2018 Honda Clarity Electric vs. 2018 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Electric and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Engine

The Clarity Electric’s electric motor produces 8 more horsepower (161 vs. 153) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (126 city/103 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy MPGe).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Clarity Electric’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mirai:

 

Clarity

Mirai

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.41 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the Mirai (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The Clarity Electric’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mirai’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Electric has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Mirai.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Clarity Electric has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Clarity Electric has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Clarity Electric flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Electric is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Mirai.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Clarity Electric a Mid-size car, while the Mirai is rated a Subcompact.

The Clarity Electric has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mirai can only carry 4.

The Clarity Electric has 16.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (102 vs. 85.7).

The Clarity Electric has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 6.6 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirai.

Cargo Capacity

The Clarity Electric has a much larger trunk than the Mirai (14.3 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

The Clarity Electric’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Clarity Electric has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Mirai doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Recommendations

The Honda Clarity outsold the Toyota Mirai by 34% during 2017.

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