Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Pros: Choice of futuristic powerplants; offers space and comfort benefits of a conventional midsize car; favorable leasing terms

Cons: Limited availability, especially for Clarity Fuel Cell; expensive

CG Says: The 2021 Honda Clarity is unchanged. Honda’s eco-focused midsize sedan debuted for 2017 and is available as a Plug-in Hybrid or Fuel Cell vehicle.

The Fuel Cell version of the Clarity is available only for lease in California; it’s essentially an electric car that uses a hydrogen fuel-cell stack instead of a large battery pack to power the electric motors. The Fuel Cell can go an EPA-estimated 366 miles on a full tank of hydrogen (there are around 40 public hydrogen filling stations situated around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area) and the car’s only emission is a small amount of water vapor.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline-engine paired with an electric motor and a 17-kWh battery; it makes 181 total horsepower and offers an estimated all-electric driving range of 47 miles and gasoline/electric driving range of about 340 miles.

The basic Honda Clarity platform is the same size—both inside and out— as a Honda Accord sedan. The interior is nicely trimmed and available features include lane-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, and head-up instrument display.

The Clarity Fuel Cell is an impressive eco-vehicle, but considering the limited availability of fueling stations and the fact that Honda will likely only build around 900 examples in total, it’s essentially an engineering/public-relations exercise. In terms of price, accessibility, and all-around practicality, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is the most user-friendly member of the Clarity model roster.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Plug-in Hybrid: $34,355
Plug-in Hybrid Touring: $37,555
Fuel Cell: NA

Base Engine
1.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)

Optional Engine
hydrogen fuel cell w/electric motor
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
2021 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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