6 Fuel-Efficient Cars That Were Victims of Low Gas Prices

Honda Insight
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Honda Insight

The Honda Insight compact hybrid, launched in 2009 as a 2010 model, was an attempt to challenge the Toyota Prius' reign over the hybrid market. The Insight's drivetrain, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired to an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission, was shared among other hybrid models in the Honda lineup. This setup produced 98 horsepower and earned EPA ratings of 41 mpg city, 44 mpg highway.

As it approached the end of its lifecycle, the base Insight undercut the base Prius (and every other hybrid available) by more than $5,000 but couldn't match the Prius' fuel economy estimates. In 2014, Honda announced that the Insight had failed to meet sales expectations and wouldn't live to see another year. According to news reports from January of 2009, gas prices were so low that some experts speculated we were seeing the bottom of the market. Though there was some inevitable fluctuation, by January of 2015, gas prices were similar to the averages from six years before. Maybe this hurt the Honda Insight's chances, or maybe the Insight just arrived too late to take down the almighty Prius.

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