2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

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 Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Volt and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Volt’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’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 Plug-In Hybrid.

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Volt’s reliability 18 points higher than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Volt running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (43 city/42 hwy vs. 44 city/40 hwy).

The Volt’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 53 miles, 13% further than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s 47-mile range.

The Volt has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (8.9 vs. 7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Volt stops much shorter than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid:

 

Volt

Clarity

 

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

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 Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Volt Premier handles at .86 G’s, while the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Volt Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring (26.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Volt’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’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 to 550 pounds less than the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

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

The front grille of the Volt uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Volt and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid 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 Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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