Forget everything you've heard, seen or experienced with past iterations. The all-new 2019 Honda Insight is more than ready to take on the Toyota Prius with stellar fuel economy, lithesome styling, a spacious interior, and a wealth of standard advanced safety features. Minor gripes include the lack of hatchback versatility, engine drone when pressed, and a base trim that omits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We spend a week in the 2019 Honda HR-V, the brand's smallest crossover, and find that it continues to offer a smooth ride, a brilliantly versatile interior with class-leading cargo space, and a good value proposition. At the same time, acceleration is nothing to write home about, advanced safety features are missing from the two most affordable models, the new Sport model offers no performance advantage, and the sportier manual transmission has been dropped from the entire lineup.
The most fuel efficient member of the three-model lineup, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric features a usable range, smooth ride, and hushed around-town driving experience. But it's hampered by a small back seat, a single motor drivetrain that isn't as smooth as some rival models, and a range realistically limited to commuting.
The 2018 Hyundai Kona cruises onto the stage in a class already awash with solid entries from Subaru, Honda, Mazda, and Nissan, along with nearly every other automaker on the planet. What the Kona brings to the party is a solid value proposition, smooth ride, and a durable, practical interior. But it's also hampered by fussy exterior touches, a finicky optional dual-clutch transmission, leisurely acceleration, and limited availability of advanced safety features.