2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2019 Honda Clarity Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Clarity Electric only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Nexo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Nexo and the Clarity Electric 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Clarity Electric’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Clarity Electric. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Clarity Electric ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Clarity Electric’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

The Nexo’s electric motor produces 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 221) than the Clarity Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Nexo’s maximum driving range is 380 miles, over 4 times as far as the Clarity Electric’s 89 mile range. After it exhausts its hydrogen, the Nexo can then refuel in minutes, while the Clarity Electric has to recharge for 30 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 19 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Nexo

Clarity

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Clarity Electric (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Clarity Electric’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Clarity Electric (109.8 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Clarity Electric.

For better maneuverability, the Nexo’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Clarity Electric’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Nexo is 8.8 inches shorter than the Clarity Electric, making the Nexo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has .3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the Clarity Electric.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The Clarity Electric’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume than the Clarity Electric (29.6 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Nexo’s cargo door uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Clarity Electric’s useful trunk space.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The Nexo uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Clarity Electric uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Nexo and the Clarity Electric have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Nexo is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Clarity Electric prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Nexo detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Nexo Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Clarity Electric doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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