2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Corolla 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 1002 to 1009 pounds more than the Toyota Corolla Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Engine

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 91 more horsepower (212 vs. 121) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is faster than the Toyota Corolla Hybrid:

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Corolla Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.9 MPH

79 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 Corolla Hybrid (117 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 53 city/52 hwy).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 47 miles, about 78 times as far as the Corolla Hybrid’s 0.6-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 Toyota Corolla Hybrid (7). This means the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 5.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corolla 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 Corolla Hybrid:

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Corolla Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

10.2 inches

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

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Corolla Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has larger tires than the Corolla Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 195/65R15).

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 Corolla Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Corolla Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Corolla Hybrid (108.3 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hybrid.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring handles at .78 G’s, while the Corolla Hybrid LE pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Corolla Hybrid LE (27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.1 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the Corolla Hybrid is rated a Compact.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 12.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hybrid (101.5 vs. 88.6).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 11.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Corolla Hybrid (15.5 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer memory seats.

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

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has standard heated front and rear seats, which keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla 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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Corolla Hybrid’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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

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