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Honda Clarity

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
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 rather clumsy. The cabin is roomy but the front seats are uncomfortable because of their short bottom cushion and lack of lower back support. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard, but there is no true blind spot detection system that covers both sides. The Clarity also uses Honda's unintuitive push-button gear selector. The electric version has a short EPA-rated range of 89 miles.
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