2021 Honda Insight vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In 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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Insight and the Fusion Plug-In 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Insight

Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17%

26%

Neck Stress

139 lbs.

203 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

147/283 lbs.

208/329 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

41%

Neck Stress

111 lbs.

132 lbs.

Neck Compression

63 lbs.

66 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 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Insight

Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

155 G’s

353 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

59 G’s

59 G’s

Hip Force

276 lbs.

720 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

617 lbs.

768 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Insight its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid last would have qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

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 Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Insight’s reliability 36 points higher than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Insight is faster than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Insight

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.6 sec

Top Speed

114 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Insight gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Insight

FWD

1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/49 hwy

Touring 1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

51 city/45 hwy

Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

FWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

49 city/43 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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The Insight stops shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Insight

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

183 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The Insight Touring handles at .83 G’s, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Titanium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Insight’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (35.7 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Insight may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1000 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

The Insight is 8.2 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Insight easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Insight has a much larger trunk than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (15.1 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Insight’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Insight’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Insight owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Insight will cost $1145 to $1725 less than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid over a five-year period.

The Insight will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Insight will retain 38.77% to 39.07% of its original price after five years, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid only retains 33.66%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Insight will be $9565 to $14419 less than for the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Insight and the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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