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Honda Clarity

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Honda Clarity 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 Plug-in sedan FWD CVT
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The Clarity comes in three versions: an electric, a plug-in hybrid, and one powered by hydrogen. The plug-In hybrid is the most practical version for everyday use, and has a 48-mile all-electric range before the gas engine kicks in. It takes 2.5 hours to recharge with a 240-volt charger, and 12 hours on 120 volts. The car works well in electric-only mode, but in hybrid mode, the engine makes a loud ruckus. The ride is comfortable, but its handling is awkward because the body leans in corners, and the steering response is sluggish. The cabin is roomy but we found the front seats uncomfortable because of their short bottom cushion and lack of lower back support. All versions come standard with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, but Honda uses a passenger-side video feed instead of a blind-spot warning system that covers both sides. The Clarity also uses Honda's unintuitive push-button gear selector. The FCV fuel-cell version has a claimed driving range beyond 300 miles, and it takes 3 to 5 minutes to fully fuel it with hydrogen. The electric version has a short EPA-rated range of 89 miles.
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