Price: $19,290 (including destination)
EPA Fuel Economy: 41/44 mpg (city/highway)
The Honda Insight may be the cheapest new hybrid you can buy, but that’s in part because the base model lacks features like cruise control and its audio system only has two speakers. Upgrading to the Insight LX costs $21,065, the Insight EX runs $22,755, and the Insight EX with navigation is $24,480. Those higher trim levels are priced in line with the Insight’s competitors, like the Toyota Prius, and have similar levels of equipment.
This version of the Honda Insight was introduced as a 2010 model in 2009. It uses a 1.3-liter inline-four gasoline engine rated for 98 hp, a 13-hp electric motor, and continuously variable transmission. Its aerodynamic hatchback styling clearly apes that of the Toyota Prius. Unfortunately for Honda, the Insight can’t quite match the fuel economy of the Prius. And this three-year-old model doesn’t even match the 2012 Civic hybrid’s 44-mpg city rating. Even so, the Honda Insight remains a very economical hybrid car.