The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is a whole new class of premium. It offers class-leading mileage in an attractive and spacious mid-size package. Clarity also boasts advanced safety (Honda Sensing) and connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) features that puts it at the front of the hybrid pack. This is a sedan you’ll want to drive – it’s responsive, quiet and practical, with leather seating that is heated and powered in the front row, dual-zone climate control and a 540-watt/12-speaker audio.
Clarity Hybrid joins its siblings, Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric, in providing impressive efficiency with no or low emissions. The Hybrid model combines a pair of electric motors with a gasoline 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine. One of the electric motors puts out 135kW (181 horsepower) and just over 230lb-ft of torque, drawing power from a 17-kW-hour lithium-ion battery pack. In Normal driving mode, Clarity Hybrid operates on battery power until the battery is depleted, and the switches to conventional hybrid operation. Econ mode extends the driving range by reducing cabin ventilation and power draw, while Sport mode uses the engine and battery more aggressively. You can also toggle into HV mode with any of the three driving modes to engage the engine and save the battery for all-electric use at a later time.
Honda’s environmental engineers went all-in when designing the Clarity Hybrid. Beyond the low-emission powertrain, the Clarity cabin is made with environmentally conscious interior material and fabricated in an earth-friendly way. The driver’s seat has 8-way power with 2 memory settings. The Honda satellite-linked navigation system features lane guidance, 3D graphics and more. The exterior boast unique full LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels and available decklid spoiler.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid has a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 250 volts.
The Honda Sensing suite of active safety features is standard on all Clarity modes. Honda Sensing includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, lane-departure warning and collision mitigation braking. A rearview camera is also standard, and backup sensors are an available option.