Honda Insight vs. Toyota Prius c

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, Automotive Editor - December 1, 2015

Gas-sipping hybrids are not known for being the most exciting cars on the road, but manufacturers have worked to broaden their appeal with a host of new design and tech features. The Toyota Prius c and Honda Insight do their best to make the drive as enjoyable as the mileage.

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So which one should the discerning hybrid shopper choose?

What the Toyota Prius c Gets Right

A smaller version of the Prius, the Prius c is light, agile and affordable. Excellent fuel economy draws buyers in, and an appealing array of features tempts them to stay. The Prius c comes in four trim levels with names that are easy to remember: One, Two, Three, and Four. Each sports a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired with two electric motors for a combined 99 horsepower.

The base One model comes with features like USB/Bluetooth connectivity and keyless entry. Notable upgrades include split-folding rear seats (Two), Toyota Entune smartphone system (Three), and SofTex leather upholstery and steering-wheel mounted voice-command controls (Four). An available sunroof for the Three and Four trims is an added bonus. With such a pleasing array of amenities, riding in the Prius c is distinctly enjoyable, despite its modest engine.

What the Honda Insight Gets Right

Starting with its very affordable price tag and moving right along to its high fuel economy, the Honda Insight is a solid bet for hybrid shoppers. All three trims -- Base, LX and EX -- house a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine coupled with an integrated electric motor for a combined 90 horsepower.

The base Insight is equipped with power windows and locks, automatic climate control, and a two-speaker audio system. The LX gets cruise control, remote keyless entry and USB connectivity; the top-level EX adds Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an optional navigation package. It may not be dressed to the nines, but the Insight gets the IIHS's highest safety rating of ''good'' and is known for its smooth handling and enjoyable ride.

Our Verdict: Toyota Prius c

The Insight is fun to drive, but the Prius C offers better fuel economy and provides far more premium features for nearly the same price.

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Meghan Ingram is a Pittsburgh native and regular contributor to CarsDirect.com. She holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish and English, is a social media marketing specialist, and has written professionally for a variety of automotive companies over the last several years. In her spare time Meghan enjoys music, running, and hiking trails with her Doberman.

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