2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Fuel Cell and the Kona 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

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 Fuel Cell’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s maximum driving range is 360 miles, 40% further than the Kona Electric’s 258-mile range. After it exhausts its pure electric range, the Clarity Fuel Cell can then refuel in minutes at a hydrogen station, while the Kona Electric has to recharge for 54 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 9 hours and 35 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Clarity

Kona

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

The Clarity Fuel Cell stops shorter than the Kona Electric:

 

Clarity

Kona

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Fuel Cell has larger tires than the Kona Electric (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Kona Electric’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Fuel Cell has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Kona Electric.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Fuel Cell’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Kona Electric (108.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The Clarity Fuel Cell handles at .81 G’s, while the Kona Electric Ultimate pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Fuel Cell has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona Electric (101.5 vs. 94.1).

The Clarity Fuel Cell has .7 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear legroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona Electric.

Ergonomics

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

The Clarity Fuel Cell’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 Kona Electric’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Clarity Fuel Cell 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 Kona Electric can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Kona Electric SE/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Clarity Fuel Cell and the Kona Electric have standard heated front seats. The Clarity Fuel Cell also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Kona Electric.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’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 Kona Electric doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

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