The 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid models are very similar, but between EV and PHEV we would always pick the second one. It’s quite simple because the Clarity Electric isn’t the vehicle we would recommend our friends or families for many reasons.
2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid: Performance
The sedan uses an AC electric motor capable of producing up to 161 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. A 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is mounted under the floor and behind the rear seats, so it doesn’t affect interior space at all. The Japanese car manufacturer claims the model achieves 111-MPGe combined rating, but it’s capable to cross just 89 miles, which is the biggest issue of the sedan. Even though around 80 percent can be charged for about 30 minutes via standard fast charging CCS device, we highly doubt that anyone wants to lose a half of hour on every 80 or 90 miles.
On the other hand, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid brings significantly better technology on the table. The handsome vehicle is paired with an electric-gasoline system that delivers 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of twist. The heart of the powertrain is a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline inline-four, which currently uses the Fit. The engine is mated to an electric motor, which draws power from a smaller 17-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric only range is estimated to be around 42 miles, while the sedan should cross around 330 miles with a full tank and battery. Honda’s estimated combined rating is around 105 MPGe.
Features and Convenience
Aside they look pretty much the same, the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid share same features. Both sedans sport standard with 18-inch wheels and LED headlights, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Honda Sensing safety system includes lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, collision alert. Guess what? The system will be standard for both models. The plug-in hybrid Clarity offers a topping Touring trim which isn’t a part of the EV lineup.
Price and Release
The Japanese producer has not announced any pricing information. However, we are pretty sure that the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid sedans won’t have close prices at all. Moreover, the Clarity Electric will have to be very cheap sedan if they want to sell any vehicle. As for the plug-in hybrid, we think it’s going to cost at least $40,000. Anyway, the attractive sedans will become available very soon. Honda will likely introduce both models before the end of the year.