Is the 2019 Honda Insight Better than the Toyota Prius? | First Drive | Edmunds

Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago drives and reviews the new 2019 Honda Insight. The latest version of Honda's compact hybrid shares little with its predecessors and its contemporaries. It looks good, for starters, and it is nowhere near as militant about prioritizing fuel efficiency. How does it work on the road? That's what we'll find out in this video.

Q: What kind of engine and transmission does the 2019 Honda Insight have?
A: The Insight has a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that primarily generates electricity for the motor that drives the front wheels and a 1.1-kWh battery. The engine can supply power directly to the front wheels under heavy accelerator use and at freeway speeds, but does so through a clutch and a fixed gear ratio. There is no traditional automatic or continuously variable automatic transmission. The net output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque

Q: How much does the 2019 Honda Insight cost?
A: The Insight starts at $23,725 and tops out at $28,985, including destination.

Q: What kind of fuel economy does the 2019 Honda Insight offer?
A: The base LX and midgrade EX trim levels are rated at 52 mpg combined (55 city/49 highway). The top-end Touring comes with additional features that move it to a different weight class, so it's rated by the EPA at 48 mpg combined (51 city/45 highway).

Q: What are the 2019 Honda Insight's main competitors?
A: The Insight's pricing and fuel economy mirror that of the 2018 Toyota Prius and the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq. Along with more power, the Insight offers a sharper exterior design and a more functional and nicer-looking interior.

Read our First Drive of the 2019 Honda Insight here:

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