Honda Clarity Overview

The Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In is designed and built to compete against some of the best hybrid vehicles in the world today. It combines a calm and comfortable ride with a premium-looking interior, packed with great features. When compared to other hybrid vehicles on the market, its electric range, fuel economy and charging times are excellent. Apart from these great features, its value is another reason why you should consider buying one. It's one of the most luxurious hybrid vehicles you can drive today. The car is available in two trims - Touring and standard. However, the Electric and Fuel Cell models are only available in a single trim. On the road, the Clarity drives like a sports sedan. It delivers a smooth and comfortable ride, while its powertrain is unmatched.

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Honda Clarity Styling

While the Clarity appears to be of the same size as the Honda Accord, its proportions are quite different. If you take a closer look, you will realize that this sedan is taller, with a larger appearance from the back and a unique high tail. In fact, most people argue that it's more of a combination of three previous Hondas - the Insight hybrid hatchback, the Crosstour utility vehicle and Clarity fuel-cell car. When it comes to styling, the Clarity was designed with high levels of attention-to-detail. It will definitely turn heads wherever you go. If you opt for the Fuel Cell model, you will notice that the black roof somehow disguises its bulk. However, that is not the situation with the other trims.

The exterior has been streamlined to enhance air flow, which helps to minimize air drag, thus improving its fuel efficiency. The front-end features a smooth and clean aesthetic, which helps the car to achieve great aerodynamics and excellent fuel efficiency. Its trunk also comes with a horizontal spoiler, which helps to compensate for the rear window base-height. It's available in 6 different color choices - platinum white, modern steel, solar silver, moonlit forest, crystal black and crimson. With such a wide range of colors available, you are assured of finding a trim that suits your preferences. As for the interior, you will come across a luxurious-feeling and handsome design. Its dashboard is similar to other models from this brand. Interior materials depend on the trim. They range from artificial-wood accents in the lower trim to ultrasuede insets in the higher trims. Just like the exterior, the interior screams upscale and stylish.

Honda Clarity Performance

Each of the three versions of the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In has a different powertrain configuration. Despite its small gas engine, it comes with a plenty of electric power, which helps it to run smoothly even under the most challenging situations. Its acceleration is smooth, roadholding is excellent and handling is great. It is powered by a 1.5-liter engine, combined with the latest generation two-motor hybrid system. The motor hybrid system adds a conventional transmission system. Its drive motor, rated 181 hp delivers approximately 232-pound feet of torque. It can power the car in various situations, especially when driving in low-speed roads. It's designed to operated solely on the battery. However, once the battery power is depleted, it will revert to a conventional hybrid. You can also conserve its battery power for later use and then power the car using gasoline.

When the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In is operating in hybrid mode, it mainly utilizes its engine as a generator. This implies that the engine may not be in sync with reductions or gains in road speeds. It drives quietly expect when you are climbing hilly areas. In hilly situations, the 1.5-liter engine is forced to generate enough power to haul its massive trunk. Otherwise, the vehicle is quiet when being driven in normal road conditions. Its 17 kwh, lithium-ion battery is fitted at the front of the trunk. It delivers 47 miles when fully charged. When the vehicle is using the hybrid mode, it returns a fuel economy of 42 mpg. It will only take 2.5 hours to recharge the battery using a 240-volt charging station.

The Clarity Fuel Cell and the Clarity Electric are each powered by a sole electric motor. The hydrogen model delivers more power as compared to the battery version. The Electric version comes with a 25.5 kwh battery, with a range of 93 miles. The Fuel Cell draws power from two hydrogen tanks, which have been positioned behind the rear seat. The Fuel Cell has an EPA rating of 365 miles. Also, the hydrogen model comes with an additional battery pack placed under the front seats for supplying extra boost when more power is needed. All the three Clarity versions perform confidently on the road. Its turning radius is somehow tight despite the sedan's size. In addition, the suspension responds well to bumpy surfaces. Occupants may not even realize that the vehicle is driving along a rough road. As much as the hydrogen model has a longer range, it faces certain performance limitations as compared to the Electric model.

Honda Clarity Comfort and Quality

Honda vehicles are renowned for their exceptional comfort and the Clarity Hybrid Plug In doesn't disappoint. Its interior is quiet, spacious and luxurious. The number of seats available depends on the powertrain. The Electric and the high-volume plug in models have five seats while the Fuel Cell model comes with four seats. The interior is spacious for a midsize sedan, the ride is smooth and adequately insulated against external noises. Its seats are comfortable, great bolstering as well as a good range of front power adjustment. However, the passenger seat height is not adjustable.
Its seats are slightly higher as compared to the Honda Accord. It also has ample legroom for rear occupants, thus making it a great car to drive over long distances. Furthermore, rear seats come with cup holders, door pockets, storage cubicles, as well as a center console that can accommodate various accessories. Available trunk space depends on the version. The Clarity Plug In features 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is the largest in the series. On the other hand, the Fuel Cell version 11.1 cubic feet while the Electric comes with 14.3 cubic feet. On the road, the Honda Clarity is quiet and smooth at all times. You will not encounter any noise from compressors, pumps, or air inlets, as experienced in other vehicles. In fact, you will hardly notice the engine is on, unless you check the dashboard. As noted earlier, the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In will only make noise when moving swiftly in hilly areas.

Honda Clarity Safety

Safety remains one of the biggest considerations when purchasing a vehicle. The good news is that the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In is designed to meet exceptional safety standards. As much as the IIHS and the National Highway Transport and Safety Authority (NHTSA) have not yet rated it, the car is expected to perform well during those tests. Its safety features are similar to those you will find in other cars in its class. It comes with the usual pack of airbags. A rearview camera is standard across all trims. The LaneWatch Video camera is also standard. This video camera provides a live footage of the passenger-side, which is more than four times what an ordinary side mirror would show.

The Fuel Cell and the lower-volume Electric versions also come with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, as well as active lane control. The high-pressure hydrogen tanks have been designed with tough and sturdy materials. Therefore, even when the rest of the car crumples after a collision, the tanks will remain intact, therefore preventing an explosion. Rear visibility is great thanks to the addition of a glass panel between the rear-seat tops. The added glass panel provides a clear line of sight at all times on the road.

The Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In comes with all the great options and features you would expect in a mid-size sedan. All versions feature dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, an 8-speaker audio system, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display as well as LED lights both rear and front. Other standard features include Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Apple CarPlay. All models also come with 18-inch alloy wheels although the designs are different among the three versions. The Touring version features an additional navigation system, featuring a map of charging-station locations. Also, the Touring version adds a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, perforated leather upholstery, imitation-suede interior, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The keyless entry allows you to lock and start the vehicle without taking the keys out of the pocket. With its 8-inch display touch-screen, the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In gives you the power to enjoy a full cabin audio experience, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and Bluetooth Streaming audio. On the other hand, the Apple CarPlay integration gives you an opportunity to access Apple music, messages, maps, and phone calls through the compatible touchscreen. If you are an Android user, then you have not been left out. The Android auto integration gives you access to messages, Google maps, music, as well as other popular Android apps. The Honda satellite-linked navigation system is also available. It provides lane guidance as well as live-search functionality.

Honda Clarity Fuel Economy

Each of the three Clarity models are designed with minimal or zero emission. As far as fuel economy is concerned, the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In earns an EPA rating of approximately 47 miles. When operating in hybrid mode, it returns a fuel economy of 42 mpg. On the other hand, the Clarity Fuel Cell earns an EPA rating of approximately 365 miles, derived from its 5.5-gallons of hydrogen. However, the biggest drawback of the hydrogen model is that fueling infrastructure is only available in California. Therefore, it's not a car you can drive to Virginia or Texas. The Electric is the least efficient when it comes to fuel economy. Despite its larger battery pack, it only has a range of 93 miles. Its only advantage over the other versions is the presence of five seats. It's also good to note that you don't have to invest in a 240-volt charging system. You can opt for the cheaper 120-volt system, which charges the battery within 12 hours. Therefore, you can leave the car charging overnight. By the time you wake up, your vehicle will be fully charged, ready to hit the road.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage/highway estimates and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit //

Advantages of Owning this Car

As noted earlier, a plug in hybrid offers the benefits of a hybrid and an electric vehicle. Therefore, you can use its high-capacity electric battery for all your driving needs and then revert to the gas powered engine once the battery runs out. The Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In is a great example of such a combination. So, why should you choose this mid-size sedan over other vehicles in its class?

Apart from its convenient efficiency, the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In will also save you time and money, thanks to its low maintenance fees and fewer stops at the pump. Also, based on your location, you can qualify for the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) benefits. With a HOV sticker, you can use dedicated lanes while driving, which will help you to avoid traffic jams. Also, there are various tax rebates and credits afforded to owners of plug in hybrid vehicles. For example, owning the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In can guarantee you tax credits worth $7,500 through federal rebate programs. In addition, various localities and states offer additional benefits, including free parking, charger rebates and purchase and lease incentives. 

Plug in hybrid convenience:
The Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In offers two ways to fuel for your convenience. You can either user a level 1 charging system, using a compatible 120-volt power outlet or the level 2 charging system using a 240-volt charger. As much as your charging time depends on various factors, the good news is that there are more than 36,000 charging stations spread out within the U.S.

Final Thoughts
With a streamlined and eye-catching exterior, a posh and premium interior, plenty of power and impressive safety features, the Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug In is a joy to ride. It's a pleasant mid-size sedan, which can work for people looking for an environmentally-friendly ride.

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