2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Safety

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Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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

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There are over 66 percent more Honda dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 64 more horsepower (212 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid:

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Crosstrek Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running on electricity (117 city/102 hwy vs. 99 city/80 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running its gasoline engine (44 city/40 hwy vs. 36 city/35 hwy).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 47 miles, over two and a half times as far as the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 17-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

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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 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (6 to 7). This means the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 6.6 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Crosstrek Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Crosstrek Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has larger tires than the Crosstrek Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R18).

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 Crosstrek Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Crosstrek Hybrid (108.3 inches vs. 104.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Passenger Space

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has .7 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek Hybrid has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid’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 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 Crosstrek Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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