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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: A Roomy, Premium Plug-In Hybrid

Published on December 31 2017

With the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In, the Japanese manufacturer is showing the automotive world that it is possible to put power, refinement, space and technology in a “green vehicle” that won’t compromise on style. This Plug-In Hybrid touched down at Civic Honda on December 15th with an MSRP of $39,900, or $43,900 on the fully-loaded Touring trim, with great government incentives.

Outstanding fuel economy for the 2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In in Ottawa, Ontario

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is able to achieve a fuel consumption of as low as 2.1 Le/100 km due to the combination of an electric motor, a 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle gas motor and a 17 kWh battery pack. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 76 km. Most of the day to day commute can be done using no to little fuel, while the Clarity can go to the country on the weekend without running out of charge.

The battery has a recharge time of just 2.5 hours using a Level 2, 240 volt (32 amp) charger. The Clarity Plug-In operates in three different driving modes, which are adapted to every driving situation. It can shift instantly from one mode to another. The modes are EV Drive (full electric), Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.

On the outside, the 2018 Honda Clarity is more stylish than any other vehicle in its segment. But designers were able to pair great looks with efficient and active elements such as aerodynamic and angular shapes with high-tech aerodynamic features, enabling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid to slip through the wind with minimal aerodynamic disturbance.

Other exterior characteristics include LED headlights (hi-lo beam and DRL) and tail lamps, an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body with crash stroke design, acoustic glass, flush-mounted windshield, triple door sealing and much more.

A spacious interior with maximum cargo space in the 2018 Honda Clarity in Ottawa, Ontario

The 2018 Honda Clarity offers a spacious and premium environment for up to five passengers. The materials used to assemble the cabin are truly upscale, with black bio-fiber fabric (or leather-trimmed seating in Touring trim) and accent panels with a natural-looking woodgrain finish. Most materials used ae environmentally friendly and the cabin is packed with technologies that make day to day driving very enjoyable.

For instance, the 2018 Clarity features an 8-inch display audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a practical rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, SMS Text Message function, two USB audio interface ports, a push start/stop button, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone climate control all part of the standard equipment list.

Some Plug-In hybrids offer limited space in the trunk because of the battery pack position. Engineers positioned the battery pack under the seats of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, giving the vehicle a lower center of gravity, and more cargo space in the trunk with 439 litres.

All in all, the 2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In is a marvel of engineering that doesn’t compromise on looks and convenience. It is available now at Civic Honda!


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