One reader is hesitating between two plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Honda Clarity and the Toyota Prius Prime.
With the new Federal EV incentive program, we’re more convinced than ever that our next car will be an electric vehicle of some kind. We currently own a Honda Civic and drive nearly 40,000 kilometers every year. We’re in Alberta so we don’t have that many charging stations around and feel that because of how much we drive and where we live, a plug-in hybrid is a better option than a full EV.
We narrowed it down to the Honda Clarity and the Toyota Prius Prime. We’ve driving the Clarity but not the Prius. It is worth driving? Our dealership is giving us a great deal given how long we’ve been clients and we know that the Clarity has more range than the Toyota. Should we just sign now?
What We Think
The Honda Clarity drives like every other Honda vehicle. You probably noticed that when you test drive the Honda PHEV. It feels like you’re driving a top-of-the-line Civic in terms of comfort and interior layout, and that’s likely what drew you to it. We’re guessing that if you weren’t satisfied with your Honda Civic, you never would have even driven the Clarity.
Now, did you like the 2019 Honda Clarity? That’s one thing that you didn’t mention. Because if you did like it, you’ll find that it has more range than the Prius Prime by about 35 kilometers, a larger-capacity battery that qualifies the Clarity for the full $5,000 Government of Canada EV incentive as oppose to $2,500 for the Prius Prime, and more space both in the trunk and in the back seat.
The Toyota Prius Prime was built at a time when it had very little competition and 40 kilometers of range was plenty. With the Clarity’s 76 kilometers of range, you’ll experience more fully-electric driving, but you should know that the Prius Prime is a more fuel-efficient vehicle overall than the Honda Clarity. The Toyota has a combined fuel consumption rating of 1.8 liters per 100 kilometers while the Clarity has a rating of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers. That’s because the Prius’ gas engine is more efficient than the Clarity’s. When the batteries are down, the Toyota is more efficient.
Given that you drive 40,000 kilometers per year, you’ll be driving a lot with the battery gone. With that in mind, we would recommend that you give the Prius a chance. We still think you’ll prefer the Clarity, but it’s worth checking out the Prius Prime.