After considering consumer demand for reduced emission and enhanced fuel prices, both
Toyota and Honda have now come up with hybrid vehicles. Toyota has introduced the Toyota Prius Hybrid, while Honda introduced Honda Insight Hybrid. This paper will exclusively compare and contrast these two vehicles.
Both Toyota Prius and Honda Insight Hybrid cars benefit from broad flowing development. As much as these two cars may differ mechanically, the outside of both cars is the same. This was achieved when Toyota Prius removed the apex of the curve four inches backward. This transformed Toyota Prius profile to a sleek sedan just like the Honda Insight Hybrid (Sousanis, 15 August 2011).
Toyota Prius uses a pair of rechargeable motors, and an unremittingly flexible transmission (UFT). These are straddling to the 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine. As a result of this, Prius system is are to use several combinations of gasoline and/or electric power—including an all-electric mode. On the other hand, Honda's insight is almost similar to the last Civic Hybrid (Burgess Wise, 2009). The rechargeable motor is fixed in between the gasoline engine and the Continuously Variable Transmission. So, unlike the Toyota Prius, the engine must always turn when in power-driven voyage mode, the engine basically cruises. Evidently Honda Insight and Toyota Prius sham different paths on the development of their hybrids. You will agree with me that, the Insight was meant to be a fusion for many, with a cost-effective, simple powertrain which gives some fuel economy for a lower price. If you have once driven a Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, you will agree with me that the Toyota is worth its price which is more than that of Honda (Setright, 2004).
This paper has extensively explored the similarities and the differences of Toyota Prius Hybrid and the Honda Insight Hybrid. This paper has showed why these two very similar cars are different mechanically providing several examples.
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