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.
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-electric1.
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.
With their all-new Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda is inaugurating the next generation of sustainable automobiles. Now available in select markets, the hydrogen-powered Clarity allows drivers to experience the freedom of the road like never before. The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell can be charged to 100% in just three to five minutes, and once you’re done charging, you’ll be able to drive up to an EPA-estimated 366 miles without producing any dangerous emissions.2 Many once thought that cars with non-traditional fuel sources would limit drivers’ capabilities on the road, but the Clarity Fuel Cell is ending that rumor for good.
The all-new Clarity Fuel Cell is equipped with ultra-light, aerodynamic frames, and advanced technology features. Included in this latter set is a heads-up display that projects important information straight to your windshield, as well as an ionized-air purifier known as the Plasmacluster.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid fused everything that drivers love about the Accord and then made it even better. By pairing a high-powered electric motor with a 4-cylinder engine block, Honda managed to create a vehicle that offers exceptional performance and fuel efficiency at the same time. These two power sources work together to provide the Accord with 212 hp and 232 ft-lbs. of torque. Accord drivers will get 49 mpg when driving in the city, and 47 mpg on the open highway.3
The 2017 Accord Hybrid’s technological superiority isn’t confined to its drivetrain. Like many of Honda’s vehicles, the Accord Hybrid comes standard with the Honda Sensing safety suite, putting computer-powered driver assistance technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control in the palm of your hand.
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.
Honda has a reputation for developing some of the most efficient vehicles of the past 40 years, so of course they were one of the first automakers to develop a hybrid hatchback and bring it to the drivers of New England in 1999.
Most drivers have accepted the reality that fuel prices are likely never going to drop back down to what they were even a few years ago, and that means many people are shopping around for hybrids. The Honda hybrid car lineup is one of the most interesting and diverse in New England, giving drivers like you access to fuel-efficient powertrains in a wide variety of vehicles—even a sports car.