2020 Honda Insight Vs. 2020 Toyota Prius

By Justin Cupler | November 22nd, 2019

The Honda Insight and Toyota Prius were two of the first hybrid sedans and launched a revolution in the world of fuel efficiency. The Insight returned in 2019 to battle the redesigned Prius with enhanced fuel economy, class-leading performance, and mainstream looks. Which is the better buy for you, our Rochester area buyer, the 2020 Toyota Prius or the 2020 Honda Insight? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

When the latest-generation Prius arrived in 2016, it came with a wild design that was a little over-the-top for some. Oddly enough, the higher-tech Prius Prime had a more toned-down design. In 2020, the Prius gets a mild refresh that makes its front and rear ends a little less extreme, though they are still unusual looking.

Even in its base trim level, the L Eco, the 2020 Toyota Prius comes with an excellent array of standard exterior features, including Bi-LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, LED clearance lights, heated, power mirrors with folding feature, 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and more.

 

The Honda Insight returned in 2019 following a four-year sabbatical. Instead of returning with the funky Prius-like looks it had before, the new-generation Insight arrived atop a Honda Civic platform and with a Civic- and Accord-inspired design. This mainstream look gives the Insight a huge advantage over the Prius, as there is no way this refined design can offend any buyers.

Like the Prius, the 2020 Honda Insight has plenty of standard exterior features that give it a great look. Its standard features include LED headlights with automatic on/off, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, a shark-fin antenna, and heated, body-color, power mirrors

In terms of size, the 2020 Honda insight is 3.6 inches longer, 1.3 inches wider, and 2.3 inches taller than the Prius. This makes the Prius the easier of the two for zipping through tight traffic. Despite it being so much larger, the Insight is lighter than the Prius in most cases.

 

Measurement 2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Difference
Length 183.6 inches 180 inches +3.6 inches
Width 71.6 inches 69.3 inches +1.3 inches
Height 55.6 inches 57.9 inches +2.3 inches
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 106.3 inches
Ground Clearance 5.1 inches
Curb weight 2,987 to 3,078 pounds 3,010 to 3,220 pounds -233 to +68 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius

  •       Smaller and easier to manage
  •       Wild looks may be up your alley

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       Traditional-looking sedan
  •       Refined design language
  •       Lighter

Interior

Though it fixed the exterior, Toyota only lightly reworked the wild Prius’ interior, leaving a lot of glossy trim ripe for scratches. While this gloss-black trim looks great new, it will not age well and attracts dirt, spills, and all sorts of bad stuff. Fortunately, Toyota did scale down the amount of black trim and moved it away from where you are likely to stick keys or a cup of coffee, which should prevent any immediate issues.

 

Where the 2020 Prius excels is its standard interior features. This long list of goodies includes Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system, a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker AM/FM audio system, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, two rear 2.1-amp USB charging ports, in-car Wi-Fi, and more.

 

The 2020 Honda Insight has a significantly lower base price, but it does not show in terms of appearance. The Insight’s cabin looks refined, well put together, and surprisingly mainstream next to the Prius. Like the exterior, this aligns it with a wider array of buyers’ needs, though some may prefer the more in-your-face looks of the Prius.

 

Where the 2020 Insight’s lower base price does show up is in its standard features list, as it comes with only simple equipment like power windows and door locks, a 160-watt, six-speaker audio system, a 5-inch color LCD screen, one 1-amp USB audio interface, Pandora compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, floor mats and more. But it makes up for this shortcoming in the EX trim by adding standard Android Auto, which you cannot get in the 2020 Prius.

 

The Prius and Insight boast great in-cabin safety with standard advanced safety gear like automatic collision notification, full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.

 

In terms of in-cabin space, the 2020 Insight offers more room where it matters most with an extra 4 inches of rear legroom and 2 inches of rear shoulder room. The Insight does, however, lose out in cargo room by up to 12.7 cubic feet relative to 2020 Prius.  

 

 

 

Measurement 2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Difference
Front headroom 39.3 inches 39.4 inches -0.1 inches
Front legroom 42.3 inches 42.3 inches
Front shoulder room 56.9 inches 55 inches +1.9 inches
Front hip room 53.7 inches 53.4 inches +0.3 inches
Rear headroom 36.9 inches 37.4 inches -0.5 inches
Rear legroom 37.4 inches 33.4 inches +4 inches
Rear shoulder room 55 inches 53 inches +2 inches
Rear hip room 47.3 inches 51.9 inches -4.6 inches
Cargo room 14.7 to 15.1 cubic feet 24.6 to 27.4 cubic feet -12.7 to -9.5 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius

  •       Large cargo area
  •       Massive optional touchscreen
  •       More advanced standard equipment

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       More refined cabin design
  •       Tons more rear legroom

Performance

Hybrid sedans are all about one thing: fuel economy. The 2020 Honda Insight and 2020 Toyota Prius deliver in this area, but the Insight’s 151.5 horsepower and nearly 200 pound-feet of torque give it a respectable 7.7-second 0-to-60 sprint time in independent testing. On top of this quickness, the Insight also delivers up to 55 mph city, 49 highway, and 52 combined*.

 

Toyota tuned the 2020 Prius more for fuel economy with its 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain producing just 121 horsepower and strolling this sedan to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. This powertrain may not beat the Insight in a straight line, but it delivers up to 58 mpg city, 53 city, and 56 combined. The Prius further separates itself from the Insight with its optional electronic all-wheel drive that uses a small rear motor for extra traction in slippery conditions.

 

2020 Honda Insight 2020 Toyota Prius Difference
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cyl 1.8-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 107 hp at 6,000 rpm 96 hp at 5,200 rpm +11 hp
Torque 99 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm 105 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm -6 lb-ft
Electric motor AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor
Electric horsepower 129 hp at 4,000 to 8,000 rpm 71 hp +58 hp
Electric torque 197 lb-ft at 0 to 3,000 rpm 120 lb-ft +77 lb-ft
Combined horsepower 151.5 hp 121 hp +30.5 hp
Transmission e-CVT e-CVT
Driveline FWD FWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 7.7 seconds 9.8 seconds -2.1 seconds
MPG City 51 to 55 mpg* 52 to 58 mpg -7 to +3 mpg
MPG Highway 45 to 49 mpg* 48 to 53 mpg -8 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 48 to 52 mpg* 50 to 56 mpg -8 to +2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Toyota Prius

  •       Better peak fuel economy
  •       Available all-wheel drive

Advantage: 2020 Honda Insight

  •       Accelerates like a traditional sedan
  •       Handles the corners like a champ

Pricing and Features

There are six trim levels in the 2020 Toyota Prius lineup – L Eco, LE, LE e-AWD, XLE, XLE e-AWD, and Limited – and their starting prices range from $24,200 to $32,375.

Just three trim levels make up the 2020 Honda Insight lineup: LX, EX, and Touring. Their starting prices range from $22,930 to $28,340**.

2020 Toyota Prius Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L Eco: $24,200

  •       1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with electric motor
  •       Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
  •       600-volt electrical system
  •       Lithium-ion battery
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Electric power steering
  •       Bi-LED projector headlights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       LED taillights
  •       LED clearance lights
  •       Active grille shutter
  •       Color-keyed outside door handles
  •       Heated, power mirrors with folding feature
  •       15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Shark-fin antenna
  •       4.2-inch multi-information screen
  •       Cloth seats
  •       Six-way manual driver’s seat
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seats
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Digital gauge cluster
  •       Chrome-accented upper door trim
  •       Soft-touch door armrest area
  •       Chrome-accented door handles
  •       Touch-to-lock/unlock driver’s door
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down
  •       Power door locks
  •       Matte-black center console
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system
  •       7-inch touchscreen
  •       Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  •       Scout GPS Link
  •       Siri Eyes Free
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Amazon Alexa
  •       USB 2.0 media power
  •       Two rear 2.1-amp USB charging ports
  •       Advanced voice recognition
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  •       In-car Wi-Fi
  •       Emergency assistance
  •       Roadside assistance
  •       Automatic collision notification
  •       Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Rearview camera

LE: $25,410

  •       All L Eco features, plus
  •       Intermittent rear window wiper
  •       Cargo cover
  •       Front and rear parking sensors
  •       Intelligent Park Assist
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert

LE AWD-e: $26,810

  •       All LE features, plus
  •       Magnet-less rear motor
  •       Electronic all-wheel drive
  •       Integrated fog lights
  •       LED accent lighting

XLE: $28,250

  •       All LE features, plus
  •       17-inch titanium-finish five-spoke alloy wheels
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Leatherette-trimmed front seats
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Leatherette-trimmed, heated steering wheel
  •       Leatherette-trimmed door armrest area
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Semi-gloss-black center console
  •       Wireless charging pad

XLE AWD-e: $29,500

  •       All XLE features, plus
  •       Sealed nickel-metal hydride battery
  •       All-wheel drive
  •       Integrated fog lights and LED signature lights
  •       15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  •       Six-way manual-adjust driver’s seat

Limited: $32,375

  •       All XLE features, plus
  •       Adaptive headlights with auto-leveling
  •       Entune Premium Audio infotainment system
  •       Navigation
  •       11.6-inch touchscreen
  •       JBL AM/FM audio system with 10 speakers
  •       Color head-up display

2020 Honda Insight Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $22,930**

  •       1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  •       Electric motor
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
  •       Econ, Sport, and EV drive modes
  •       Lithium-ion battery
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       Eco Assist system
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       LED headlights with automatic on/off
  •       LED taillights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       Remote keyless entry
  •       Shark-fin antenna
  •       Heated, body-color, power mirrors
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Fold-down rear seat
  •       Automatic climate control
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  •       Power door locks
  •       Cruise control
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       LED ambient console lighting
  •       Rear seat climate-control vents
  •       Floor mats
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       160-watt, six-speaker audio system
  •       5-inch color LCD screen
  •       One 1-amp USB audio interface
  •       Pandora compatibility
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  •       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
  •       Brake Assist
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with fixed guidelines

EX: $24,310**

  •       All LX features, plus
  •       Remote engine start
  •       Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       Rear seat center armrest
  •       180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  •       8-inch display audio infotainment system
  •       8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  •       HondaLink
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       SMS text messaging function
  •       SiriusXM
  •       HD Radio
  •       Two front 2.5-amp USB ports
  •       HondaLane Watch
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

Touring: $28,340**

  •       All EX features, plus
  •       Power moonroof
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Chrome-accented door handles
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  •       Chrome-accented mirrors
  •       Four-way power driver’s seat
  •       Leather-trimmed seats
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Wi-Fi hotspot
  •       HondaLink subscription services
  •       Satellite-link subscription services
  •       450-watt, 10-speaker audio system with a subwoofer

Who Should Buy the 2020 Toyota Prius

The 2020 Toyota Prius may look too wild for some buyers, but its key buyers like to stand out in a crowd and don’t mind fielding a zillion questions about their car. It is also great for buyers who need to max out fuel economy or need all-wheel drive to manage slippery winter roads.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Honda Insight

For buyers who want to drive a green car but prefer not to broadcast it, the 2020 Honda Insight has the toned-down look you need. It also features a lower base price for those on a budget and surprising acceleration for shoppers seeking some thrills.

 

Is the 2020 Honda Insight the right hybrid sedan for you? Swing by the Garber Honda showroom serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas today to test drive it. After a few minutes behind the wheel, you’ll know the new Insight is the right car for your family. If you can’t make it in today for a test drive, you can navigate to our online inventory page, choose a few in-stock 2020 Insight models at our Rochester showroom, and schedule a test drive when it fits your busy life.

 

*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, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.