2021 Honda Insight vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight vs 2020 Hyundai Ioniq

It’s never been cooler to own a hybrid car. With excellent models sprouting up in nearly every auto brand’s lineup, there are two relative newcomers who are pushing their way past the crowd: Insight and Ioniq.

Both the new Honda Insight and Hyundai Ioniq perform like traditional sedans yet offer far better fuel economy. However, there are a few key differences that make one hybrid vehicle a better buy. Which one’s right for you? Compare the 2021 Insight to the 2020 Ioniq below to find out.


Although the Hyundai Ioniq has a larger gas engine – its 1.6L inline-4 is a smidge bigger than Insight’s 1.5L – its hybrid system is considerably less powerful than Honda Insight’s. The combined horsepower of Ioniq’s hybrid system equals just 139, 10% less than the 151.5 hp produced by the 2021 Insight.

The Insight beats Ioniq when it comes to electric-produced torque, too; Honda Insight makes a remarkable 197 lb-ft of torque with its battery, while the Ioniq squeaks out just 125 lb-ft.

Passenger Volume & Comfort

The 2021 Insight and 2020 Ioniq are similarly sized; Honda Insight provides 97.6 cubic feet of usable cabin space for passengers, while the Ioniq offers a bit less (96.2 cu. ft.).

Backseat passengers are also treated to slightly more comfort in the new Insight. Rear legroom in Honda’s hybrid comes in at 37.4 inches versus 35.7 inches offered in the 2020 Ioniq.

Standard Safety

Every Honda Insight comes standard with the full Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems. This includes:

  • Collision Mitigation braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow

The base Hyundai Ioniq Blue does not include anything comparable to Insight’s Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. In fact, Traffic Sign Recognition is exclusive to the Insight, and Hyundai’s Lane Following Assist and Smart Cruise Control aren’t available in any model other than the pricier $28,400 Ioniq SEL.


Audiophiles will fare better with a new Honda Insight. For a starting price of $24,810* (Insight EX), you get a premium 180W 8-speaker sound system. With the upgraded Insight Touring, priced at $28,840*, you’ll have the pleasure of listening to Ariana Grande on an exquisitely crafted 450-watt 10-speaker audio system.

To get away from the base audio setup inside the Ioniq, you’d need to spend $31,200 for the range-topping Limited trim. Even so, Ioniq’s available 8-speaker audio system is the inferior tech.

Additionally, the 2021 Insight Touring comes standard with Wi-Fi Hotspot Compatibility – a feature not available on any Hyundai Ioniq trim.


Dollar for dollar, Honda builds the better hybrid car. The 2021 Insight is typically considered to be priced below the class average; Insight has a starting price tag of $22,930* (LX trim), with the range-topping Touring model coming in at $28,840*.

Ioniq is considerably more expensive than Honda’s hybrid; the entry ’20 Hyundai Ioniq Blue and top-trim Ioniq Limited models are priced at $23,200 and $31,200, respectively.

Build Your Insight: South Florida Honda Dealers

For any frugal spenders and eco-defenders in need of a fuel-efficient car in Miami, the new 2021 Insight is your best bet. Visit any of our Honda showrooms in South Florida to test drive or learn more about the Honda Insight. Our South Florida car dealerships even have new Honda finance and lease offers available to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.