Does The 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Behave Like A Normal Car?

With hybrids and other electrified vehicles becoming increasingly more popular, automakers have found ways to make them stand out less, which is actually a good thing.

Not too long ago, driving a hybrid meant standing out in traffic. The Prius has always been shaped like an elongated MPV, and at one point, alternatives such as the first-generation Honda Insight didn’t exactly look awesome either.

We can say much of the same about the 2018 Honda Clarity too. It’s styling may be modern, but the overall shape remains a bit awkward, as if it’s trying to decide whether it’s a hatchback, a saloon or an MPV.

Once you move past the styling, the 2018 Clarity does look pretty interesting on paper. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 17 kWh battery back and an electric motor, combining for a total output of 158 kW (212 HP / 215 PS). It also features a combined fuel economy rating of 110 MPGe and a petrol-only rating of 44/40/42 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The best part is of course the fact that you can travel for up to 47 miles (75 km) on electricity alone, then recharge the car completely in about two and a half hours.

In the real world, the Clarity PHEV feels “perfectly normal,” according to Kelley Blue Book. It’s also practical, comfortable, safe, and it has an interesting-looking interior.

There are however quite a few solid alternatives to choose from, such as the Chevrolet Volt, the Toyota Prius Prime or the equivalent version of Hyundai’s Ioniq.

 

  • jon4uu

    But…it’s…so…ugly

    • D3X

      why doesn’t Honda just make an EV version of a normal car instead of this abomination of a car?

    • AND…YOU..ARE..A…BULLSHIT!!!!

  • SORRY NOT GONNA WATCH THIS CLOWN.

    • SORRY, YOU ARE A BULLSHIT CLOWN AND I WILL BUY THE CLARITY PHEV ANYWAY!

      • Status

        But you’ve proven yourself to be a bullshit clown, and an ass clown too. What does your clown behaviour have to do with the Honda Clarity?

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