Comparison: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs 2018 Chevrolet Volt

Comparison: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs 2018 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt has been a strong contender in the plug-in hybrid segment, but its latest competition from Honda is set to give it a run for its money. Richmond area drivers are already taking notice and asking us how the new Clarity models compare.

Below, we'll run down the differences between the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the 2018 Chevrolet Volt so you can see how they stack up in terms of fuel economy, features, and technology.

Read on, then visit us in Staunton for a test drive.

Fuel Efficiency and Hybrid Powertrain

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

The Clarity Plug-In has a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor that gets its energy from a 17-kWh battery that charges in just 2.5 hours. The hybrid powertrain makes a net 212 horsepower and is mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission with Sport Mode and deceleration paddle shifters.

This Clarity model has an electric-only range of 47 miles, and gets 40 MPG on gas alone and 110 MPGe with gas and electric power combined. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the model's excellent fuel economy means that you'll save $3,500 on gas over five years, compared to the average new car.*

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt also has a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor and 18.4-kWh battery that needs 4.5 hours to charge fully. The plug-in hybrid powertrain makes just 149 horsepower and has an electric drive transmission, so it's not as fun to drive as the Clarity.

According to the U.S. DOE, the Volt has an electric-only range of 53 miles, and gets 42 MPG with regular gas and 106 MPGe with fuel and electric combined. Because its fuel economy is on par with the Clarity's, the Volt will also save you $3,500 over five years.

Features and Technology

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

All models of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid have a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Honda LaneWatch blind spot system, HomeLink remote system, 8-inch Display Audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio. Additionally, both trims feature dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technology is also standard on both trims.

The Touring trim adds an 8-way power driver's seat, 4-way power passenger's seat, leather-trimmed seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation with voice recognition and HD Digital Traffic.

Chevrolet Volt

The Volt does not include any standard driver assistance tech, and none of its trims are available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, or HomeLink. The base LT trim has single-zone climate control, cruise control, Keyless Open and Start, LED ambient lighting, Teen Driver Technology, and a rear vision camera. Standard seating includes cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

The Volt Premier has leather-trimmed seating, heated front and rear outboard seats, Bose audio, and Sirius Traffic and Travel Link. It's also available with Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, IntelliBeam automatic high beam assist, Lane Change Alert, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

The Clarity and the Volt have similar starting prices, but the Honda has a better-equipped base model, and you might find that its substantially lower charging time alone gives it the edge. Visit us today in Stanton to test drive the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Pricing

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Starting at $33,400 MSRP**

Chevrolet Volt

Starting at $33,220 MSRPM

*2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.


**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.