2019 Fiat 500e vs. 2019 Honda Clarity Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500e has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500e and the Clarity Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The 500e comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Clarity Electric’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Fiat’s powertrain warranty covers the 500e 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Clarity Electric. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Clarity Electric ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

The 500e 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 500e’s turning circle is 7.1 feet tighter than the Clarity Electric’s (31.3 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Fiat 500e may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1050 pounds less than the Honda Clarity Electric.

The 500e is 4 feet, 2.3 inches shorter than the Clarity Electric, making the 500e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 500e is 9.8 inches narrower than the Clarity Electric, making the 500e easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the 500e’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Clarity Electric’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics

The 500e’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Clarity Electric’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 500e has a standard rear wiper. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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