Honda Clarity vs Toyota Mirai- Car Comparison
The Toyota Mirai is coming up with a new competitor. In the months to go, Honda rolled out giving the first copies of its Clarity Fuel Cell. It further took aim at the Mirai, which is an only other hydrogen fuel cell sedan on the market. Here are a few ways the two vehicles compare:
The two cars might look absolutely different from one another. However, the Clarity shares similar dimensions to the Mirai. Further, it measures just 0.2 inches longer and 2.4 inches wider. Furthermore, the Mirai is 2.2 inches taller and has a wheelbase 1.1 inches longer.
Moving into the inner dimensions and you’re greeted with a spacious cabin. Moreover, an open center console helps you store items between the two front seats. It is further unlike the Mirai, which consists of a closed center console. Besides this, both models have special features that make them unique from other vehicles in their respective brands. For instance, suede fabric runs along with the doors and the dashboard of Clarity.
However, the Clarity offers an elegant and airy cabin, you may prefer the futuristic feel of the Mirai’s interior. The unique buttonless touchpad area between the front seats is a clever way to operate climate controls, and carbon-fiber accents further add a bit of extra personality. Further, the infotainment screen juts out in front of the dashboard, and a digital instrument cluster is recessed deeper into the cabin, providing a multi-layered look.
Number of Seats
The Mirai has four very comfortable seats lined in SofTex, a synthetic leather material. In addition, the Clarity has the obvious advantage here because it has a total of five leather-trimmed seats.
Both the Mirai and the Clarity comes up with heated front seats. However, only the Mirai has heated rear seats. Further, it is one of the features that passengers typically marvel at when they’re first introduced to the Mirai. However, the Clarity offers a head-up display and Apple Car Play. It moreover offers Android Auto smartphone compatibility, features the Mirai doesn’t have.
Besides above, The Clarity produces 174 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque with help from an electric motor, lithium-ion battery, and fuel cell. Further, using its own electric motor, nickel-metal hybrid battery, and fuel cell stack, the Mirai delivers 153 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque but weighs 55.5 pounds less. However, the Mirai has Prius-like driving characteristics, the Clarity feels much like a typical Honda in the way it steers.
Further, According to EPA figures, the Mirai can further travel 312 miles on a single fill-up, and the Clarity is rated to travel 366 miles. Furthermore, the range can vary greatly, and it’s hard to know how these numbers hold up in real driving scenarios until we’ve tested the cars for longer periods of time.
Above all, The Clarity is an obvious victor here, but at the end of our drive, we were scratching our heads as if it were the day after the Oscars. Further, these cars prove out the technology, and for a low-cost transportation appliance, a subsidized lease on one with free fuel would certainly get nominated. However, if this hydrogen thing is going to catch on in the real world, cars need to be more fantastic.
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