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).

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is the third and final member of the Clarity family to launch, following the Clarity Electric in August 2017 and the Clarity Fuel Cell in December 2016.

If you just want a classic hybrid, you'll have to go for the 2018 Honda Accord.