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Honda Insight
Sticker price: $19,800 - $21,300
Mileage: 43 hwy, 40 city

In the Insight, as in all Hondas, great attention was paid to crash protection, using Honda's "Ace" body structure to channel impact forces around and under occupants.

The Insight brings back the name of the now-classic Insight two-seater that, along with the original Prius, was one of the first hybrid cars on the U.S. market.

This time around, Honda hoped to create "the hybrid for everyone" by undercutting the Prius on price. Unfortunately, this new five-seater, while slightly less costly than the Prius, is much less of a car. It's raspy gasoline runs just about full time, the brakes feel wobbly, and even its "sport" mode manages only "bench warmer" performance.

You do get more features, like built-in navigation, at a lower price, though.

NEXT: Ford Fusion Hybrid

Last updated September 18 2009: 3:05 PM ET
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