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Honda Clarity Sedan (2016-2021)

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Product Overview

Honda Clarity is a "new-energy" mid-size sedan in production from 2016 to 2021. Unlike other cars on the road today, the Clarity was offered as a hydrogen fuel cell EV, battery EV, and plug-in hybrid.
As such, the Clarity is hardly an attempt at producing a volume seller. Instead, Honda tested with it three new drivetrains that have varying degrees of promise in the coming years.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Distinct styling
  • Fuel cell
Cons
  • Not meant for volume production
  • Lack of fuel cell infrastructure

What external reviewers found***

Ext 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good range per charge
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
  • Competitively priced
  • Plump curb weight
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • No volume knob
  • LaneWatch doesn't work on the passenger side of the car
  • Droning engine
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Specifications

Fuel CellPlug-in HybridElectric

Capacity

Cargo Capacity334 L / 11.8 cu-ft439 L / 15.5 cu-ft405 L / 14.3 cu-ft
Fuel Capacity26.0 L / 6.9 gal
Passengers5

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs, 312.42 mmVentilated discsVentilated discs
Brakes | RearDisc, 309.88 mmDiscDisc
Power SteeringElectric Steering
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire Size235/45 R18
Turning Circle11.7 m / 38.4 ft

Construction

Battery | Capacity17.0 kWh (gross)17.0 kWh (gross)25.5 kWh (gross)
Body Style4-door hydrogen fuel cell Sedan4-door plug-in hybrid Sedan4-door battery-electric Sedan

Dimensions

Size | Height1478 mm / 58.2 in
Size | Length4895 mm / 192.7 in
Size | Width1877 mm / 73.9 in
Track Width | Front1580.0 mm / 62.2 in
Track Width | Rear1587.0 mm / 62.5 in
Weight1875.0 kg / 4133.7 lbs1838.0 kg / 4052.1 lbs1825.0 kg / 4023.4 lbs
Wheel Size8J x 18
Wheelbase2751 mm / 108.3 in

Performance

Fuel Economy5.6 L/100km / 42.0 MPG (combined) | 5.3 L/100km / 44.4 MPG (urban) | 5.9 L/100km / 39.9 MPG (highway)

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-wheel driveFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel driveFront-wheel drive
Engine | Bore73.0 mm / 2.9 in
Engine | Compression Ratio13.5:1
Engine | Displacement1.5 L / 91.4 cu-in / 1498.0 cc
Engine | Power174 hp / 129.8 kW @ 4501-9028 rpm103.0 hp / 76.8 kW @ 5500 rpm + 181.0 hp / 135.0 kW @ 5000-6000 rpm (electric motor)163 hp / 121.5 kW @ 4000-9500 rpm
Engine | Specific Output68.8 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke89.5 mm / 3.5 in
Engine | Torque134 Nm / 98.8 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm + 315 Nm / 232.3 lb-ft @ 0-2000 rpm
Engine | Typehydrogen enginemulti-port injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears1-speed
Transmission | TypeAutomatic SBWAutomaticAutomatic SBW

Production

Availability2017 ~ 202120172016 ~ 2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is one of the longest-range PHEVs on the road today for the money. It delivers nearly 50 miles of range per charge at a price competitive with smaller plug-in sedans. As tested at $37,530, I'm not sure it's worth the extra dough to spring for the leather-trimmed Touring model.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Competitively priced
  • Good range per charge
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • LaneWatch doesn't work on the passenger side of the car
  • Limited cargo space

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 45%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The EPA rates the 2019 Clarity Plug-In at 110 mpg-e, a measurement that estimates the efficiency of the vehicle. It cruises serenely and quietly, at least until its gas engine is awoken for highway passing. The seats are comfortable and outward visibility is decent thanks in part to an extra rear window.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Plump curb weight
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Droning engine
  • No volume knob

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid review: Worth a second look. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2019-honda-clarity-review/. 2019-12-30. Retrieved 2022-07-11.
2. ^ 2019 Honda Clarity review: Not the hybrid you’re looking for. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/car-reviews/2019-honda-clarity-review/. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2022-07-11.

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