2019 Chevrolet Bolt vs. 2019 Honda Clarity Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Bolt are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Bolt Premier has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Clarity Electric only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Bolt’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Bolt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Clarity Electric has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Bolt’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Clarity Electric’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Bolt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Clarity Electric.

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bolt’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt third among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Clarity Electric isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

The Bolt’s electric motor produces 39 more horsepower (200 vs. 161) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 221) than the Clarity Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Bolt gets better fuel mileage than the Clarity Electric (128 city/110 hwy vs. 126 city/103 hwy MPGe).

The Bolt’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 238 miles on a full charge, over two and a half times as far as the Clarity Electric’s 89-mile range.

Tires and Wheels

The Bolt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires standard on the Bolt can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Bolt’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Clarity Electric’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Bolt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Honda Clarity Electric.

The Bolt is 2 feet, 4.7 inches shorter than the Clarity Electric, making the Bolt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Bolt has .6 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Clarity Electric.

Cargo Capacity

The Bolt has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Clarity Electric (16.9 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Bolt’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Clarity Electric’s useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Bolt and the Clarity Electric have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Bolt is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Clarity Electric prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Bolt has a standard rear wiper. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Bolt detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold winter days, the Bolt’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Bolt as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Bolt first among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Clarity Electric isn’t in the top three.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2017. The Clarity Electric has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Bolt was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2017. The Clarity Electric has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Bolt as the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Clarity Electric has never been chosen.

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