2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vs. 2019 Kia Soul EV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Clarity Fuel Cell has a standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Soul EV doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Clarity Fuel Cell and the Soul EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 Fuel Cell weighs 845 pounds more than the Kia Soul EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The Clarity Fuel Cell’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul EV runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 35 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Clarity Fuel Cell’s warranty.


The Clarity Fuel Cell’s electric motor produces 65 more horsepower (174 vs. 109) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 210) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is faster than the Kia Soul EV:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.8 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Clarity Fuel Cell’s maximum driving range is 360 miles, over three times as far as the Soul EV’s 111-mile range. After it exhausts its pure electric range, the Clarity Fuel Cell can then refuel in minutes at a hydrogen station, while the Soul EV has to recharge for 43 minutes for only a 94% 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 24 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Fuel Cell has larger tires than the Soul EV (235/45R18 vs. 205/60R16).

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 Soul EV’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Fuel Cell has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Soul EV.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell 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 Kia Soul EV has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Clarity Fuel Cell has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Clarity Fuel Cell flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul EV’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Fuel Cell’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the Soul EV (108.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Clarity Fuel Cell handles at .81 G’s, while the Soul EV + pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Fuel Cell has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Soul EV (101.5 vs. 97.1).

The Clarity Fuel Cell has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom, 6.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul EV.


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 Soul EV doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Clarity Fuel Cell has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Soul EV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Soul EV 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 Soul EV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Soul EV doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Clarity Fuel Cell and the Soul EV 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 Soul EV doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Clarity Fuel Cell has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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