Review: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Review: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Savvy drivers in Richmond know there’s not just one player in the hybrid car segment, so they come to Honda – known for reliability, efficiency, and technology – to see what the next-generation eco cars offer.

A model we love to show off is the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, one of three in the Clarity series, joining the Electric and Fuel Cell models. When you buy the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Virginia offers HOV lane eligibility, special rates on electricity, and other local benefits.

But the reasons you’ll love this revolutionary plug-in aren’t based on incentives. Below, we’ll detail what makes this hybrid run, its fuel economy, and its wide range of features for comfort, convenience, safety, and entertainment.

EV Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a high-powered lithium-ion battery that sends energy to an electric motor, combined with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The battery gets its energy from an external source, rather than from kinetic or regenerative energy like a traditional hybrid, allowing the vehicle to run on battery power alone. The Clarity Plug-In lets you go 47 miles on a full charge, reducing your carbon footprint and gas expenses substantially.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the Honda plug-in hybrid gets a combined 42 MPG, or 110 MPGe.* For comparison’s sake, the Clarity Plug-In will save you $700 each year, versus the average new car. Some drivers worry about an increase in their electric bill from charging their plug-in, but PlugInAmerica.org notes that you can offset the cost by making small changes like using more efficient lightbulbs. Plus, don't forget about those incentives from the state of Virginia.

The 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid isn't just efficient, it also performs at a high level. Its powertrain makes a net 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of instant torque, making for smooth and quick acceleration. The engine is mated to an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters.

Comfort and Convenience

The five-passenger Clarity Plug-In has two trims, including a base and the Touring. Base models come equipped standard with heated front seats, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat with center armrest. Additionally, all models have pockets and storage compartments, a full-size trunk with 15.5 cubic feet of space, and premium materials throughout the cabin.

The Clarity Plug-In Touring features high-quality leather seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory, 4-way power passenger’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Safety and Technology

Both trims come equipped standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technology, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow.

Additionally, all models feature the Honda LaneWatch advanced blind spot monitor, as well as a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, HomeLink remote system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio. The Touring adds the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic.

Pricing

Starting at $33,400 MSRP**

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

*2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

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