Where should you start when it comes to buying a new Electric or Plug-In Hybrid Compact car? Your friends at Cantin Chevrolet in Laconia, New Hampshire, are here to provide a comparison of two rival vehicles that are in this class. The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt and the 2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid are two vehicles you may be considering, so we wanted to provide some information which may help you decide between the two.
Price = Clarity
First, let’s talk about price. The Clarity is the winner in this category, starting at $33,400. The Bolt starts a few thousand dollars higher, at $36,620. Although a bit different in starting price, both vehicles are in a reasonable price range to suit most any budget.
One of the influential topics when purchasing a fully electric or partially electric vehicle is its overall efficiency. The Clarity is a Plug-In Hybrid compact car, whereas the Bolt is a fully Electric compact car, meaning that each one has unique benefits.
Because the Clarity is a Hybrid vehicle, it has a slightly higher range per charge/fuel fill up. The combined range rating for the Clarity is 340 miles, whereas the Bolt comes in at 259 miles per charge.
Even though the Clarity has an overall higher combined range rating, it may end up being more laborious having to manage two drive systems. Making sure the battery is charged and the gas tank is full along with the maintenance for both independent systems may add extra stress to your daily habits. The Bolt is fully Electric and therefore only has the electric system to manage and keep charged in order to remain fully functional. In the end, both vehicles have their own benefits, so you will need to weigh your options in this department and decide which one is going to be more practical for your needs.
Second to Efficiency, the power that the engine produces while still providing an impressive driving efficiency is also an incredibly important subject.
This category is clearly dominated by the Bolt. Chevrolet has done an incredible job to create a fully electric vehicle without sacrificing its power. With 200 horsepower and 266 lb. ft. of torque, you will forget you’re driving an electric car! The Clarity comes in behind its competitor, with 181 horsepower and 232 lb. ft. of torque.
Space / Convenience / Technology = Bolt
Both the Bolt and the Clarity seat up to five people and have Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and Android Auto™ compatibility. For this category,that is where the similarity between these vehicles stops.
The Clarity has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space whereas the Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Both vehicles have about the same passenger space, however the Bolt is slightly shorter overall and is a little smaller when it comes to width, making it the easier vehicle to maneuver and park.
The Bolt also comes with more of a variety of available exterior color options and available package options. With nine color options and four available package options, customization is truly possible with the Bolt. Among the available package options is the infotainment package which includes upgrades such as; Wireless Device Charging, Bose® Premium Audio System, and USB Charging Ports.
The Clarity is equipped with an 8” Touch-Screen Display compared to the Bolt which has a standard 10.2” Diagonal Color Touch-Screen Display. The Bolt comes standard with HD Rear Vision Camera and offers the upgraded HD Surround Vision to allow you to always be aware of your surroundings and be able to keep those you love safe.
With all these aspects taken into consideration, the Bolt is the clear winner for this comparison. The additional technological features, greater level of power, added space, and increased conveniences that it provides, the Bolt is definitely the car of choice in this battle.