2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Honda has (finally) announced pricing on the upcoming Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, and its a fairly competitive offering, especially for its larger size class (midsize).

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Going on sale in the US on December 1st, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be available from $33,400 (plus tax, license, registration, $890 destination charge and options).

Of note:  the 2018 Chevrolet Volt starts from a near identical MSRP ($33,320) and while it offers a little more range (~6 miles more), it does so in a smaller package (officially a compact)

We should also note that unlike the Clarity Fuel Cell (which arrived late last year) and the Clarity Electric (which arrived in late July), the plug-in hybrid is available at Honda dealerships nationwide.

Because of its 17 kWh battery, the Clarity PHEV also qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, putting the effective base starting price from $26,790 (incl. dest. charge).

Honda Clarity PHEV: 47 miles of EPA range, from $26,790

There is also a Touring trim from $36,600 ($29,990 after deducting federal tax credit and dest. charge).

The EPA range for the Clarity PHEV stands for 47 miles (76 km), which is one of the best result among plug-in hybrids that accommodates 5 people.  Just check out the rear seat room (pictured below).

Lots of room in the back of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Lots of room in the back of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

The strong pricing brings up a couple questions:

  • Is the Chevrolet Volt and/or Ford Fusion Energi even competitive with this offering?  And,
  • Does it matter?  Despite saying all the positive things we want to hear, the jury is still out on how well Honda will actually supply and promote the Clarity PHEV
Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales said:

"The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid takes a big step forward in bringing Honda electrified vehicles into the mainstream with no compromise to performance, range or comfort. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid leads the pack with the highest all-electric range rating of any plug-in hybrid sedan and the most comprehensive standard equipment, spacious five-passenger cabin and a roomy trunk – all at an affordable price point."

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Here more details about the standard equipment of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid:

Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
Features Safety & Driver Assist Exterior Interior

  • Smart Start and Entry
  • TFT Gauge Cluster
  • 8-Speaker Audio
  • Dual-Zone Auto A/C
  • 8.0" Display Audio
  • Bluetooth®
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Pandora®
  • SMS texting capability
  • Sirius XM
  • HD™ Radio
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Steering-Wheel Audio Controls
  • Cruise Control
  • HomeLink®

  • Honda Sensing®
  • Honda LaneWatch™
  • Vehicle Stability Assist®
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver and front passenger front, side and knee airbags

  • 18" alloy wheels
  • LED auto on/off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Rain-sensing variable Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Security with Remote Keyless Access
  • Heated Side Mirrors

  • 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat
  • Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Hold
  • Rear A/C Vents
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Soft-touch Instrument and door panels
  • Floor Mats
  • Sunglasses Holder
  • All Windows Auto-Up/Down


Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring

  • Navigation with Charging Infrastructure Information
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Driver's Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment and 2-Position Memory
  • Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment
  • Perforated Leather- Trimmed Seats
  • Ultrasuede® Interior

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid earned the highest all-electric range rating among all plug-in hybrid sedans with its EPA range rating of 47 miles on a full charge.2 The model also received an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPGe, among the top of midsize plug-in hybrids, and a gasoline only 44/40/42 MPG rating (city/highway/combined).2

For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source. The Clarity Plug-in received an overall EPA driving range rating of 340 miles.2

The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of just 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in features Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain that has a total system output of 212 horsepower.3

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport – allowing drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode – HV mode – is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid joins the Clarity Electric, launched August 2017, and Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, to complete the Clarity series of vehicles, offering customers an array of electrified vehicle choices in a sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger midsize sedan. The Clarity series is at the forefront of Honda's initiative to bring electrified vehicle technology into the mainstream. The company has announced its intention for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030.

Honda Clarity Series

All-New Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Debuted At The NY Auto Show In April (Photo:<br />InsideEVs/Sebastion Blanco)

All-New Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Debuted At The NY Auto Show In April (Photo:
InsideEVs/Sebastion Blanco)

As the next progression of Honda's dynamic styling for electrified products, each Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps, non-compromised trunk space, Honda Sensing standard and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, each Clarity series vehicle has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.

Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, and the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.

With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, this shared "3-in-1" platform strategy is enabling Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and will take Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.

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