Honda Clarity Electric EPA Range Ratings In Detail – Less Than 80 Miles Highway


Sales of the Honda Clarity Electric really picked up in the last two months of 2017, but with its dismal highway range rating, we can’t recommend it.

EPA ratings for the Clarity Electric have been available for awhile now, but we’ve just come across the breakdowns for city/highway/combined.

The figure you’ll see on the window sticker is 89. That’s the vehicle’s combined electric range rating. It fares significantly better in city driving where it’s rated at 96.7 miles of electric range. But out on the open highway, its 78.9-mile rating really disappoints. EPA range breakdown below:

As for the MPGe figure, again the Clarity Electric shines in the city with a rating of 126 MPGe, but falls short on the highway at only 103 MPGe:

The Honda Clarity Electric is offered as a lease-only vehicle and only in two states: California and Oregon. Its attractive lease rate of just $269 per month is surely what’s been driving sales.

Here’s a look at that lease deal, along with some additional compliance-level-only Clarity Electric specs:

  • $269 per month for 36 months
  • $1,999 down payment (first month of lease payment included)
  • 20,000 miles per year
  • 25.5 kWh lithium battery
  • 120 kW (161-horsepower) electric motor

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Here’s your pure compliance car you are looking for, JyChevyVolt

Clarity EV is a joke compliance car; Clarity PHEV clearly isn’t.

Honestly if this whole comment section becomes a pissing match between fanboys of different OEMs, InsideEVs should just turn off comments.

I am so tired of the people who read every piece of news about Tesla in bad faith (both anti- and pro-Tesla), the people fighting about which OEMs are secretly trying to tank EVs, and of course “dual-wave glass”.

But! The comments often contain useful information, interesting context, and interaction with the site authors, so I would be sad to see that happen.

Are you really President Tweet? Because you seem very wishy washy.

You can’t mention dual-wave glass without mentioning the magic vapor injected heat pump! Come on!

Bro, I already leased it 2 months ago.

The article has too many errors or missing important details.

And you you will never correct them. Thank you for nothing.

Yes, it is a pure compliance play instead of the hybrid compliance, faux leadership, green we care play.

Nah, there is still the green “we care” play in the whole Clarity program.

At least it’s safe to say the the BEV won’t be cannibalizing any sales of the PHEV…

Man, this is pathetic, they must have a newer battery in the works.

This is lease only for like $199 a month with a 20,000 mile per year cap and not that much due at signing. That is insanely cheap, and surely less than I will pay in 3 years for depreciation on my Clarity PHEV I purchased.

So, ONLY finance can make it attractive. Interesting.

Maybe you’re forgetting what’s also attractive — for ALL BEVs — the $7,500 tax credit and numerous state cash back offer incentives.

You say it like the default drive system isn’t sloshing in subsidies.

IMO, the biggest disappointment is that it, like all preceeding Honda BEV’s, is lease only. It’s not for sale.

Thank baby jesus for TESLA
Wake up people ICE manufacturers don’t want to sell EVs.

These stats are basically the same as a first generation Leaf. Don’t get me wrong I love my 2014 Leaf. But I picked it up for less than $7k last year with 36k miles…

Drive a Clarity, it is a well equipped car and very high quality fitting of a more expensive car. I haven’t driven a leaf, but the one I sat in felt a little more econo box.

Given the lease prices on this they will surely sell all they make. No denying it is purely a compliance car, made to get more credits. My guess because the fuel cell won’t sell as many as hoped.

The PHEV is actually a great car though, half the range as the full EV but no range limit due to extender.

I still struggle to understand the mismatch between the two versions. Could they not have found some more room for batteries in the EV? Give up sons trunk space ffs. How can the smaller e-Golf find room for 125 miles, yet the Clarity can’t even reach 100?

The efficiency ratings are very good (city) to acceptable- (hwy) but the car clearly wasn’t given a big enough battery.

I would be hard pressed to consider the Clarity BEV when I can get half the range, plus range extension in the PHEV. Half the range is still enough to meet the majority of my driving needs, without having to worry about running out.

Yet another half-hearted EV attempt by a manufacturer acting like they’re a Golden Retriever being dragged to a bath..

Golden Retrievers love baths, next time try a Corgi…….

Oh and by the way, there’s 2 Chevy Bolts with less than 10k miles on Autotrader for $22,995 on this very day. (Psst- the Bolt’s range is 240+ miles…)

Ahhh. They are LTs without the DCQC option.

Still, pretty okay price.

No FC, No sale.

Was wondering if you can install dcfc if dont have it


Yeah no dcfc but can you have the dealer install the option?

Which is worst? The range or the rear wheel skirts??

This is strange. I’ve been driving my clarity electric to work for over a month and have no problem getting between 100 and 110 miles range. Morning commute is highway speed and evening is bumper to bumper. Very happy with it so far. Btw, the lease terms are $199/mo and $700 down, not what is in the article. There are two clean air vehicles rebates for me, totalling $2,950, which help lower the cost of leasing an ev.

So, you’re in California, and it’s 72 degrees?

Funny, how people still forget that ambient temperature matters, eh?

Us in CA never experience really cold temperatures, it’s part of why EVs work well for us. So it’s not really so much forget–you have to experience something at least once before in order to *forget* it.

You should have asked them to pay you to drive the car

I have one and it’s a major upgrade from the Fit EV I had for 5 years. True, the range is not awesome, but it’s our secondary car and I have a short commute. The range is better than the Fit EV and having fast charging is a bonus.

I wasn’t ready to buy a Bolt when my Fit EV lease ended and financially the lease on this car worked out way better than buying a used Leaf with the incentives Fit EV drivers got. It’s a really nice near luxury class car for under $200 a month.

Counter-point: the Clarity is a larger sedan than its competitors and will use more energy.

InsideEVs Forum has a number of very satisfied Clarity owners who much prefer it to the Volt (and other vehicles), and we’re happy they made this plug-in choice, rather than go with a non-plug-in vehicle.

I Have plenty of rooftop solar, so why should I care if it’s not as efficient as a small ecobox, I want comfort & luxury while I drive, I want range and convince if I take a long trip, but want to avoid the gas pump on a day to day basis, and I want it for under $300 a month, hence I leased the Clarity PHEV.

Pricing in the article is out of date. Demand picked up considerably when they dropped in to $199/mo with $899 down (includes first months payment but not T&L)

The Ioniq only has 2.5 more kwh than the Clarity BEV. For $200 a month it’s a very good deal

Sheesh… couldn’t even do a 40kWh battery… but no…. a measly sub 100 miler in 2017… Nissan LEAF in 2011… shame from Honda… other than midsize claim… worthless.

Dear Honda,

Welcome to 2010!

Enjoy some new releases of popular music:

Anyone know if they plan on actually selling the car outright?

I don’t personally care for these “EV1” arrangements.

Very late on seeing this article, but I love my Clarity EV. Most of my friends do as well, often commenting on the nice interior (both in terms of quality and roominess). I actually test drove an Ioniq first and that was initially my first choice, by a long shot, but then I tried out a Clarity and the handling, smoothness, interior quality, road noise, price, etc far exceeded the Ioniq. Hyundai’s sole advantage is range, which only ever matters if you use it all in a day. If you’re driving more than 80 miles a day then, yeah, Clarity EV is not the car for you. For a daily driver used for work commutes and occasional trips to the grocery store, though, it is one of the best options available not named Tesla. Once, as I pulled out of a parking lot, a passerby said “What’s that?” I replied, “A Honda Clarity.” He then said with an impressed tone, “Man! It looks like Honda made a batmobile!” You won’t get comments like that about a Leaf.

I should also add that I occasionally do lyft rides with it and roughly 2/3 of passengers go out of their way to comment on how nice they think the car is. Some even express incredulity that it’s made by Honda.

Been driving the Clarity BEV since November 2017. It is an awesome car. At first, I was all about where is the next charging station, but soon realized that is not needed. If there is one where I am going, cool, if not cool too. You need a 240v at home for this and it doesn’t hurt to have one at work. Other than that, this car, for the money, is a no brainer if you have a 40 mile or less commute.

They’ll have to double that if they want to compete with today’s EVs… at minimum!