Now in its fourth year on the market, the 2013 Honda Insight has never quite lived up to the legacy left by its ground-breaking 1999 predecessor--even if it's now a much more usable vehicle. Sales have been much lower than Honda expected, and the Insight remains a niche player in the market.
The 2013 Insight is still the least expensive hybrid sold in the U.S., but it now faces new competition from the Toyota Prius C, not to mention the Honda Fit subcompact it sits next to on showroom floors. Both Hondas are five-door hatchback subcompacts, but the Insight is less flexible, has less room inside, and is priced more than $3,000 higher than the Fit.
In fact, the Insight faces even more competition from its Honda siblings. While much pricier, the Honda Civic Hybrid offers more luxury and better economy than the 42 mpg Insight can muster, despite the Insight's more distinctively Prius-like profile. That profile does help on the highway, where the Insight's 44 mpg matches the Civic. In city...
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