Honda Insight Vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

The hybrid-car world has changed, and now we have models that perform and look like traditional sedans, like the 2019 Honda Insight and 2019 Hyundai Ioniq. Both these models offer a unique peppiness combined with traditional looks. Which one is better for our Rochester area buyers? Find out below.


Gone are the days of wildly styled hybrid vehicles, and Honda and Hyundai are leading the charge in hybrids that really don’t look like hybrids. Honda has the all-new 2019 Insight, which is based on the same platform as the Honda Civic. While it has a look independent of the Civic, the 2019 Insight looks like a traditional sedan.

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is two years older than the Insight, as it debuted in 2017, but it also has a traditional look. Its back end shows a little bit of a wild side with its larger liftback area, but the rest of the Ioniq looks like any other sedan on the road.

In terms of size, the Insight is 7.6 inches longer than the Ioniq Hybrid and 0.1 inches wider, but the Ionic is 1.3 inches longer.


Measurement 2019 Honda Insight 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Difference
Length 183.6 inches 176 inches +7.6 inches
Width 71.6 inches 71.7 inches +0.1 inches
Height 55.6 inches 56.9 inches -1.3 inches
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 106.3 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 2,987 to 3,078 pounds 2,996 to 3,115 pounds -37 to -9


Advantage: 2019 Honda Insight

  • Accord-like looks
  • Lighter, despite being larger

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Smaller and easier to handle
  • Large rear liftback for easy cargo hauling


Inside, the traditional looks of these hybrid models continues, but its push-button shifter adds a touch of modernness that points toward its high-tech roots. The Insight otherwise has a looks like a typical Honda sedan with its light colors and upscale materials in its higher trims.

The Hyundai Ioniq also has a traditional look, with nothing but its gauges and incredible fuel economy pointing toward its hybrid powerplant. Where the Ioniq steps away from the traditional is with its sportier cabin that includes a flat-bottom steering wheel and bolstered seats. Unlike the Insight, the Ioniq has a traditional gear shifter.

In terms of features, the 2019 Ioniq Hybrids standard goodies trump the Insight with its 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, and more. The Insight eventually catches up with the Ioniq in its higher trims.


With its larger body, the 2019 Honda Insight has more interior room. Its front seats are larger in almost every measurement, and its rear seats offer an extra 1.7 inches of legroom. The Ioniq’s liftback design gives it a huge advantage in cargo room at 26.5 cubic feet of cargo room.


Measurement 2019 Honda Insight 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Difference
Front headroom 39.3 inches 39.1 inches +0.2 inches
Front legroom 42.3 inches 42.2 inches +0.1 inches
Front shoulder room 56.9 inches 56.1 inches +0.8 inches
Front hip room 53.7 inches 53.8 inches -0.1 inches
Rear headroom 36.9 inches 37.4 inches -0.5 inches
Rear legroom 37.4 inches 35.7 inches +1.7 inches
Rear shoulder room 55 inches 55 inches
Rear hip room 47.3 inches 52.9 inches -5.6 inches
Cargo capacity 15.1 cubic feet 26.5 cubic feet -11.4 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Honda Insight

  • Roomier front seats
  • Huge rear legroom advantage
  • Classy interior style
  • Upscale options

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Sporty flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Nearly double the cargo room


Under their hoods, hybrid sedans are rarely performance rigs, but the Honda Insight has a little pep in its step. With an electric motor and gasoline engine that combine for 151.5 horsepower, the 2019 Insight can sprint to 60 mph in a surprisingly quick 7.7 seconds.

The 2019 Ioniq is less powerful at 139 combined horsepower. While this isn’t a ton less power than the Insight, the 125 pound-feet of torque its electric motor puts out is far less than the Insight’s 197 pound-feet, and this is why it is 1.2 seconds slower to 60 mph than the Honda.

The 2019 Ioniq may be slower than the Insight, but its up to 58 mpg combined beats the Insight by up to 10 mpg.


2019 Honda Insight 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Difference
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cyl 1.6-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 107 hp at 6,000 rpm 104 hp at 5,700 rpm +3 hp
Torque 99 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm 109 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -10 lb-ft
Electric motor AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor
Electric horsepower 129 hp at 4,000 to 8,000 43 hp +83 hp
Electric torque 197 lb-ft at 0 to 3,000 rpm 125 lb-ft +72 lb-ft
Combined horsepower 151.5 hp 139 hp +12.5 hp
Transmission e-CVT 6-spd dual-clutch
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 7.7 seconds 8.9 seconds -1.2 seconds
MPG City 51 to 55 mpg 55 to 57 mpg -6 to 0 mpg
MPG Highway 45 to 49 mpg 54 to 59 mpg -14 to -5 mpg
MPG Combined 48 to 52 mpg 55 to 58 mpg -10 to -3 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Honda Insight

  • Significant output advantage from electric motor
  • Much quicker to 60 mph

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Huge fuel-economy advantage
  • Quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Insight comes in three trim levels — LX, EX, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $22,930 to $28,190.


There are also three trims in the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq: Blue, SEL, and Limited. Their starting prices range from $21,400 to $27,550.

2019 Honda Insight Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $22,930

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor
  • Electronic continuously variable transmission
  • Electric parking brake with auto brake hold
  • Electronic power steering
  • Eco assist system
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with automatic-on/off
  • LED taillights
  • Remote entry
  • Security system
  • Heated body-color power mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Automatic climate control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • LED ambient console lighting
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Floor mats
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Cargo-area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Keyless ignition
  • Fold-down rear seat
  • Six-speaker, 160-watt audio system
  • 5-inch LCD screen
  • Front 1.0-amp USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic-emergency braking


EX: $24,160

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


Touring: $28,190

  • All EX features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Chrome mirror accents
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Body-color door handles with chrome accents
  • LED fog lights
  • Moonroof
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt audio system with a subwoofer
  • Navigation with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • In-Car Wi-Fi

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Blue: $21,400

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Drive-mode select
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • 15-inch eco-spoke wheels
  • Active grille shutters
  • Rear spoiler
  • Power mirrors
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Projector headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Door handle approach lighting
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Power windows with driver’s side one-touch-up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Proximity key with push-button ignition
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
  • AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Android auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview camera


SEL: $23,950

  • All Blue features, plus
  • Heated side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter
  • 7-inch LCD gauge cluster
  • Paddle shifters
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Limited: $27,550

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • HID headlights
  • Power sunroof
  • Passenger-side auto-up/down window
  • Leather seating
  • Premium door-sill plates
  • Blue Link connected car service
  • Blue Link Remote Package
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • LED interior lighting
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Insight?

The Honda Insight delivers a sportier drive with its 7.7-second 0-to-60 time and 0.83 g skid pad run, according to Car and Driver. So, for buyers looking for a combination of a sporty drive and great fuel economy will find it at out Rochester area Honda showroom.  

Who Should Buy the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq?

Haul a lot of cargo or want the best fuel economy you can get? The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq offers that and more with its up to 58 mpg combined and 26.5 cubic feet of cargo room.


Come tackle the roads of Rochester in style and thriftiness in the 2019 Honda Insight. Whether you commute to Pittsford daily or to Henrietta to drop the kids off at school, the 2019 Insight can get the job done. Stop by Garber Honda serving the Rochester area today to test drive the 2019 Insight. Can’t make it in today? Navigate to our online inventory page to see what 2019 Insight models we have in stock and schedule a test drive later.

* Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.