2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Honda Clarity Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Volt’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 Volt 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, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Volt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Clarity Electric has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Volt’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 Volt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. 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 Volt’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Volt’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (294 vs. 221) than the Clarity Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Volt’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 435.7 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Clarity Electric’s range is only 89 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 19 hours.

Tires and Wheels

The Volt 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.

Suspension and Handling

The Volt has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Volt’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Clarity Electric’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Volt may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Honda Clarity Electric.

The Volt is 1 foot shorter than the Clarity Electric, making the Volt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Volt and the Clarity Electric have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Volt 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Volt Premier 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 Volt’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.

The Volt Premier’s Automatic Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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