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

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Camry 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.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid weighs 481 to 587 pounds more than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 4 more horsepower (212 vs. 208) than the Camry Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Camry Hybrid (117 city/102 hwy vs. 51 city/53 hwy MPGe).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 47 miles. The Camry Hybrid must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Clarity

Camry

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.06 inches

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid stops shorter than the Camry Hybrid:

 

Clarity

Camry

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has larger tires than the Camry Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 205/65R16).

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 Camry Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring handles at .78 G’s, while the Camry Hybrid LE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has .8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a larger trunk than the Camry Hybrid (15.5 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Camry Hybrid doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Camry Hybrid doesn’t offer memory seats.

Consumer Reports rated the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Camry Hybrid’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camry Hybrid.

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Camry Hybrid have standard heated front seats. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry Hybrid.

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

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