2018 Honda Clarity and Hyundai Ioniq, Head-to-Head -- Which Plug-In Hybrid is Right for You?

Ours is a mid-size car in three generations, once a three-door, two-passenger liftback, once a five-door hatch, and now, back for the latest model year, a fully-fledged plug-in hybrid sedan. Theirs is a relative newcomer to the segment, a 2016 debut. Each, however, is designed to go the extra mile, and not just with fuel. But at the end of the trip, only one pulls ahead where it matters: the 2018 Honda Clarity. Discover where and how here in Torrington at Sullivan Honda.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Performance

The 2018 Clarity plug-in hybrid features a 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder gas engine paired with an electric motor and a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery, yielding a total system horsepower rating of 212. The new Ioniq plug-in hybrid, however, incorporates a 1.6-liter I4 gas engine mated to an electric motor and 8.9-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, which collectively put out only 139 horsepower. What's more, the 2018 Clarity battery can shell out up to 232 pound-feet of near-instant torque, whereas the Ioniq battery is only capable of 125 pound-feet. In sum, it's Honda that offers the more energetic and confident ride.

Safety

With Honda Sensing® driver-assist technology standard in both its base and Touring trims, 2018 Honda Clarity provides wraparound protection, and ultimately, peace of mind. It can provide warnings of imminent lane departures and front-end collisions, help prevent road departures and accidents, and assist you in staying in-lane and at a safe distance from traffic. Plus, Honda LaneWatch&#trade;, a right-side monitoring system for approaching vehicles, comes standard, as do piercing LED headlights. Hyundai Ioniq offers similar features, but they're only available in its top-of-the-line trim, Limited.

Size

2018 Clarity is longer, taller, and wider, both overall and by wheelbase and track. The second measures a sprawling 108.3 inches, while the last measures 62.2 inches in front and 62.5inches in the rear. 2018 Ioniq is a smaller car on all counts, measuring 106.3 inches, 61.2 inches, and 61.8 inches respectively. Furthermore, Clarity offers a sizable cabin with up to 101.5 cubic feet for up to five passengers, not to mention a roomy 15.5-cubic-foot trunk. Ioniq, however, only offers 96.2 cubic feet for its passengers, and though it has a larger trunk, measuring 23.0 cubic feet, it acquires that cargo room at a major cost to the cabin. The takeaways: Clarity offers proportions more conducive to a stable, dependable ride as well as to comfort.

Technology

If you're looking for entertainment and settings control at your fingertips, look no further than 2018 Honda Clarity. It builds in an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen and 180-watt, eight-speaker sound system, which comes complete with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for integrating your smartphone. Hyundai Ioniq may offer comparable eight-speaker Infinity audio, but it only features a 7-inch infotainment system standard in its base trim.

Test-Drive the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in Torrington Today!

You can look forward to a lot more under the hood and in-cabin to excel the competition, and that's an experience best had firsthand. Contact our friendly sales staff by phone or stop by the showroom here at 45 Migeon Ave for a visit. We'll schedule you for some unforgettable time behind the wheel.

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