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2010 Honda Insight gets priced

Honda's Insight has been making the rounds here at DailyTech for quite some time. The vehicle first made an appearance as a concept car at the 2008 Paris Auto Show and was revealed in production form at the Detroit Auto Show.

Ever since the vehicle was first announced, Honda batted around the idea of releasing the vehicle in the U.S. with a price tag below $19,000. Today, however, Honda announced the official starting price of the Insight and it will actually be priced just below $20,000.

The 2010 Honda Insight LX will have a base price of $19,800 -- this compares to a $22,000 base price for the standard 2009 Toyota Prius. The next trim level is the Insight EX which will be priced at $21,300. Those that wish to have integrated GPS will have to part with $23,100.

The Honda Insight uses a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The vehicle is EPA rated at 40 MPG in the city and 43 MPG on the highway.

The 2010 Honda Insight will face stiff competition from Toyota's third generation Prius. The 2010 Prius will launch later this year and will have an EPA combined rating of 50 MPG.

It is not known if Toyota will lower the price of entry of the new Prius to combat the Insight in the U.S. It's possible that Toyota may take a page from its Japanese strategy and offer the current Prius at a lower price and maintain the 2010 model as a "premium" offering.

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Best Interior
By KingstonU on 3/10/2009 2:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
I just went to an Auto Show and sat in it and it was by far my favorite interior of all cars at the show in terms of layout, and aesthetic appeal. Just my personal opinion, I'm sure many will disagree.

RE: Best Interior
By KingstonU on 3/10/2009 2:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
I forgot to mention the same goes for the steering wheel and it's button layout.

RE: Best Interior
By ElFenix on 3/10/2009 2:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
looks horrible to me. too busy, strange angles, lots of seams. like a bad sci-fi movie.

RE: Best Interior
By monomer on 3/10/2009 4:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree, as I test drove a Civic which has a similar dash layout, and really couldn't stand it.

To be fair, I have a friend who owns one who now loves the interior, and finds it uncomfortable going back to a more traditional dash. I guess it's just a matter of getting used to it.

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