2019 Honda Clarity Electric vs. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Electric and the Ioniq 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Honda Clarity Electric weighs 860 pounds more than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Clarity Electric’s warranty.

Engine

The Clarity Electric’s electric motor produces 43 more horsepower (161 vs. 118) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 215) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Clarity Electric

Ioniq Electric

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the Ioniq Electric (235/45R18 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Ioniq Electric’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Electric has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Ioniq Electric.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Clarity Electric has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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

Passenger Space

The Clarity Electric has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ioniq Electric (100.5 vs. 96.2).

The Clarity Electric has 2 inches more front hip room, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ioniq Electric.

Ergonomics

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 Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Clarity Electric’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ioniq Electric’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Ioniq Electric’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 Ioniq Electric can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Both the Clarity Electric and the Ioniq Electric have standard heated front seats. 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 Ioniq Electric.

Both the Clarity Electric and the Ioniq Electric 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 Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

The Honda Clarity outsold the Hyundai Ioniq by 34% during 2018.

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