
  •       1.0-amp USB audio interface
  •       Pandora® compatibility
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Automatic climate control
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  •       Power door locks
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Map lights
  •       Rear-seat heater ducts
  •       Floor mats
  •       Cargo area lights
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       One-piece fold-down rear seatback
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Automatic brake hold
  •       Automatic emergency braking
  •       Road-departure mitigation
  •       Adaptive cruise control
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Traffic-sign recognition
  •       Forward-collision warning
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with static guidelines
  •       Brake assist

EX: $24,310**

  •       All LX features, plus
  •       Remote engine start
  •       180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  •       Display Audio infotainment system
  •       8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Android Auto™
  •       SMS text message function
  •       SiriusXM® satellite radio
  •       HD Radio™
  •       Two 2.5-amp USB smartphone/audio ports in the front console
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seatback
  •       Smart Entry With Walk Away Auto Lock®
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  •       Honda LaneWatch®

Touring: $28,340**

  •       All EX features, plus
  •       17-inch alloy wheels
  •       Chrome-accented mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Chrome-accented door handles
  •       Power moonroof
  •       LED fog lights
  •       450-watt, 10-speaker audio system with a subwoofer
  •       Satellite-linked navigation
  •       HondaLink® subscription services
  •       Mobile hotspot (data plan required)
  •       HomeLink® universal home remote
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       Leather-trimmed seats

2020 Toyota Prius Prime Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $27,750

  •       1.8-liter four-cylinder engine w/ electric motor
  •       Lithium-ion battery
  •       E-CVT
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Electric power steering
  •       15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers
  •       Quad-LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with automatic off
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       LED taillights and brake lights
  •       Active grille shutter
  •       Carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer rear hatch
  •       Heated, power mirrors
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       4.2-inch color multi-information display
  •       Remote air conditioning
  •       Cloth seating
  •       Six-way manual driver’s seat
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seatback
  •       SofText-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Digital gauge cluster
  •       Upper door trim with chrome accent
  •       Push-button ignition
  •       120-volt charging cable
  •       Matte-black center console with armrest
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       AM/FM Six-speaker audio system
  •       7-inch touchscreen
  •       Scout GPS link
  •       Siri Eyes Fre
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Amazon Alexa
  •       USB 2.0 media port
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming
  •       In-car Wi-Fi® (data plan required)
  •       Emergency assistance
  •       Stolen vehicle locator
  •       Roadside assistance
  •       Automatic collision notification
  •       Full-speed dynamic cruise control
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Lane-departure warning with steering assist
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights

XLE: $29,650

  •       All LE features, plus
  •       Automatic-on and -off headlights
  •       Smart-charing cable lock
  •       SofTex-trimmed seats
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       SofTex-trimmed door panels
  •       11.6-inch touchscreen
  •       Navigation
  •       Wireless charging pad

Limited: $33,650

  •       All XLE features, plus
  •       Integrated LED fog lights
  •       LED accent lights
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       HomeLink® universal home remote
  •       Cargo area tonneau cover
  •       10-speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer
  •       Color head-up display
  •       Front and rear parking sensors
  •       Blind-sport monitoring
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert

Who Should Buy the 2020 Honda Insight

Buyers seeking a less expensive way to a thrifty highway will find this in the base Insight LX, which starts about $2,000 lower than the Prius Prime. The Insight also offers its EX trim that matches all the Prius Prime’s base features at a starting price that’s $15 cheaper than the base Prius Prime. Finally, the Insight offers the traditional look and drive many buyers seek in a hybrid.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

Buyers who love to stand out in a crowd will find this in the Toyota Prius Prime. Plus, with its superior base fuel economy, long-range commuters will enjoy the day-to-day savings the Prius Prime offers. Finally, buyers with short commutes can enjoy fuel-free daily driving with the Prius Prime’s 25-mile EV range.

 

Is the 2020 Honda Insight the right hybrid model for you? Swing by Garber Honda serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding area to test drive the Insight and see why it’s so great. If you cannot make it in today, you can also navigate to our online inventory page, choose a few in-stock 2020 Insight models that fit your needs, and schedule a test drive.

 

*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 2020 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.

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