2020 Honda Insight vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Insight deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Insight’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Avalon Hybrid’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Insight’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Insight and the Avalon Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Insight is safer than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid:

Insight

Avalon Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17%

35%

Neck Stress

139 lbs.

220 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

147/283 lbs.

499/567 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

197

302

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

111 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

63 lbs.

64 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

159/44 lbs.

447/453 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Insight is safer than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid:

Insight

Avalon Hybrid

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

155 G’s

156 G’s

Hip Force

316 lbs.

318 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

276 lbs.

686 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

617 lbs.

719 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

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The battery on the Insight is under the floor, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Insight’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Avalon Hybrid’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Suspension and Handling

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The Insight’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Insight’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s (35.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Insight’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s (35.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Insight may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

The Insight is 1 foot shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the Insight easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Insight has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Avalon Hybrid uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Insight has 1.9 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the Avalon Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Insight EX/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Insight Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Avalon Hybrid’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the Insight’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Avalon Hybrid’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Insight will be $9067 to $10292 less than for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

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