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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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By TMike7 on 3/12/2009 2:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hi there,

Nice discussion you have going on here.
Though I'm a little bit puzzled by the numbers in the posts on mileages.
I currently drive a Toyota Corolla 1,4l Diesel (similar in size as a Honda Civic). I have an average mileage from 45 miles per gallon with a minimum of 40 miles per gallon and a maximum of 49 miles per gallon. My colleage with his Citroën C3 has an average mileage of 59 miles per gallon.
A well known TV-show (Top Gear) here in Europe put the Toyota Prius against a BMW320d. The BMW managed to go 50% more miles than the Toyota with the same amount of fuel.
Hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius can help reduce the problem of smog in the cities.
Though for me the future lies in Hydrogen fueled cars.
A nice example is the Honda Clarity.


RE: Mileage
By usbseawolf2000 on 3/13/2009 11:18:26 AM , Rating: 2
Corolla 1.4l Diesel? You must be in Europe. You do realize that one US gallon is 0.83 Imperial gallon right? So your MPG are inflated in reference to the US MPG. Prius get65 MPG in EU test cycle and it is bigger and faster than the Citroen C3.

I have seen the Top Gear video comparison and their main point is the driver, not the car. Yea, definitely the drive because if you drive Prius with the parking brake, you may get 17 MPG. On average, owners get 48 MPG (US).

If driven equally, Prius would more than double the BMW in MPG. If they were driven like what they were designed for, Prius should triple the BMW's MPG.

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