Toyota has just unveiled pricing details for the much-debated Prius, a model which was often referred to as the most advanced hybrid on the market. However, there's an interesting dispute in the United States as Japanese automaker Honda promotes its very own hybrid, the Insight, as the most affordable hybrid in the country. And taking into account the Prius prices unveiled today by the parent company, Insight is indeed cheaper than its long-awaited rival. Sold for only $19,800, Honda Insight LX will be the most affordable hybrid available in the United States, Honda repeatedly said before March 24, the official launch date for this particular market. Standard features for this model include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); Eco Assist; automatic climate control and tilt and telescope steering column. On the other hand, the cheapest Prius costs $21,000, but Toyota hasn't unveiled details regarding the standard equipment. However, we do know each model comes with Toyota's Star Safety System as standard, a package that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) Systems, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Electric power steering and disc brakes for all four wheels are also offered as standard. The most-expensive Insight, featuring a CVT transmission, is the EX with Navigation that costs $23,100, according to official figures provided by Honda. It includes all features of the standard Insight and adds Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), alloy wheels, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Eco Assist. The top-of-the-range Prius is the $27,270 model that comes with all features of the previous versions plus 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, integrated foglamps and many others. Toyota's Prius has an estimated fuel economy of 51 mpg (4.61 l/100km) in city, 48 mpg (4.9 l/100km) on highway and 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km) in combined cycle. The Insight achieves 40 mpg, 43 mpg and 41 mpg in city, highway and combined conditions, respectively.
US Prices: Toyota Prius vs. Honda Insight
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.