2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offers 47-mile all-electric range for $33,400
It goes on sale on December 1 across the United States
Honda has announced U.S. pricing for its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, which will carry a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,400 in entry-level guise (excluding $890 destination).
You won't get a barebones model for that amount, as Honda says the standard Clarity PHEV is highly equipped. Features include dual-zone air conditioning, 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, heated front seats, rearview camera, cruise control, Honda Sensing array of safety systems, full-LED lights, 18-inch alloys, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and more.
Customers who want an even better-equipped Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can go for the Touring trim level that starts at $36,600 (excluding $890 destination). For the extra $3,200, customers get a navigation system with charging infrastructure information, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with 2-position memory, 4-way power adjustable front passenger's seat, perforated leather-trimmed seats, and an Ultrasuede interior. Regardless of the chosen grade, customers are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 when they purchase the model.
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain that has a total system output of 212 horsepower: 181 hp from an electric motor and the rest from a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. The electric motor produces 232 lb-ft (315 Nm) of torque and draws power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts.
Honda claims the Clarity PHEV has the highest all-electric range among all plug-in hybrid sedans, with the EPA rating it at 47 miles (76 km) on a full charge. Overall EPA driving range is 340 miles (547 km). The model also has an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPGe and gasoline-only 44/40/42 mpg rating (city/highway/combined).
If you just want a classic hybrid, you'll have to go for the 2018 Honda Accord.