Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Vs. Chevy Volt

By Justin Cupler | March 31st, 2019

Plug-in hybrids are a great bridge to full-electric vehicles, as they give owners enough EV range for their daily commute and a gasoline backup engine for longer trips. The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and 2019 Chevy Volt offer our Rochester area buyers just that. While their powertrains are similar, they are aimed at different buyers. Which vehicle is best for you? Find out below.

Exterior

Advanced-powertrain vehicles like the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and 2019 Chevy Volt were once wildly styled, but they have since become more toned down. The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid still has a little of that wild styling with its aero-enhancing wheel skirts, but it is otherwise quite traditional looking with a lot of its design cues trickling down directly from the Honda Accord.

The 2019 Chevy Volt also has a traditional sedan look, but its design is even less like one that has an advanced powertrain. It boasts the looks of a typical sedan, but it also has a dose of sportiness to tune it toward the younger crowd. The large, silver grille insert may turn off some buyers, but it is still a great-looking sedan.

Both electrified sedans have a host of premium exterior features, including standard LED headlights, taillights, and turn signals, upscale wheels, and more.  

 

In terms of sizing, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is significantly larger than the Volt. This is especially in length where it is 12.3 inches longer than the Volt.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 2019 Chevy Volt Difference
Length 192.7 inches 180.4 inches +12.3 inches
Width 73.9 inches 71.2 inches +2.7 inches
Height 58.2 inches 56.4 inches +1.8 inches
Wheelbase 108.3 inches 106.1 inches +2.2 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 4,052 to 4,059 pounds 3,543 pounds +509 to +516 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

  • Accord-like styling
  • Upscale look
  • Tons of premium features

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Volt

  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to park
  • Sporty looks

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and 2019 Chevy Volt continue with their more traditional styling, but they target different demographics. The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s cabin boasts a horizontally oriented dash that features satin-chrome details, a floating touchscreen, a push-button gear shifter, and more. Nothing in here screams “advanced powertrain” other than the economy gauges.

The 2019 Chevy Volt’s interior, like its exterior, is sportier than the Clarity’s. The 2019 Volt’s cabin boasts swoopier lines, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, a traditional gear shifter, and more. Though it is sportier than the Clarity, nothing makes this cabin over the top or overstyled.

Both cabins boast premium features and technology, including standard 8-inch touchscreens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB charging ports, and more. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid sets itself apart from the Volt with its standard advances safety equipment to keep your family safe and sound. These safety bits include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and more.

 

In terms of size, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is significantly roomier than the Volt. There is not a single key interior measurement that the Volt wins, but the size difference is most evident in the rear where the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has an extra 1.3 inches of headroom, 1.5 inches of legroom, 4.1 inches of shoulder room, and 4.3 inches of hip room.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 2019 Chevy Volt Difference
Front headroom 39.1 inches 37.8 inches +1.3 inches
Front legroom 42.2 inches 42.1 inches +0.1 inches
Front shoulder room 59.7 inches 56.5 inches +3.2 inches
Front hip room 55.8 inches 53.7 inches +2.1 inches
Rear headroom 37.1 inches 35.8 inches +1.3 inches
Rear legroom 36.2 inches 34.7 inches +1.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 57.3 inches 53.2 inches +4.1 inches
Rear hip room 55.6 inches 51.3 inches +4.3 inches
Luggage capacity 15.5 cubic feet 10.6 cubic feet +4.9 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

  • Significantly larger interior
  • Nearly 5 cubic feet more trunk space
  • Premium-looking cabin

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Volt

  • Swoopy, sporty cabin

Performance

Green cars are no longer the slugs they once were, as more automakers work toward perfecting electric motors and batteries. The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and 2019 Chevy Volt both have respectable performance numbers from their electric powerplants.

The Clarity milks 212 horsepower from its powertrain that launches it to 60 mph in a surprisingly quick 7.5 seconds in independent testing. The Volt is about a second slower at 8.4 seconds to 60 mph.

Where these models shine is their efficiency. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid delivers 110 mpg-e in electric mode and 42 mpg combined in hybrid mode. The 2019 Volt is less efficient in electric mode at 106 mpg-e, but its combined rating in range-extended mode matches the Clarity’s combined hybrid rating. In EV range, the Clarity delivers a respectable 47 miles of range, but the Volt’s higher-capacity battery beats that by 6 miles.

 

2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 2019 Chevy Volt Difference
Engine 1.4-liter 4-cyl 1.5-liter 4-cyl generator
Horsepower 103 hp at 5,500 rpm
Torque 99 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm
Electric Motor AC permanent magnet Second-generation Voltec electric drive
Horsepower 181 hp at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm 149 hp +32 hp
Torque 232 lb-ft at 0 to 2,000 rpm 294 lb-ft -62 lb-ft
Total horsepower 212 hp 149 hp +63 hp
Total torque
294 lb-ft
Transmission CVT Single-speed
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 7.5 seconds 8.4 seconds -0.9 seconds
Lateral acceleration 0.78 g 0.84 g 0.06 g
Battery capacity 17 kilowatt-hours 18.4 kilowatt-hours -1.4 kilowatt-hours
Electric range 47 miles* 53 miles -6 miles
Electric MPG 110 mpg-e* 106 mpg-e +4 mpg-e
MPG City 44 mpg*
MPG Highway 40 mpg*
MPG Combined 42 mpg* 42 mpg
Charge time 2.5 hrs at 240 volts***

12 hrs at 120 volts***

2.25 to 4.5 hrs at 240 volts

13 hrs at 120 volts

-2 to +0.25 hrs at 240 volts

1 hr at 120 volts

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

  • Big power horsepower advantage
  • Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  • More all-electric efficiency
  • Quicker charging time

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Volt

  • Longer EV range
  • Better handling

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid comes in just two trim levels — base and Touring — with starting prices ranging from $33,400 to $36,600.

 

There are also just two trims that make up the 2019 Chevy Volt lineup: LT and Premier. Their starting prices are $34,395 and $38,995, respectively.

2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $33,400**

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • AC permanent-magnet electric motor
  • 17-kilowatt-hour battery
  • 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Electric parking brake
  • Hill-start assist
  • Remote preconditioning
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • 18-inch aerodynamically enhanced wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • LED turn signals
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • One-touch-up/down power windows
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Front illuminated vanity mirrors
  • LED map lights
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • Floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM radio
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora compatibility
  • SMS text messaging
  • One 1-amp and one 1.5-amp USB ports in the center console
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation

 

Touring: $36,600**

  • All Base features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Perforated leather seats
  • Navigation with Honda HD Digital Traffic

2019 Chevy Volt Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LT: $34,395

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder generator
  • Electric motor
  • 18.4-kilowatt-hour battery
  • 3.6-kilowatt onboard charger
  • Normal, Sport, Mountain, and Hold driving modes
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • Regen On Demand paddle
  • 17-inch five-spoke painted-aluminum wheels
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Chevy Infotainment 3 Plus
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Voice recognition
  • In-vehicle apps
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Cargo cover
  • Front visors with vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Location-based charging
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • Power door locks
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Power windows with onetouch-up/down driver’s
  • Remote ignition
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Two USB ports in center stack
  • Vinyl shift knob
  • Vinyl steering wheel
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • HD rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

Premier: $38,995

  • All LT features, plus
  • 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger
  • 17-inch Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Semi-autonomous parking
  • Bose eight-speaker audio system
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid?

Buyers looking for a reserved look and traditional feel will appreciate that the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers. The 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may have a shorter EV range, but its efficiency will benefit buyers with shorter commutes.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Volt?

Buyers who seek a sportier model will find the Volt’s looks right up their alley. Also, its lower-placed battery pack and sportier chassis delivers better performance in the corners.

 

Whether you commute to Rochester daily or just need to cruise to Henrietta or Pittsford for a weekend trip, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will get you there efficiently and in style. Stop by Garber Honda serving the Rochester area today for a test drive. Can’t make it to our showroom today? Stop by our online inventory page to find the 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid model that suits your needs and call us to schedule a test drive for later.

 

* 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Mileage: 110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile EV mode driving range rating, 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

 

***Charging time varies depending on conditions, such as the remaining battery level and the ambient temperature.