Since 1974, when the emissions-reducing CVCC engine was introduced in the Honda Civic, Honda’s engineers have worked tirelessly to maximize fuel efficiency in all of their cars. Today, Honda offers drivers a wide variety of environmentally friendly choices, from hydrogen powered to full electric and hybrid options. However, it doesn’t end here– Honda has set a global target for two-thirds of all its sales to come from electrified models by 2030. Stay tuned, as list of Honda models is sure to expand over the coming years.
What if you could take the 2018 North American Car of the Year and make it more efficient? Enter the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid. Honda is calling this model the "no-compromise hybrid" because it simply refuses to make sacrifices from power and efficiency to standard features and safety technologies the 2018 Accord Hybrid does not make any concessions.
It's all about teamwork under the hood as the Honda Accord Hybrid manages a lithium-ion battery, in-line 4-cylinder engine, and AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor to produce 212 total system horsepower at 6200 rpm. Needless to say, quick acceleration will never be an issue.
Intelligent engineering is a hallmark of every Honda vehicle and the 2018 Accord Hybrid is proof positive, equipped with technology that promotes both power and efficiency. A 3-mode driving system works in conjunction with the Eco Assist System making real-time adjustments to the performance of the engine, continuously variable transmission (E-CVT), cruise control, and climate control system in order to improve fuel economy. When it's all said and done, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid achieves a remarkable, EPA-estimated 47 mpg across the board: city, highway, and combined.*
At the end of the day, this Honda hybrid still bares the legendary Accord name, which means high-quality craftsmanship, reliable performance, and outstanding value retention. As it was previously mentioned, the 2018 Accord Hybrid refuses to compromise, so even the base model includes features like 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, deceleration selectors, auto high-beam headlights, best-in-class trunk space*, and the Honda Sensing* suite of driver assist technologies.
Honda’s newest addition to its hybrid lineup is the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, now available in all 50 states. It joins the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric (both have limited availability) to complete Honda’s first vehicle series to offer multiple alternative fuel options. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offers drivers a premium-equipped sedan that doesn’t compromise performance or comfort for driving range–it contains it all.
With a 47-mile EPA rated all-electric range,1 it has the highest range of any plug-in hybrid sedan on the market. The all-electric range is perfect for daily commutes, while the hybrid powertrain is optimal for long-distance travel– capable of an EPA rated 340-mile range with combined gas-electric.
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid offers premium standard features for drivers to utilize. Safety features take the form of driver-assistive technologies, which includes the Honda Sensing® safety suite, LED exterior lighting, and more. Entertainment and convenience is offered through an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, Smart Entry with push-button start, and a wealth of other features. Opting for the Touring trim adds even more premium features.
The Honda Clarity Electric sedan may only be currently available for lease to drivers in California and Oregon, it offers a view of what Honda is not only capable of, but also of their overall vision of vehicles to come.
This all-electric model can be fully charged in just over three hours, at 240 volts, and it can reach an 80 percent charge, with a DC fast charging system, in a mere 30 minutes. The Clarity Electric has an EPA range of 89 miles on a full charge2, which is more than enough for many drivers to complete their daily commute, and then some. This equates to an EPA fuel economy rating of 126 city, 103 highway, and 114 combined MPGe. 2
To not be mistaken for other Clarity models, the electric model is equipped with unique front-end style, headlights, taillights, and an exclusive 18-inch wheel design. However, it offers the same key points of the models when it comes to comfort, safety, interior space and entertainment features. For example, the Honda Sensing® safety suite, Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and more all come standard.
Its sleek sedan design is aimed for universal appeal, situating itself as a premium compact passenger car above the Civic in Honda’s lineup. In addition to offering an anticipated EPA fuel economy combined rating in excess of 50 mpg, the Insight will deliver class-leading passenger space and power.
Standard and available premium features will come in the form of leather seating, an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, Honda LaneWatch™, the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, and much more.
The 1999 Honda Insight became America’s first hybrid vehicle–10 years later, the 2019 Honda Insight is looking to make history again by redefining what drivers can expect from affordable hybrid cars. Stay tuned for the official release date, pricing, and fuel economy rating.