2020 Porsche Taycan vs. 2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Taycan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Taycan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Taycan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Taycan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Clarity Fuel Cell only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Taycan and the Clarity Fuel Cell have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

The Porsche Taycan weighs 643 to 998 pounds more than the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Taycan comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Clarity Fuel Cell’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Taycan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s (12 vs. 5 years).

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 Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

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The Taycan 4S’ standard electric motors produces 308 more horsepower (482 vs. 174) than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s electric motor. The Taycan 4S’ optional electric motors produces 388 more horsepower (562 vs. 174) and 258 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 221) than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo’s standard electric motors produces 496 more horsepower (670 vs. 174) and 405 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 221) than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo S’ standard electric motors produces 576 more horsepower (750 vs. 174) and 553 lbs.-ft. more torque (774 vs. 221) than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Taycan Turbo S is faster than the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell:

Taycan

Clarity

Zero to 30 MPH

.9 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6 sec

26.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

2.9 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.1 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

1.6 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

10.5 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

130 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Taycan gets better fuel mileage than the Clarity Fuel Cell:

MPGe

Taycan

4S Perf. Electric Motors

68 city/71 hwy

Turbo Electric Motors

68 city/71 hwy

Turbo S Electric Motors

67 city/68 hwy

Clarity Fuel Cell

Electric Motor

67 city/66 hwy

Transmission

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The Taycan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Taycan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Clarity Fuel Cell:

Taycan 4S

Taycan Turbo S

Clarity Fuel Cell

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

16.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

16.1 inches

12.2 inches

The Taycan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Clarity Fuel Cell are solid, not vented.

The Taycan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Taycan stops much shorter than the Clarity Fuel Cell:

Taycan

Clarity Fuel Cell

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Taycan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Clarity Fuel Cell (F:265/35R21 & R:305/30R21 vs. 235/45R18).

The Taycan’s optional 265/35R21 front and 305/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taycan 4S has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Clarity Fuel Cell. The Taycan offers optional 21-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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The Taycan offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Taycan uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Clarity Fuel Cell, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Taycan offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Honda doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Clarity Fuel Cell.

The Taycan has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Clarity Fuel Cell’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Taycan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taycan’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Clarity Fuel Cell (114.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Taycan is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Clarity Fuel Cell.

The Taycan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.6% to 51.4%) than the Clarity Fuel Cell’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Taycan more stable handling and braking.

The Taycan Turbo S handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Clarity Fuel Cell pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Taycan Turbo S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.4 seconds quicker than the Clarity Fuel Cell (23.6 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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The front grille of the Taycan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Taycan Turbo S is quieter than the Clarity Fuel Cell (65 vs. 66 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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The Taycan has a much larger trunk than the Clarity Fuel Cell (15.7 vs. 11.8 cubic feet).

The Taycan’s available folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Clarity Fuel Cell’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 78% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the Clarity Fuel Cell, the Taycan offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Taycan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Taycan has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Taycan’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Clarity Fuel Cell has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Taycan keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Taycan’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Taycan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Clarity Fuel Cell.

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