2018 Honda Clarity Model Review

2018 Honda Clarity Model Overview at Honda East Cincinnati

2018 Honda Clarity

Key Features

  • Starting at $34,290 MSRP*
  • May be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit up to $7,500** along with other state incentives
  • 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with electric motor with 212 total system horsepower and 47-mile all-electric driving-range rating***
  • Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock and push button start
  • Optional Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic

About the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Experience exceptional efficiency from a zero-emission electric vehicle paired with the flexibility of a gasoline engine with the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. Charge up for your daily commute and drive solely using electric power or tap into the gas-powered engine for longer journeys. A 47-mile all-electric range and a 340-mile combined range means that you can say goodbye to range anxiety and enjoy eco-conscious convenience — all while spending less time at the pump. Better still, eligible buyers could receive up to a $7,500 federal tax credit as well.

Very few hybrids deliver the comfort and space you’ve come to expect from a midsize sedan. The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers impressive standard amenities including heated front seats, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration, and HomeLink® remote system. Advanced tech features along with the standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features let you drive the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in complete confidence.

What the Critics Say

“Think of the Clarity Plug-in as a roomy, luxurious, reasonably peppy (0-60 mph in around 7.5 seconds) electric car, but without the range anxiety. It will go 340 miles on one tank of gas and one charge, whereupon you can just refill the gas tank and be on your way, the Clarity functioning as a conventional hybrid with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in combined rating.” – NY Daily News
“The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can deliver excellent fuel economy, depending on how frequently you charge the battery, while offering comfort and refined road manners. A long list of standard features, such as driver assist systems, and a sizable federal tax credit make this car a real value.” – CNET

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Features

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Charging

Plug-In Hybrid Efficiency – Get the Best of Both Worlds

At home or at a dedicated charging station, the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid takes just 2.5 hours to fully charge using a 240V charger or 12 with a 120V charger. From there, you can head out in style using pure electricity with a 47-mile all-electric range rating and zero emissions. A 340-mile combined range rating and a 110-mile combined MPGe range rating for the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid means that you can say goodbye to range anxiety.

Normal, ECON, and Sport drive mode settings allow you to personalize your drive to suit your preferences. HV mode optimizes charging and can regenerate up to 50% of the all-electric range. Deceleration Selectors offer four intensity levels to customize the regenerative braking which helps charge the hybrid battery. Access to HOV-eligible lanes along with eligibility for a $7,500 federal tax credit are only a few ownership benefits of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid.

Aerodynamic Styling

Not only is the dynamic styling of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid eye-catching — it’s aerodynamically sculpted to achieve superior efficiency. A naturally-inspired body shape helps streamline airflow across the sides, over the top, and below the vehicle for added refinement and comfort as you dive. The standard 18-inch alloy wheels are sculpted specifically to improve brake cooling while specialized tires help optimize efficiency. A rear tire cover and air curtain duct combine to minimize air turbulence and allow the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid to slice through the air. Full LED headlights and taillights help provide exceptional visibility.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Aerodynamic Styling
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Tech-Focused Interior

With spacious seating for up to five and plant-derived bio-fabrics and ultra-suede created through recycling technology, the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid features an impressive interior. Personalize your comfort independently with available Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Hondalink® Climate Pre-Conditioning, and Heated Front Seats. 60/40 split-folding rear seats, smart storage pockets, and 15.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity proves that the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is ready for your next adventure.

Use the Hondalink® App to remotely set your cabin temperature, check battery charge status, and view your estimated driving range. Touch, pinch and swipe your way through music on the standard 8-Inch Display Audio Touch-Screen. With live search functionality and 3D map renderings, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System will help you arrive at your destination with confidence. The standard Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive safety technologies includes Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.

Trims & Specs

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-In Hybrid

  • Starting at $34,300 MSRP*
  • LED Headlights w/Auto High Beam
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Smartphone Integration
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock® and Push Button Start
  • 8-inch Display Audio Touch-Screen with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and USB Interface



  • Starting at $37,490 MSRP*
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Leather-Trimmed Seating and Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Remote Climate Pre-Conditioning
  • Driver’s Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment and Two-Position Memory
  • Voice Recognition

*MSRP includes $890.00 destination charges and excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Owning a Clarity Plug-In Hybrid comes with many benefits. Owners are eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit through federal tax credit programs, and several states and localities provide further benefits like purchase and lease incentives, charger rebates, and free parking. Make sure to check with a tax or financial advisor to confirm your eligibility for these benefits and learn more about available rebates in your state.

State rebates and eligibility for HOV access and special parking depend on your state and local rules. State and local rules may change in the future to limit rebates and/or eligibility. For California residents, the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) sticker can be applied for through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Once installed, you may use designated HOV lanes, even if you’re driving alone. Stickers valid through January 1, 2019.

***47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.