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:

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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:

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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