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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight: Which Is Better?

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight basic specs

Basic Specs

The original Honda Insight was sold in the United States from 2000 to 2006, and a second-generation model was offered between 2010 and 2014. The 2020 Honda Insight is the third generation of Honda‘s dedicated hybrid, and it’s based heavily on the Civic. The Insight is sold in three trim levels: LX, EX and Touring. Factoring in destination costs, a base LX starts at $23,860, while a loaded Insight Touring clocks in at a little under $30,000. See the 2020 Honda Insight Hybrid models for sale near you

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is all-new and comes with more personality than any Corolla that came before it. It wears more distinct styling and offers better driving dynamics and a better array of available technology and features. For the first time in the United States, a hybrid Corolla is offered as part of the redesign. The new Corolla Hybrid offers fuel economy on par with the Toyota Prius, which leaves many wondering if the hybrid Corolla will eventually replace the Prius. While we expect more trim levels to be offered in the future, the Corolla Hybrid is currently only available in one trim — the basic LE trim — for 2020, which will certainly limit its appeal. Still, the hybrid Corolla is extremely efficient and will surely offer great reliability and resale value going forward. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid costs $24,055 when you account for Toyota‘s $955 destination fee. See the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid models for sale near you

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight mechanicals

Mechanicals

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Engine

  • 1.8-liter 4-cylinder; 121 hp; 53 mpg city/52 mpg hwy/53 mpg combined

2020 Honda Insight Engine

  • 1.5-liter 4-cylinder; 151 hp; 55 mpg city/49 mpg hwy/52 mpg combined

Each vehicle routes power through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. While neither vehicle puts out loads of power, their electric motors make up for things a bit thanks to their instant torque, which is especially noticeable at low speeds. While you won’t think there’s a V6 under the hood, don’t write off either of these hybrids until you’ve driven them.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight interior

Interior

The new Corolla is slightly bigger than the Insight in terms of usable interior space, while the Insight offers a little more cargo volume.

The new Corolla measures 182.5 inches long, 70.1 inches wide and 56.5 inches tall. The Insight checks in at 183.6, 71.6 and 55.6 inches, respectively.

Inside, the Corolla has 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.0 inches of legroom up front, while the Insight comes with 39.3 and 42.3 inches, respectively. In the second row, the Corolla has 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.0 inches of legroom, noticeably more than the Insight’s 36.9 and 37.4 inches.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight safety

Safety

The Insight and Corolla come standard with a healthy array of active safety features. The Corolla offers full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and road-edge detection, lane-tracing assist and road sign assist. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid does not have blind spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert.

The Insight comes standard with automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and traffic sign recognition. Instead of traditional blind spot monitoring, Honda uses the camera-based LaneWatch system, which displays on the vehicle’s infotainment screen what’s on the side of the vehicle whenever the turn signal is in use. Traditional blind spot monitoring is hands down the superior system, and Honda seems to have recognized this, as the automaker appears to be phasing out LaneWatch for regular blind-spot monitoring. The 2020 Insight still uses LaneWatch, though, and it comes on the EX and Touring trims.

The 2020 Honda Insight earned perfect marks in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing category: crashworthiness, collision avoidance, headlights and LATCH child safety seat system ease of use. As a result, the Insight handily won one a coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. The new Corolla earned top marks from the IIHS for crashworthiness and its standard front crash prevention system, but it earned only marginal ratings for its headlights, which offer relatively low visibility. The new Corolla’s LATCH system has yet to be evaluated. Overall, the new Corolla fell short of the top IIHS mark, but it still earned a basic Top Safety Pick award.

Each vehicle offers impressive crash performance and safety tech. The Corolla Hybrid comes with a more advanced suite of active safety features, but the Insight scores better in the headlight department. Neither has a traditional blind spot monitoring system.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight tech

Features & Technology

Given that it only comes in one relatively basic trim level, the 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid is pretty low on available features. The Corolla Hybrid comes with 15-in alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, passive keyless entry for the front doors and trunk, push-button start, a 7-in color screen in the gauge cluster and an 8-in infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. Things such as blind spot monitoring, a sunroof, heated seats and a leather interior are unavailable. One of the main weak points of the 2020 Corolla Hybrid LE is its plastic steering wheel, which is uncomfortable to grip for long periods. We imagine this will be rectified when additional trim levels are introduced. If you want a Toyota hybrid with more features, there’s always the Prius, the hybrid Camry and the hybrid RAV4.

Given that it’s available in three different trims, the Insight is available with a lot more features. Items offered on the Insight that aren’t available on the 2020 Corolla Hybrid include remote start, walk-away auto-lock, Android Auto, heated leather seats, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED fog lights, a navigation system, rain-sensing windshield wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

In its base LX trim, the Honda Insight comes with a basic 7-in infotainment system. EX and Touring models get an 8-in screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE comes with an 8-in screen with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Android Auto isn’t currently available, although we hope to see it via a software update soon.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight reliability

Reliability

Toyota and Honda have strong reputations for reliability, and their cars usually have great resale value. Insight and Corolla Hybrid buyers should get above-average reliability from their vehicles. Each comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is on par with the rest of the industry. Toyota and Honda warranty major hybrid components at 8 years/100,000 miles, while the batteries are warrantied at up to 10 years/150,000 miles.

Autotrader’s Advice

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Honda Insight are close competitors. Despite the fact that Honda opted to give the Insight a unique name, buyers can think of it as a hybrid version of the Civic — just like the Corolla Hybrid is to the regular Corolla. While each vehicle is extremely efficient, if you’re looking for more than fuel efficiency, the Insight is the choice for you, as it offers more available features in 2020. The Insight also offers slightly better range, more available trim levels and a more upscale overall experience thanks to its more mature cabin design. Either vehicle offers great safety and reliability, and once Toyota introduces more trim levels of the Corolla Hybrid in the coming years, the gap between these two vehicles will surely narrow. For now, we prefer the Insight. Find a Toyota Corolla Hybrid for sale or Find a Honda Insight for sale

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