Honda Insight versus Toyota Prius: The great hybrid shoot-out

CNET Car Tech compares the 2010 Honda Insight and 2010 Toyota Prius at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Honda generated a lot of excitement last year when it announced the 2010 Insight, a new dedicated hybrid. Could it unseat Toyota's Prius from the hybrid throne? But Toyota wasn't about to let this upstart go unchallenged, announcing an update to the current generation Prius, which has been in production since 2004. We got to see both production vehicles at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and set them against each other in a series of photos. Will the Insight bring fresh thinking to the hybrid space? Will Toyota sit on its laurels, or give the Prius the update it so urgently needs?

See photos of the 2010 Honda Insight and the 2010 Toyota Prius at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

More 2009 Detroit Auto Show coverage.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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