2019 Honda Insight vs 2016-2018 Honda Civic: Sibling differences compared

The 2019 Honda Insight and the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Honda Civic are very clearly related. We compare them side by side to see their differences.

2019 Honda Insight - front, grayInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
In a change of form, the big-selling Civic has more 'out there' styling than the more niche hybrid-only Insight. In fact, the Insight is actively being pitched as the anti-Prius as it looks normal and handsome. For us, the Insight is actually more handsome the Civic.
2019 Honda Insight - headlampsInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
While they look very similar in many ways, as you can see here with the front of the car, every exterior panel except the roof is unique.
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
Both cars can be fitted with LED headlamps. Chromed wing grilles are standard.
2019 Honda Insight - sideInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
Both cars ride on the same 106.3-inch (2,700mm) wheelbase. The Insight is 183.6 inches (4,663mm) long, 55.6 inches (1,412mm) tall, and 71.6 inches (1,819mm) wide. The Civic is 1.3 inches (33mm) shorter from bumper to bumper at 182.3 inches (4,630mm). It is also 55.7 inches (1,415mm) tall, and 70.8 inches (1,798mm) wide. So, yeah, the Insight is fractionally larger.
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
The Insight has a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a full hybrid system making a total of 151hp (113kW), and starts at US$22,830. The Civic starts at US$18,940 with a 2-litre making 158hp (118kW). The Civic is also available with a 1.5-litre turbo, and the crazy 2.0-litre Type R turbo.
2019 Honda Insight - rear, grayInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
While the previous two generations of the Insight were hatchbacks, the new one is definitely sedan, although it shares the same fastback shape as the Civic sedan.
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
For us, the less in-your-face Insight is a much more pleasant to look at, but given how dreary the ninth-generation Civic was, we really shouldn't complain.
2019 Honda Insight - interior, dashboard, white leatherInsight
2016 Honda Civic Sedan - interiorCivic
2019 Honda Insight - front seats, white leatherInsight
2016 Honda Civic Sedan - front seatsCivic
The door and dashboard panels, and seat trims too, are unique, but both vehicles clearly share the same underlying architecture with all the key parts (climate control system, infotainment, vents, etc.) all in exactly the same place.
2019 Honda Insight - rear seats, white leatherInsight
2016 Honda Civic Sedan - rear seatsCivic
Given the overall body structure seems to be same, the rear seat accommodate looks eerily familiar.
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic Sedan - instruments and steering wheelCivic
Nice to see Honda's gone to effort of giving both cars unique instrument panels, but the 3D look of the Civic appeals to us more.
2019 Honda Insight - transmission controlsInsight
2016 Honda Civic Sedan - transmissionCivic
The Insight has a electronic CVT, and as such you select between park, reverse, neutral and drive via a line of switches, because, we guess, it looks more advanced than a traditional shifter. The Civic is available with 6-speed manual, although the vast majority will come with a CVT.
2019 Honda InsightInsight
2016 Honda Civic SedanCivic
The much better Display Audio system pictured here on the left isn't standard on either the Civic or Insight, which really is a shame.

2019 Honda Insight



2016-2018 Honda Civic




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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]


2019 Honda Insight vs 2016-2018 Honda Civic: Sibling differences compared