What’s It Like To Own A Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid For 8 Months?


As the Chevrolet Volt nears its departure, we’re getting an influx of Honda Clarity PHEV content.

Honda has seemingly ramped up its Clarity Plug-In Hybrid marketing as of late. In addition, the car has sold well over the last eight months. In fact, the last two months have proven outstanding as far as deliveries are concerned. This is likely because the Clarity PHEV is the only real Chevrolet Volt rival with a solid all-electric range estimate. Not to mention the fact that Honda is a highly respected automaker. So, what does Brad on Cars think of his 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid after eight months and ~15,000 km?

Overall, reviews about the Clarity PHEV have been primarily positive. However, we’ve noted that many people are not so fond of the car’s facade. Still, it offers enough electric range to handle most people’s daily needs, it comes packed with standard active safety features, and it has a respectable amount of passenger and cargo volume.

Now, we just need Honda to release a refreshed Clarity with sporty good looks. In a perfect world, we’d love to see Honda come forth with a truly competitive Clarity BEV that’s available for purchase nationwide. Sadly, the current offering is only leasing in select areas and provides a meager 89 miles of range, which is far from acceptable today.

Check out the video to learn about Brad’s takeaways. Then, leave us your insight in the comment section below or on our Forum.

Video Description via Brad on Cars on YouTube:

DIY Car Review – 2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid 8 month review

Hey everyone!

I noticed my other Clarity videos were gaining some views, so I thought I would share a bit of what ownership is like with one of these.

As I state in the video, I am just shy of 15 000km on the car after about 8 months of ownership (I bought it new). I talk about the car itself, what I use the car for, and (most-importantly) how efficient it is! Have a look!

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28 Comments on "What’s It Like To Own A Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid For 8 Months?"

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The only real big part of the styling that bothers me is the rear wheel skirts. I really question how much efficiency they add.

The Clarity has garish styling IMHO (what is up with putting a badge on the charge port?) although its a great plug-in.

It’s the Honda Edsel, to limit sales.
And I don’t typically complain too much about car looks, I drive a BMW i3, but gosh.
What were they thinking? That that this cars hybrid system would become too popular and they’d sell more than needed for CARB credits?
That’s the only logical explanation.

I’d recommend they fire the designer.

It takes skill to make the front look like a : baleen whale.

I agree. Two design flaws are the wheel skirts and the badge — easily fixed, but they stick out like three sore thumbs. It must be to limit sales (not kidding).

Beyond that, … I think it’s a great car.

This guy is on a typical driving pattern, about 14,000 mi/year. Maybe 2,500 or so on gas,.. about 60 gallons/year total.

Running only 2,500 miles/yr — the gas engine is going to last forever. … and even if this car needs a 17 kwh battery replacement at the 10 – 12 year point. , ,,, it’s probably going to make financial sense to do so and run the car for another 10 – 12 years. And then maybe another time after that.

/watch and see .. when Honda is truly ready to ramp up production, the wheel skirts and obnoxious badge will disappear.
// today’s roadways are filled with F150s and Honda cars, ..wouldn’t surprise me if tomorrow’s roadways are filled with PHEV F150s and PHEV Honda cars.

But the Clarity is the most beautiful car that can do everything I want.

But the Clarity is the car that can do everything I want because I will make the clarity’s front end look like THE GRINCH!

But the Clarity is the most beautiful car that can do everything I want. And as Trump said, I am here to protect ALL workers!

It’s a no-go for me. Can’t buy a car without a hatch, period.

it is a go-go for me. I can buy a car that can do EVERYTHING I WANT! PERIOD!

Agreed! Too old to bend down into trunk to grope for things!

But I disagree because I do not care!

I like the size. the exterior looks could be a little better. What turns me off is that they have no battery capacity warranty. They only offer a warranty for failures. I have already been burned by Honda and thought that their response to hybrid battery issues was poor (they did not consider a battery with 16% remaining capacity as failed). I did find someone on-line who had their Clarity battery replaced due to an accident. I recall that the cost was about $6100.00 for the battery plus about 15 hours of labor.

Good to hear, I guess there’s really only Tesla that’s serious.

I created a page on WordPress (evbww) that concerns battery capacity warranty. It can be very difficult to find this kind of information. Several manufacturers do have capacity warranties (e.g., BMW, GM, Nissan). Many do not.

But I do not care.

He looks much to large for that car.

But I still do not care.

At least Honda decided to not price themselves out of the market like their last one…

It’s hideous. Why didn’t they make the civic as a phev instead? The civic is good looking.

Or, the “Accord Plugin”.


Build a Ridgeline or crossover PHEV and I’m sold!


Put that power train into the Pilot and CRV and add a 3rd motor for the rear for an AWD, and it will sell like hot cakes!!!

I will go and buy one for $45K (without a dime of incentives) right now if it is offered in the Pilot with 3row and AWD!!!!


If you buy that thing your license plate frame needs to say “My other car was an Aztec” then people will understand your taste.

But if I will buy that thing, my license plate needs to say “U ARE A GRINCH”!

Could also say, I care more about functionality than vanity.