2019 Honda Clarity Electric vs. 2018 Toyota Prius

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Clarity Electric and the Prius 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.

The Honda Clarity Electric weighs 944 to 1014 pounds more than the Toyota Prius. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.


The Clarity Electric’s standard electric motor produces 40 more horsepower (161 vs. 121) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Prius (126 city/103 hwy MPGe vs. 58 city/53 hwy).

The Clarity Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 89 miles on a full charge. The Prius can only travel about 1 mile before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the Prius (235/45R18 vs. 195/65R15). The Clarity Electric’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius (235/45R18 vs. 215/45R17).

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 Prius’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Electric has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Prius. The Prius’ largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Electric’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Prius (108.3 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Electric is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Prius.

The Clarity Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.1% to 48.9%) than the Prius’ (60.9% to 39.1%). This gives the Clarity Electric more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Electric has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius (100.5 vs. 93.1).

The Clarity Electric has 2.4 inches more front hip room, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear legroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.


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 Prius doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Clarity Electric, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Prius doesn’t offer memory seats.

If the windows are left open on the Clarity Electric the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Prius can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Clarity Electric has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Two Eco/Three/Four.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Clarity Electric has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Clarity Electric has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Prius Four. The Clarity Electric also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Prius.

The Clarity Electric’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Clarity Electric and the Prius offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Clarity Electric has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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