The Honda Insight may not be the most fuel-efficient hybrid in the U.S., but for 2014 it remains the cheapest with its $19,515 starting price, including destination. Despite receiving no changes this year, the Insight does receive a $125 price hike for 2014 across all trim levels, which include Base, LX, EX, and EX with Navigation.
This low starting price undercuts the next-cheapest hybrid, the Toyota Prius C, by $375, although the Prius C’s EPA fuel economy estimates of 53/46 mpg city/highway are much higher than the Honda Insight’s 41/44 mpg city/highway. That’s because the Honda Insight uses Honda’s slightly outdated Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system, which has a small electric motor integrated into the transmission, rather than the Toyota’s full parallel hybrid system. Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system, featured in the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, is more advanced than IMA and should make its way into future Honda hybrids.
The base 2014 Honda Insight comes standard with automatic climate control, power windows, and keyless entry. The $21,290 Honda Insight LX adds a USB audio port, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a center armrest. For $22,980, the Insight EX includes automatic headlights, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a premium audio system, and the Insight EX with Navigation adds a GPS navigation system and a backup camera for $1725 more.
The 2014 Honda Insight goes on sale this week nationwide.