2017 Honda Clarity vs. Its Competition

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The only two hydrogen-powered rivals for the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell are the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.

The Mirai, like the Clarity (and like the Prius hybrid) is a unique body style, which gives this bizarrely shaped model street recognition for those who want to be seen as early adopters.

The Mirai drives decently, rather like a normal hybrid gasoline car, although it's sluggish at higher speeds.

The Hyundai Tucson is an adaptation of the previous-generation of the compact crossover utility, and there's said to be a dedicated hydrogen SUV coming from Hyundai in a year or two.

The hydrogen Tucson is also well engineered, with ancillary whine and whir down to a minimum and good drivability—an indication that Hyundai has a strong commitment to fuel-cell technology.

Finally, the Tesla Model S is another zero-emission sedan in roughly the same price range, though it runs on a battery that's plugged into the electric grid to recharge.

Its Supercharger network of DC fast-charging sites lets the Tesla drive pretty much anywhere in the U.S.; the other three are effectively limited to California.

The Clarity Electric theoretically competes with a much wider group of electric cars.

While it's a comfortable mid-size sedan, it has less rated range than any of them.

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6.0
The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell steps up to a mid-size form, drives like a battery-electric car, and earns a range rating of 365 miles—but you're still tethered to a hydrogen fueling network.
4.8
The 2017 Toyota Mirai sedan has polarizing styling, seats only four, has little acceleration at highway speeds, and can be fueled only in limited regions; while Toyota says it's the future, potential buyers may want to wait and see.
8.3
The 2017 Tesla Model S is unlike any other car on the road for several reasons—good and bad.
8.0
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson caters to drivers that put styling and features at the top of their crossover-SUV wish list.
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