2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Review, Performance

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid is a revival of the Clarity badge. Initially, Clarity was a fuel cell powered car from the Japanese car manufacturer and was only available in select places including California. In classical Japanese efficiency both the electric and the plug-in version come with the same build. On the same drive train batteries, electric motors and engines are fitted ensuring a standard look. The Clarity vehicles are coming at a time when competition in the eco-friendly car sector is heated; it has to contend with the likes of Chevrolet Volt. Is it worth buying it?

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid front

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid – Design


The exterior is completely revamped and has a futuristic look with little retrogressive additions. The front grill has a large air intake for increased aerodynamics. Additionally, from the word go you know it is a Honda due to the large Honda sign just above the grill. Full LED lights are well positioned and offer a long range of lighting. Fog lights on the front are placed within the bumper. Furthermore, the hood comes in a smooth continuous design with the windshield naturally fitting in place. The extended length of the car up to five meters provides sufficient room for cargo and seven passengers.

In addition to that, the rear is uniquely designed; the back wheel is covered by a fender giving it a good old fashion look. The tail lights are LED and give the car a unique look on the road.
It also comes with 18-inch wheels and tires specifically designed with efficiency in mind. It ensures brake overheating hence fading is avoided.


Electric cars are synonymous with a complex interior, not the Clarity. Simplicity is the running theme here a ten-inch touch-screen and a climate control button below it is the only significant things on the dashboard.

Just beneath the back passenger’s seats are banks of batteries that demarcate the car into two. The transmission is a shift by wire hence no need for a traditional gear stick, this further simplifying the interior.

Additionally, in the spirit of going green, the interior materials are environmentally friendly. Instead of plastics standard are wood paneling and leather covered seats. Overall the interior feels first class and luxurious.

Besides, the seats suit all kinds of drivers; they are 8-way power seats meaning position can be easily adjusted for a better ride experience. The navigation in the car is linked with satellite communication hence adding safety features such as lane departure warning.

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid interior

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid – Engine Performance

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid comes with an electric motor with 221 lb-ft of torque and 161 hp. The battery pack has a charge capacity of 25.5 kWh and this offers a driving range of up to 80 miles after a full charge. It has a fast charge feature and only takes thirty minutes to fill the battery bank to eighty percent. Its overall fuel economy is 111 miles per gallon.

The Hybrid version of the car has a 17 kWh battery set and an electric motor with 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The engine it comes with is a 1.5-liter Atkinson with four inline cylinders. It covers a distance of 42 miles on an electric charge and when the engine joins in 330 miles. Fuel consumption is slightly lower at 106 miles per gallon.

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid rear

2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid – Release Date and Price

The release date for the eco-friendly Honda series is set to be late 2017 and latest early 2018. The base price is expected to be around 40,000 dollars.

The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid is set to add more competition to the electric segments of cars. Its practicality as a family sedan with amazing fuel economy and enough space for seven gives it an edge. The hydrogen cell version is however limited to areas with charging point and the electric car with a range of only 80 miles is behind its competitors. The slight mishaps aside it is a car worth buying.

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