2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid


2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid
MSRP Range: $33,400 - $36,600

Edmunds suggests you pay$29,395
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Which Clarity does Edmunds recommend?

For us, the decision is easy: The plug-in hybrid is the best version of the Clarity to live with. Even the standard version is well-equipped with advanced driver safety aids, smartphone integration and comfort features, but spring for the Touring trim level if you want leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Comfortable, well-appointed cabin
  • Solid driving range in all versions except Clarity Electric
  • Pleasant ride quality in electric and plug-in hybrid versions
  • Limited availability of all but Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Touchscreen infotainment system can be cumbersome to use
  • Polarizing styling
What's new
  • The Honda Clarity carries over unchanged for 2019
  • Part of the first Clarity generation introduced for 2017

Overall rating

7.2 / 10

The 2019 Honda Clarity is one of but a few vehicles that give you a choice of fuel source. First, there's the plug-in hybrid version that uses a combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor to move you down the road. Second, there's the electric model, which comes with a larger battery pack and a more powerful motor. Finally, a fuel cell version converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity to drive the car.

For most drivers, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will be the ideal choice. With a fully charged battery, it can provide up to 48 miles of all-electric range to handle commuting and around-town trips. Once the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine fires up and the Clarity works just like any other hybrid. It also has the largest trunk of the three Clarity models.

The Clarity Electric is battery-powered only. Unfortunately, its driving range is a disappointing 89 miles, which is much less than the range of other EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf. Finally, the Clarity Fuel Cell is available only as a lease and only works best for people who live or work near a hydrogen fueling station. It's about as easy to fuel up as a traditional car and gets up to 366 miles on a tank full of hydrogen gas.

Of the three Clarity versions, the plug-in hybrid has the broadest appeal to consumers. It is comfortable, has a solid amount of electric range, and should serve you well as a frugal and well-equipped hybrid.

Honda Clarity models

The 2019 Honda Clarity is offered in three distinct versions: Plug-In Hybrid, Electric and Fuel Cell (late availability). Honda offers the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in two trim levels. The others have just one trim.

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts you off in either base or Touring trim. Both come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired to an electric motor hybrid system (total system power is 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque), along with a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric-only range is estimated at 48 miles, and fuel economy for regular hybrid operation is 42 mpg.

The base trim features include keyless entry and start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, an eight-speaker sound system, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features. The Touring trim adds power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and remote climate-control preconditioning.

Next up is the Clarity Electric. It has an electric motor (161 hp, 221 lb-ft) and a relatively small (25.5-kWh) lithium-ion battery pack. As such, its EPA-estimated range of 89 miles puts it near the bottom of the EV pack. Otherwise, it's well-equipped with all of the above features.

Finally, the Clarity Fuel Cell is powered by an electric motor (174 hp, 221 lb-ft) fed by a fuel cell. The rear-mounted tanks hold enough compressed hydrogen for an EPA-estimated 366 miles of emission-free motoring. Notably, only the fuel cell gets a premium 12-speaker sound system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Clarity Touring Plug-In Hybrid (1.5L inline-4 plug-in hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).


Overall7.2 / 10


Since efficiency is the Clarity's priority, performance takes a back seat. Still, the Clarity is comfortable on smooth roads and excels in the arena it was meant to conquer: stop-and-go traffic. It accelerates smoothly, and the adjustable regenerative braking allows you to coast with precision.


The Clarity has instant torque, giving it the ability to scoot through intersections and gaps in traffic with ease. In Edmunds instrumented testing, it covered 0-60 mph in a respectable 8.3 seconds. But it starts to become more languid after that. Passing on the highway or two-lane roads takes a little planning.


The brakes operate normally during casual driving but feel unnaturally springy and numb under moderate to heavy braking. The regenerative braking is adjustable but reverts to its lightest setting after a few seconds. It doesn't bring the Clarity to a stop either. Panic stops from 60 mph took 134 feet in our testing, which is just passable.


The steering is direct and has a tangible buildup of effort around the center but is pretty numb overall. Quick inputs are met with a fairly muted reaction.


The Clarity feels heavy but not ponderous. There's reasonable composure when cornering at modest speeds. Handling is deliberate rather than spry. Its ultimate grip is respectable, but this isn't a car that will have you seeking twisty roads.


When it's functioning as an electric vehicle, this car is docile and very easy to live with. It accelerates smoothly from a stop without delay, and there aren't any gear changes to interrupt the power flow. But its cruise control struggles to maintain your set speed when going downhill.


On smooth highways and stop-and-go traffic, the Clarity PHEV is a comfortable and quiet place to be. Bumpy roads are its nemesis since the suspension struggles to keep the heavy car under control.

Seat comfort

The front seats have very soft padding and perforated center sections but don't offer much in terms of lateral support. The back seat is reasonably comfortable, though the bottom cushion is somewhat short. Long-legged passengers may be uncomfortable.

Ride comfort

The Clarity has a soft ride quality, bordering on floaty. It's comfortable most of the time, but the suspension struggles to control the mass of the car when driving on bumpy roads. Its ride motions are exaggerated and require more of the available suspension travel.

Noise & vibration

The Clarity is nearly silent in EV mode; the only noise you'll really hear comes from the tires. Although you can hear the engine start up when you're at typical city speeds and below, tire and wind noise masks engine noise when driving on the highway. Of course, you'll hear the engine groan to life when applying full throttle. Overall, it's pretty quiet.

Climate control

The climate control interface consists of buttons and knobs with redundant controls through a touchscreen interface. The auto function works well, and the heated front seats have three levels. The backseat vents are located on the back of the center console.


This car can transport four people comfortably — and five in a pinch. Its sizable cabin provides ample room for occupants and is easy to access. Visibility is excellent for the most part.

Ease of use

Most of the control buttons are easy to reach and are clearly labeled. The push-button gear selector isn't as quick to use as a traditional one, though its location in the Clarity is better than in other Hondas. The touchscreen isn't particularly quick to respond to inputs.

Getting in/getting out

There's little trouble stepping into the Clarity. Its roof does not appreciably impede front or rear entry. The back seat is even easier to access. All four entry points have a grab handle.

Driving position

If you like to feel ensconced in the driver's seat, the Clarity isn't for you; the seating position will feel a bit high, even at the lowest setting. The steering wheel is sized right and feels good in your hands, though some drivers might wish the column telescoped out more.


There's ample headroom up front. In the back, only adults taller than 6 feet will find their heads brushing up against the headliner. There's a lot of shoulder room and decent legroom in back.


Forward visibility is great thanks to a low beltline and cowl. The sizable corner windows and slim roof pillars also help out, as does the LaneWatch right-side camera system. Rearward visibility suffers a bit due to a high tail, but the Clarity's second back window that peers through the trunk helps.


The cabin design of simulated open-pore wood and suede accents suggests inspiration by high-end home theater systems. But the muted tones look a little dour.


Boasting the most cargo space and folding rear seatbacks, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the practical version of its three permutations. The Clarity also follows the typical Honda approach to cabin space and has a variety of storage locations for small items. Car seat LATCH points aren't too difficult to work with.

Small-item storage

With a good-size console bin, two big cupholders, door pockets, a glovebox plus storage area under a floating console, there's room for nearly any item you'd typically use on a day-to-day basis. In back, there are small door pockets, smartphone pouches, and a flip-down armrest with two cupholders.

Cargo space

Out of the three Clarity models, the PHEV has the most cargo space. The load floor isn't flat, however, and the cargo area gets smaller toward the seatbacks. Unlike the fuel cell Clarity, the PHEV has rear seats that fold down.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH points on outboard rear seats have obvious and easily accessed top anchors. The lower ones are tucked between the seat cushions. These are soft and easily manipulated to reach the lower anchors.


Smartphone integration and voice controls work well and are a convenient alternative to the touchscreen interface, which is a letdown. It's straight out of the Honda parts bin. Owners of this much pricier car deserve better than the system that's in Honda's entry-level sedan.

Audio & navigation

While the 8-inch touchscreen is sizable, its interface needs work. Basic functions are hard to use when moving. The graphics are a bit old-school, and the screen flow could be quicker. The menu structure is reasonably straightforward, but touch targets are small and the volume slider is irritating.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, two USB ports and an auxiliary jack are standard. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but transitioning between their controls and those of the Honda-controlled systems could be smoother. Bluetooth pairing is easy for audio and phone.

Driver aids

The Clarity is flush with driver aids, most of which prove useful in keeping you out of trouble. They include a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, adaptive cruise control (that comes to a full stop), forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist and Honda LaneWatch.

Voice control

The voice controls respond well to basic natural language and can control phone, nav and audio. For a more sophisticated system, you can press and hold the voice button to bypass these and get to Siri or Google voice commands via your paired smartphone.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Honda Clarity.

5 star reviews: 73%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 9%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 22 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, I’m averaging 500+ mpg. Love this car.
D. W.,
Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Currently I have gone 1,900 miles and still have over 1/2 a tank of gas. I may go 5,000 miles on a single tank of gas (7 gallon tank). Mileage is incredible. I plug in a work for free so electricity cost is low. It usually costs $1.40 cents to charge at home and I can travel 50-60 miles per charge. My daily work commute is 56 miles and I make it 99% of the time on all electric. The gas motor will turn on if the battery is fully charged and then you apply regenerative brakes, thus overcharging the batteries. To prevent this Honda reduces regen and turns on the motor. To avoid this just use the brakes, no regen, for about a mile. I love this car. It is quiet, big, fast enough, and gets crazy gas mileage. I own a Volt, but the Clarity PHEV is better in most ways.

5 out of 5 stars, Love our 2018 clarity!
Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Love, Love, Love this car. Once you get past the skirts on the rear wheel wells (which apparently many people like) there really is nothing not to like. I mean, we got the $7500 tax credit, and have put over 5000mi since December and have probably filled the 7gal tank about 8x. When on the highway I’ve found I’ll get overall better mpg if I put it in hv mode, leaving the battery charged for when I’m doing more city or stop and go driving. It’s kind weird seeing the distance left going up as i coast or slightly break but who could hate that? The car is very comfortable inside however it does annoy me a little not having the driver side lumbar support but nothing is perfect. My only real regret is that we didn’t get it sooner. - VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER

4 out of 5 stars, I call it "Rocket Car" due to its advanced tech
Stan Peyton,
Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

It is roomy, quiet and solid. The gas mileage and electric range numbers live up to the billing. However, I find the front seats to be very uncomfortable. After about 45 minutes behind the wheel, I am squirming. I am 6'0" and 185 pounds. And, of course, the infotainment system is bottom shelf stuff.

5 out of 5 stars, Best car investment I could make
Susan in Portland,
Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Pro: I've owned my Clarity for four months now (2300 miles) and taken it on several 300+ mile trips as well as lots of in-town driving. I feel like a genius for having bought one. The PHEV is the best of both worlds, so I don't mind paying a little for gas on a long trip (even though Hybrid Charging does save on the gas, as does its native 40+ miles per gallon. Of all the vehicles in this price range I've seen around the charging stations, my Clarity Touring is by far the roomiest, most cushy, comfortable, well-built of the lot. Has enough pep to make merging no big deal and the updated tech/safety features are considerable. I don't mind the wheel covers or the fact that there is no volume knob on the infotainment console (my iPhone doesn't have one either). Voice commands, Apple Carplay and Android Auto both work like a charm, and the app, while not super robust, works well enough. I LOVE THIS CAR. Con: The only drawback to buying this car is that Honda doesn't seem to adequately train dealers in how to support them. (Indeed, I'm not sure all dealers even know they are a Honda product with the lack of marketing and distribution!) I am not confident that my local dealer knows a lot about these cars or any quirks they may have, and since Honda has put little effort in educating them, it is not surprising that a few folks are unhappy. I feel for the guys who have had issues that aren't getting resolved, but I would point the finger directly at Honda support and the dealers. Shame on them for not supporting a very high quality product that could otherwise have a much wider market! UPDATE: Clara-T is now almost a year old, with 6k miles. All the hybrid miles are highway (long trips) and do net me over 40 mpg. The really great thing is the in-town range is enough that I can use only electric power. I charge at night so I get those electrons almost free. It is a solid, luxurious, 5 passenger car that makes me look and feel like a genius for snagging one. No issues to date. I still love this car!

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Features & Specs

Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan features & specs
Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 44 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower212 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan features & specs
Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MPG 44 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower212 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Clarity safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Helps maintain a constant vehicle speed and a set following interval behind a vehicle ahead of you and can bring you to a complete stop.
Lane Keeping Assist/Departure Warning
Automatically applies steering to help keep your vehicle in the lane and will alert you if you cross over a lane line without signaling.
Honda LaneWatch
Displays live video of the passenger-adjacent lane using a small camera on the side mirror whenever the right turn signal is used.

Honda Clarity vs. the competition

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Honda Clarity vs. Hyundai Nexo

We don't know much about the Nexo yet. It offers up to 380 miles of driving range. The Nexo could have key advantages with its greater cargo capacity and newer and easier-to-use infotainment interface.

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Is the Honda Clarity a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Clarity both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.2 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Clarity fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Clarity gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Clarity has 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Clarity. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Honda Clarity?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Honda Clarity:

  • The Honda Clarity carries over unchanged for 2019
  • Part of the first Clarity generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Honda Clarity reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Clarity is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Clarity. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Clarity's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Honda Clarity a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Honda Clarity is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Clarity and gave it a 7.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Clarity is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Honda Clarity?

The least-expensive 2019 Honda Clarity is the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,400.

Other versions include:

  • Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $33,400
  • Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $36,600
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What are the different models of Honda Clarity?
If you're interested in the Honda Clarity, the next question is, which Clarity model is right for you? Clarity variants include Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of Clarity models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Honda Clarity

2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Overview

The 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Touring Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Clarity Hybrid 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Clarity Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Clarity Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including Plug-In Hybrid, Touring Plug-In Hybrid, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid?

2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,330. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $4,005 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,005 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,325.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 11.7% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid?

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