Honda Arrives Late For Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq Party
At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Honda revealed that it is developing another model to take on the Toyota Prius. This sequel to the Insight will be arriving in the 2018MY.
The previous generation of the Honda Insight was much smaller as well as less expensive compared to the modern Toyota Prius. Seeing that Honda’s soon-to-arrive Prius-rival will be employing the similar hybrid setup in the 2017 Accord Hybrid, it sure seems that the model will be faster and more efficient.
However, will it be able to surpass the -mpg ratings of the Prius and Hyundai Ioniq? The best of the lot for the 2017 Toyota Prius is EPA-rated at 58/53 mpg city/highway while the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq sits at 57/59 mpg in Blue trim.
Honda’s hybrid model will be joining in on the increasing electrified lineup which would include the Honda Clarity versions such as the plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell.
Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor CO., said that, “Gas prices have reduced demand for hybrid vehicles in the U.S.,” but when you factor in long term values, “electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility.”