2017 Honda Clarity First Look | Edmunds

2017 Honda Clarity First Look

Two New Options for Clean Driving


Up to this point, the Honda Clarity has only been available as a limited-release hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, but that's about to change. The Clarity name will now be used for an entire lineup of green cars that may look similar but are powered by very different sources. The original hydrogen fuel cell vehicle continues as it has, limited to select regions in California. Starting later this year, the Clarity lineup will expand to include two new versions: an all-electric model and a plug-in hybrid.

2018 Honda Clarity

The Honda Clarity Electric will come first and only be available for lease in California and Oregon. Power will come from a 25.5-kilowatt/hour battery pack connected to a 120-kilowatt electric motor that produces the equivalent of 161 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Honda estimates it will take three hours to fully charge at 240 volts or, if connected to a DC fast charger, only 30 minutes to charge up to 80 percent. These figures all sound great until you get to the all-important range, which is a restrictive 80 miles.

The third model, the plug-in hybrid, will likely have broader appeal. It has a combined output of 181 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque from an electric motor and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The 17-kWh battery pack gives this model an electric-only range of 42 miles. Past that point, the gasoline motor will generate electricity as well as propulsion for a total range of 330 miles.

Both of the new Clarity models feature the same spacious interior as the fuel cell version. We've been pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort and refinement in our Clarity long-term test car. If you like the look and feel of the Honda Accord, you'll like the interior of the Clarity. Expect to see both of the new Clarity models in showrooms by the end of 2017.

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