New 2019 Honda Clarity Plug‑in Hybrid Sedan
Honda Clarity Plug‑in Hybrid Sedan
In the world of green vehicles, the 2019 Honda Clarity offers a trio of options, including a plug-in hybrid, EV and hydrogen fuel cell.
2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Pricing
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2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Honda Clarity is actually three cars all bearing the same name. If that sounds impossible, let us clarify the Clarity’s mission. While all Clarity sedans look pretty much the same inside and out, it’s what powers them that makes the difference. Buyers can opt for a plug-in hybrid, a pure electric or a fuel-cell engine powered by hydrogen.
The plug-in model is available for sale, but unlike the Chevy Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq or Tesla Model 3, the electric and fuel-cell models are offered only through a lease deal limited to two states -- California and Oregon. The fuel-cell Clarity is leased only in certain regions of California. Still, even with those limitations, the Clarity was good enough to beat the competition last year, earning a KBB Best Buy Award for electric and hybrid vehicles.
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If you’re looking for a plug-in hybrid that is roomy, efficient, reliable and loaded with tech, but don’t want to shell out Tesla-level cash, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is the way to go. For those lucky enough to live in a state where they are sold, the electric and fuel-cell versions make for an even greener statement.
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The Clarity isn’t the most striking sedan on the market, especially considering it comes from the same company that gives us the stunning Accord Hybrid. If you’re looking at the Clarity EV, its 89-mile range pales when compared with the Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq or the 238-mile-range Chevrolet Bolt.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the entire Honda Clarity line of cars carries over with no changes of note.
While the 2019 Honda Clarity possesses a trio of complicated propulsion systems, the vehicle itself couldn’t be easier to drive. The experience for all three is a seamless one, regardless if the power source is electricity, gas and electricity, or hydrogen. In fact, the experience behind the wheel is very much the same as when piloting the larger Honda Accord, only without the sound of a gasoline engine humming away under the hood.
In the Clarity EV and Clarity Fuel Cell, the experience is serene, with only the sounds of the tires and outside air rushing past to alert occupants the car is in motion. In the plug-in model, the electric motor can carry the Clarity about 47 miles before the 1.5-liter gasoline engine kicks on to power the electric motors or the wheels themselves.
As for performance, none of the Clarity models has the sizzling speed for which Tesla electric cars are known, but they are far from slow. Acceleration and passing power are on par with most 4-cylinder midsize sedans, cornering is well mannered without too much lean, and the steering feel is precise with no signs of excessive play or over-assist.
With Honda’s Clarity Plug-in Hybrid for 2019, you get the best attributes of a short-range electric car and a long-range gas-powered sedan. After a few hours charging, the Clarity can be driven up to 47 miles solely on electric. For longer trips, the gas engine kicks on just like in a regular car for total range of 340 miles.
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES
As with most Honda cars, the Honda Sensing roster of driver assists and safety systems comes standard on the 2019 Clarity. The suite includes forward emergency braking, lane-departure warning and assist and adaptive cruise control.
One big trait that sets the Honda Clarity apart from rivals like the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in and Toyota Mirai fuel cell is seat count: All Clarity models have room for five passengers instead of the four in those rivals. We don’t suggest long trips with three passengers in back, but it’s possible when needed.
The rest of the Clarity’s cabin is also quite practical yet futuristic, with excellent fit and finish. Instead of a traditional gear lever, there are buttons for Drive, Reverse, Neutral, etc., running in a spine down the center. Above is an 8-inch touch-screen display and infotainment system that is CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The Clarity Plug-in and Clarity all-electric have sizable, 14.3-cubic-foot trunks, but the fuel-cell model’s is more limited at 11.8 cubic feet to accommodate the hydrogen tank housing.
The 2019 Honda Clarity lineup of green vehicles definitely has a futuristic element going for it. This sleek 4-door sedan is a bevy of angles, curves and unique aesthetics, some of which work better than others. We like the sloped roof that almost appears to float, while the rear reminds of the sleek, latest-gen Civic. Up front, it's hard to miss the massive boomerang-shaped light treatments. While it may bring better aerodynamics, we aren't fans of the body panels that drip beyond the top of the rear wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the most widely available model in the lineup by far, comes in two main trims: standard and Touring. Even the standard trim brings a strong stable of features that includes an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and LaneWatch, which provides real-time video of the right-side blind spot.
Like more and more new Honda cars, the Clarity comes with Honda Sensing, a commendable suite of safety and driver-assistance features. It bundles lane-departure warning and lane-keeping systems, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The limited Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric are mono-spec models that are also well-equipped with these features and more, including navigation and a power driver’s seat.
Notable Optional Equipment
Stepping up to the Honda Clarity Plug-in Touring model adds navigation, power front seats (with 2-position memory for the driver’s seat), leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, and Ultrasuede interior. From there, options are mostly limited to dealer accessories.
Under the Hood
Though all electrified, each 2019 Honda Clarity sedan is powered in its own way. The Plug-in Hybrid model uses the combination of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a battery-fed electric motor. The pair works seamlessly and intuitively. And while there are selectable drive modes -- Normal, Econ, Sport and HV to maintain the battery’s state of charge -- we think the simplest way to operate is just get in and drive.
With a full charge and tank full of gasoline, the Clarity Plug-in has a range of 340 miles. The Clarity Electric is powered solely by an electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in roughly three hours on a 240-volt line. Its range is rated at only 89 miles. The Clarity Fuel Cell uses hydrogen gas, and through a chemical reaction creates electricity on demand. It's a futuristic application, but ultimately feels familiar. Similar to filling a car with gasoline, you use a nozzle, fill the tank in three to five minutes, then go on your way. It also benefits from a longer range -- up to 366 miles.
Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
1.5-liter 4-cylinder + electric motor
Total horsepower: 212 horsepower
Total torque: 331 lb-ft
EPA city/highway/combined: 42 mpg, 110 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent, electric only)
120-kilowatt electric motor
221 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway mpg equivalent: 126/103 MPGe, 114 MPGe combined
Range on a full charge: 89-miles
Clarity Fuel Cell
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell/AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous electric motor
174 horsepower @ 4,501-9,028 rpm
221 lb-ft of torque @ 0-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway mpg equivalent: 69/67 mpg
The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $34,320 for the standard model and $37,520 for the Touring trim. The Clarity Plug-in is eligible for a $7,500 federal income-tax credit, plus other local and state incentives.
The Honda Clarity Electric is available in California and Oregon for lease only. The terms are $199 a month (plus tax) for three years with $1,799 plus first month’s lease due at signing. The mileage is capped at 20,000 a year. Lessees of this zero-emissions Honda also qualify for a $2,500 state rebate. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is only available in select regions of California, and is for lease only. For those who qualify, it's a sweet deal. The terms are a 3-year lease at $369 per month (plus tax), with $2,499 down plus the first month's payment. Included is $15,000 worth of fuel over the 3-year period, and the car is also eligible for a $5,000 rebate via the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price for the latest in pricing information. As the Clarity lineup is relatively new, and the Plug-in is the only one you can buy, our number crunchers predict the Clarity will hold average values, below that of the Toyota Prius Prime, on par with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid but better than the Ford Fusion Energi.
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Consumer Reviews
March 08, 2019
Eco-friendly near-luxury reliable sedan
In my first 5000 miles of ownership, I've been getting over 200 miles per gallon of gasoline used due to the ability to add nearly 50...
December 29, 2018
Best value and smooth ride
You cannot find a better deal on a new car with federal tax incentives. I was skeptical to buy at first, but as soon as I drove it I was...
November 25, 2018
fantastic economy and comfort
average mpg for me exceeds 130 mpg.
November 19, 2018
The best car I owned so far
After several research, test drives and wait...my decision made for Honda clarity. I have everyday commute for 100 miles. So charge from...
October 20, 2018
Couldn't be happier
I had a 2013 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid before I bought the Clarity. The Fusion had a range of less than 20 miles on the charge. I am...
June 12, 2018
Practical EV with smooth and comfortable ride
Real-world EV range of Clarity is the first question to me. Because it is too new, there is little information available on the...
May 28, 2018
drive all electric around town
I have only had the Clarity for 2 weeks, but am very happy with my purchase so far. I have been tooling around DFW, not driving over 50...
Andy in Seattle area
March 30, 2018
So fun, economical without compromises...
We are enjoying the Honda Clarity and have owned it for two months. So far we are at 1250 miles and still have over half the original...
March 29, 2018
A wonderful big car thats a hybrid
We own a Prius and now the Clarity. Clarity is a great, great car......much nicer and better equipped than our Prius........love it........
February 21, 2018
2018 Best Roomy, Quiet, Luxury PHEV
Love this car. Nice , Quiet and Comfortable with good seat and leg room at Back. Love the look of the car. Best are the de-accelerate /...
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