2018 Honda Clarity
Honda is introducing its first plug-in hybrid with the environmentally conscious 2018 Honda Clarity. What is a plug-in hybrid? The use of plug-in technology combined with Honda’s hybrid system creates a vehicle that can be driven as an electric vehicle with its class-leading 47 mile range, then continue on as a standard hybrid gas/electric vehicle for longer trips or when electric charging is not readily available.
What are the advantages of the Honda Clarity over other hybrid vehicles or standard gasoline-driven vehicles?
- Less stops at the pump; local trips can be taken in electric mode with up to 47 miles range before the electric battery is depleted. The gas/electric combination offers a net 103 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque.
- Charge it up anywhere; there are thousands of charging stations around the US that can top-up the battery on the Clarity for a nominal charge. You can also charge it at home with a 120V plug or even faster using 240V.
- The Clarity has room for five adults, which some hybrids do not.
- While available, Clarity may qualify for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits for electric and hybrid vehicles. Additional incentives and tax credits may be available at the state level.
But there’s a lot more to Clarity than being a plug-in hybrid. It’s stylish, eco-friendly, and offers a load of technology features to keep everyone happy. The exterior of the Clarity utilizes a beautiful streamlined design which not only pleases the eye but controls airflow over and around the vehicle for efficiency. Clarity uses a long wheelbase for a smoother ride and a more spacious cabin. Full LED headlights and daytime running lights, as well as LED taillights, provide excellent visibility and a distinctive look. Honda even laser welds the roof to provide extra rigidity and strength to the frame and body. The hybrid system is connected to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode and paddle selectors for deceleration.
The cabin of the 2018 Clarity is fitted with lots of leather-trimmed accents, plant-based biofabrics, and ultrasuede created from recycled materials. Luxurious and roomy seating for five separates Clarity from many other electric-drive vehicles. Perforated leather seating provides a comfortable ride. The driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable with two memory settings. The interior climate is optimized from a dual-zone automatic climate control system, heated front seats, and pre-conditioning available through the HondaLink® app. Satellite navigation and other upgrades are available in the Touring model trim.
Technology is everywhere in the 2018 Clarity. One of the key active safety features is standard Honda Sensing®, a suite of features including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, and road departure mitigation. Other features include Honda LaneWatch™, vehicle stability with traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, a multi-angle rearview camera, and tire pressure monitoring.
If you are ready for a smart new 5-passenger sedan with plug-in hybrid technology, come to Bay Ridge Honda and choose your 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in model and color of choice. Then go out and enjoy your driving adventures with far fewer stops at the gas pumps!
*Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.