2021 Honda Insight vs. 2020 Kia Optima 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 Optima Hybrid’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Insight and the Optima 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, 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.

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 Optima Hybrid was last a “Top Pick Plus” in 2019 but no longer qualifies.

Warranty

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The Insight’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima Hybrid runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 39 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Insight’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 18 points higher than the Optima Hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Insight gets better fuel mileage than the Optima Hybrid:

MPG

Insight

FWD

1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/49 hwy

Touring 1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

51 city/45 hwy

Optima Hybrid

FWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/45 hwy

Transmission

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The Insight has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Optima Hybrid doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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The Insight Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

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 Optima Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Honda Insight may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Kia Optima Hybrid.

The Insight is 7.5 inches shorter than the Optima 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 Optima Hybrid (15.1 vs. 13.4 cubic feet).

The Insight’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Optima Hybrid Premium doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 Optima 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 Optima Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 $1545 to $2125 less than the Optima 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 Optima Hybrid only retains 34.85%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Insight will be $4054 to $8908 less than for the Kia Optima Hybrid.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Insight and the Kia Optima Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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