2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Avalon Hybrid 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon Hybrid (117 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/44 hwy).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 47 miles, about 29 times as far as the Avalon Hybrid’s 1.6-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid higher (8 out of 10) than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid (7). This means the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 5.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Avalon Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon Hybrid:

 

Clarity

Avalon

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.06 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has larger tires than the Avalon Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon Hybrid XLE.

Chassis

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is 3.2 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Avalon Hybrid.

Ergonomics

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring 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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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 Avalon Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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