The Fuel-Efficient 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
When drivers are exploring Glendora, El Monte, and La Puente, they often want to focus more on checking out the local hotspots and less on stopping to refuel. One vehicle that’d help you do this is the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, but would it satisfy your driving needs?
To help answer that question, our team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina has created this 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In review. Below, we’ll give you a detailed look at this vehicle, so that you can make an informed decision about how it might mesh with your driving style. Read all about it and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Plug-in Hybrid Characteristics
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offers the benefits of both an electric car and a hybrid. It uses a high-capacity battery for longer all-electric driving and will then use a gas-powered engine when the electricity runs low.
In just 2.5 hours, you can have your car fully charged, which can be done at home or at any applicable charging station. Then, enjoy driving for as long as possible, as the car offers a 47-mile all-electric range rating. You can also go on a nice road trip, as you’ll get a 110-mile combined MPGe range rating, along with a 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating.*
You can even recharge while driving, as HV Mode will use the gas engine and one of the electric motors to help recharge the battery. Regenerative brakes will also recharge the battery every time the accelerator is lifted and the brakes are applied.
The Honda Clarity Plug-In comes with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 103 horsepower and 99 lb-ft of torque. But when paired with an AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor, the engine will deliver 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.
You can tailor your driving experience through one of four dynamic drive modes: Normal, ECON, Sport, and the previously mentioned HV. These will allow you to optimize efficiency, power, and handling. Plus, you can use the deceleration paddle selectors behind the steering wheel to determine how much the hybrid battery will charge during regenerative braking.
The 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers many high-tech features to help keep you connected, entertained, and safe. It comes standard with an advanced infotainment system that has an 8-inch display audio high-resolution touchscreen and an 8-speaker sound system. You also get Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. With these features, simply plug your compatible smartphone into the car’s USB drive, and your music playlists, podcasts, and more will appear on the 8-inch display screen.
Your On-the-Road Co-Pilot
This vehicle also comes standard with Honda Sensing®, a suite of driver-assisting technologies to help keep you more aware on the road. One such feature in this suite is a Collision Mitigation Braking System™. It can help apply the brakes if it detects an unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you.
Other Honda Sensing® additions include:
Road Departure Mitigation System – Using a small camera to detect road markers, this will alert you when you start to veer from your space, allowing you to quickly get back on track.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – Simply set your speed and this system helps you maintain it while keeping a safe distance from the cars ahead of you.
Lane Keeping System – If you start to stray from your lane without signaling, this feature will adjust your steering to bring you right back to center.
Additionally, the Clarity comes standard with Honda LaneWatch™. With this feature, live video of the passenger-side roadway will appear on the display screen. This gives you four times more coverage than the passenger-side mirror alone.
The Innovative HondaLink® App
The Honda Clarity wants to make sure you’re connected with your vehicle, even when you’re not driving. With the HondaLink® App, you can customize your experience with handy notifications, reminders, and much more. See what some of the available smart features include below:
- Digital Owner’s Manual
- Parking Reminders
- Service Appointment Scheduling Tool
- Recall Notifications
- Roadside Assistance
- Battery Level Notifications
- Remote Climate Control
- Charge Station Search Tool
- Plug-In Reminders
- Navigation System Integration
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Accessories
One of the most exciting aspects of buying a new car is personalizing it to suit your style and personality. Honda makes this easy by offering a plethora of available accessories for your interior and exterior. Which ones will you choose?
|All-Season Floor Mats||Body Side Molding|
|Cargo Net||18’’ Alloy Wheels|
|Illuminated Door Sill Trim||Chrome Door Trim|
Hybrid Tax Credit & Carpool Eligibility
One of the coolest things about owning the Honda Clarity is the eligible tax credit up to $7,500! Because you are lowering your carbon footprint, the IRS has decided to reward you by offering this tax credit for new Clarity Plug-In owners.
Also, this vehicle is qualified to receive the Red HOV Sticker (High Occupancy Vehicle) through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Because the Clarity meets specified emissions, you can now use the carpool lane even if you’re driving by yourself, allowing you to get to your destination faster and smarter.
Test Drive the 2018 Clarity Plug-In
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is indeed an impressive vehicle, as it gives you a way to enjoy drives around Glendora, El Monte, and La Puente for longer. But to help determine if it’s right for you, you’ll need to check it out in person.
If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the Clarity, then schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore West Covina today!
*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline-only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating, 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. 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.