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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid


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Overall Rating:
4.7 (out of 5)
Value 4.6
Exterior 4.4
Interior 4.8
Comfort 4.9
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.7
Great Plug-In, Comes As Advertised

by JohnnyFiveAlive from Littleton, MA | September 01, 2019

The plug-in hybrid is a great car for a 45-50 mile round trip commute. I have a free plug at work, which makes it a great deal and means that I can run errands, etc. without using gasoline. The car runs fantastic and delivers on the mileage. The only problem is getting in early enough to take a plug-in spot away from the Teslas. Given the tax credit and availability to use gasoline too to extend the range at a good MPG this can work for an active family. If you work it right you can only need to fill up less than once per month.

So glad I bought it.

by Lerickson from Lincolnwood, IL | July 20, 2019

Incredible machine; usually travels on electric miles. Charge up overnight, go 40-50 miles in the morning. Gas engine there if you need more range, and it can even recharge the battery while it's taking you places. Good job, Honda!

Love the car, but there are problems...

by Old Traveler from Fort Worth, Texas | July 15, 2019

I bought my 2018 Clarity last December. There is much about it that I love, but there are also some things I really don't care for at all. Let's begin the problem areas with that small rear window in the trunk. Some folks think it is great, but unless you enjoy watching the road immediately behind you, it is most useful for enabling a car burglar to spot things which you thought were concealed in your trunk. I had a reasonably priced high voltage charging station installed in my garage, & it is great to just pull in and plug in. A charge is good for close to 50-miles of driving, or more. I've filled my itsy-bitsy gas tank up twice since last December, and the electric charge is more than adequate for most around-town driving. There is, however, one annoying quirk: If you let your battery get down to 0-charge, the engine will not recharge it, and you will have to plug it in. The cruise control has an aggravating--even dangerous--trait that I have not seen in any other car: In electric mode--or especially in electric mode--when you click it on, it will allow your speed to drop 2 to 5 mph before gradually coming back to about the speed you set it for. But even then, it does not do a good job of maintaining speed. Honda has told me that it is a trait of the EV, and as of now they have no fix. I turned off the Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Mitigation systems shortly after I began driving the car. I don't remember which it was, but sometimes when going around a highway curve, the steering wheel would begin jerking back-and-forth, even if you were nowhere near a lane marking. To me, that is dangerous and distracting. Much better for the driver to just keep alert. There is no rear window wiper (I thought all cars had those now). There is no spare tire, & their little pump & sealant thingy is a sure-fire guarantee to get you stranded somewhere waiting for a flatbed to haul you to a repair facility, or if it works, to goo up your tire making it difficult to repair. So, I bought a spare, & with the 18" wheels on the car, & no Honda donut available, it takes up a lot of room in the trunk. So, the car is comfortable, has plenty of zip (for me), has a well-appointed interior, qualified for a total of $10,000 in rebates in Texas, the electronics seem to work reasonably well (although I'm still learning), and it is reasonably environmentally friendly. We're planning our first lengthy road trip, so will have to see just how we deal with the 7-gallon fuel tank. Hope this is a help to you.

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Overview

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is an all-new version of the midsize Clarity sedan. It is powered by a combined 212-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to an electronically-controller continuous variable transmission. The 17-kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in as little as 2.5 hours from a 240-volt source. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a combined gas/electric driving range of 340 miles.