2020 Honda Insight doesn’t budge versus Ioniq, Corolla Hybrid


As choices among hybrid small sedans have expanded, Honda is standing pat with the 2020 Insight.

The Insight was introduced in 2019 as a separate model based on the Civic sedan, but with unique sheetmetal, a nicer interior, and the Accord Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid drive system. It gets no significant updates for its second model year, beyond modest price increases for the top two trim levels.

For 2020, the Insight EX sells for $25,240, counting a $930 destination charge—$130 more than before. The Insight Touring ads $80, for a final price of $29,270. The base price for an Insight LX remains the same at $23,860.

Most versions of the car are rated at 55 mpg city, 49 highway, and 52 combined, with loaded Touring models falling 4 mpg short of those figures across the board.

2019 Toyota Prius

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Dallas, Texas

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Dallas, Texas

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

For 2020, the car gets no changes other than a price increase of $130 on the mid-trim EX, and $80 on Touring models.

It still comes standard with the company’s Honda Sensing suite of active driver safety aids, including automatic emergency braking and active lane assistance. The EX adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as Honda’s Lane Watch right-side mirror camera, which activates with the right-hand turn signal.

Although the Insight remains the same for 2020, it is facing increasing competition from the updated Toyota Prius that now includes the Prius AWD-e all-wheel drive model, and an updated Prius Prime that now seats five.

The Insight’s closest rival might be the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which starts at just $23,880 in LE form. Hyundai has also announced updates for its Ioniq hybrids and EVs for Europe, although they have not yet confirmed plans to bring the updated models to the U.S.