Honda Hybrid Buying Guide

Ever since the emissions-reducing CVCC engine was introduced in the Honda Civic back in 1974, Honda engineers have strived to maximize fuel efficiency across the entire lineup of Honda vehicles. Flash-forward to today’s Honda lineup and buyers now have their choice of a variety of fuel-efficient variants, from hydrogen-powered to full electric and hybrid options. Honda has set a global benchmark goal for two-thirds of all its sales to come from electrified models by 2030 — proving the brand’s continued commitment to fuel efficiency.

To help you get a better understanding of the fantastic benefits that come from owning a hybrid or electric vehicle, Honda East Cincinnati has assembled this helpful guide which compares three of the most popular Honda hybrids — the 2018 Accord Hybrid, 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and the upcoming 2019 Honda Insight. Let’s take a closer look.


2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

Starting at $25,995 MSRP[1] | 47 City / 47 Highway / 47 Combined MPG[2]

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

Key Features

  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • Deceleration selectors
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Smart entry with Push-button Start
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Joining the growing portfolio of Honda hybrid and electric vehicles is the all-new 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid. Powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, the 2018 Accord Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine to an electric propulsion motor which combine to deliver a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. You’ll enjoy exceptional efficiency without sacrificing on performance thanks to a combined 47 MPG rating[2] for the Accord Hybrid.

Driving a hybrid vehicle no longer has to mean sacrificing on space, power, or capability thanks to the Honda Accord Hybrid. You’ll enjoy class-leading power[3], cabin space, and cargo space with the Accord Hybrid, helping to expand your possibilities. The Accord Hybrid lineup now comes in four trim levels: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, and Touring.


2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Starting at $33,400 MSRP* | 47-Mile EV Mode Driving Range[6]

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Key Drive Features of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

  • All-electric daily driver – With the class-leading[5] 47-mile all-electric range rating[6], many daily trips can be made solely on battery power.
  • Gas for distance – For extended trips, when the electric battery runs out the gas-powered engine takes over to provide additional driving range, giving the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid a 340-mile combined gas and electric range rating[6].
  • Convenient charging – Plug in to electric outlets at home, work or at any of the thousands of electric charging stations found across the nation.

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers the benefits of an electric car paired with the freedom of a hybrid, giving drivers more possibilities than ever before. For longer all-electric driving, a high-capacity battery delivers impressive range and like a traditional hybrid, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid uses a gas-powered engine as backup for when electricity runs low. Charge up and drive on electricity, or tap into its engine for unexpected turns—all while spending less time at the pump.

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid owners also benefit from a roomy interior and may qualify for even more savings through available federal and state incentives[4]. A spacious interior with seating for five passengers and eco-conscious materials makes for a sophisticated driving experience. Conveniently charge at home with a standard 120-volt outlet or even more quickly with a 240-volt charger. You’re also able to take advantage of the thousands of charging stations across the country. Owners may be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit through federal tax credit programs or additional state-level tax benefits including HOV eligibility and charger rebates[4].


2019 Honda Insight

Starting MSRP Coming Soon | MPG Information TBD

2019 Honda Insight

Key Features

  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Three selectable driving modes – ECON, Sport, and EV
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • Optional 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Available next-generation HondaLink® subscription services and HomeLink® Remote System

Launching nationwide later this year, the all-new 2019 Honda Insight is expected to offer fuel efficiency that will rival the best in its segment. The Insight offers sleek sedan design, a departure from the stand out styling that comes with most hybrid cars on the market today. Positioned as a premium compact passenger car above the Civic in the Honda lineup, the Insight is expected to deliver EPA fuel economy combined rating in excess of 50 MPG along with class-leading passenger space and power.

Three trims will be available on the Honda Insight for 2019 — LX, EX, and Touring. In 1999, the Honda Insight became America’s first hybrid vehicle. 20 years later, Honda is aiming to make history again with the 2019 Insight by changing drivers expectations for what an affordable hybrid vehicle can be.


Honda Hybrids Compared

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

2019 Honda Insight

Starting MSRP[1] $25,995 MSRP[1] $33,400 MSRP[1] TBD[1]
Powertrain 2.0-liter third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, electric motor 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack
Horsepower 212 240 151
EV-Only Range[2] Short distances 47 miles[2] TBD[2]
City/Highway/Combined MPG[2] 47 / 47 / 47 MPG[2] 44 / 40 / 42 MPG[2] (gasoline only)
110 MPGe overall rating[2]
Projected 55 MPG City[2], final ratings TBD
Interior Cargo Volume 16.7 cubic feet 14.8 cubic feet 15.1 cubic feet
Front Legroom 42.3 inches 42.2 inches TBD
Rear Legroom 40.4 inches 36.6 inches 37.4 inches
Front Headroom 39.5 inches 39.1 inches TBD
Rear Headroom 37.3 inches 37.1 inches TBD
Honda Sensing® Standard Standard Standard

With three great hybrid options to choose from in the Honda lineup, deciding which one best suits your needs and lifestyle can be tough. The Accord Hybrid delivers a driving experience similar to that of a traditional sedan, only with the added efficiency of a third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain. Drivers searching for the versatility of a plug-in hybrid should opt for the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid which delivers smooth, seamless electric power delivery without any range anxiety thanks to an assist from a gasoline engine. If you’re searching for the efficiency of a hybrid with the sophisticated styling of a premium compact sedan, the upcoming Insight delivers on both fronts.

Benefits of Honda Hybrid Vehicles

Regardless of the Honda hybrid vehicle you choose, you’ll enjoy several benefits that make every drive more rewarding. Listed below are just a few great reasons to consider driving a Honda hybrid vehicle.

Superior Fuel Efficiency

Superior Fuel Efficiency

Perhaps the most obvious and well-known advantage of driving a hybrid is the opportunity to spend less at the pump. Since these vehicles require less gas, especially around-town and in the city, you’ll experience significant savings compared to a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle.

Cleaner Emissions

Cleaner Emissions

Your wallet isn’t the only thing that benefits from driving a hybrid. Hybrids also help the environment since they don’t produce nearly as many carbon emissions as a gasoline-only vehicle. As hybrids continue to grow in popularity, they help improve the quality of the air around us.

Tax Incentives

Tax Incentives

Another perk of hybrid car ownership is the availability of tax credits and incentives from the U.S. government. To reward you for purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle, certain owners may be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit through federal tax credit programs[2]. Additional state-level incentives may be available as well[2].

High Resale Value

High Resale Value

As hybrid vehicles have grown tremendously in popularity in recent years, buyers across the country continue to make the switch. Compared to a conventional model, often times the hybrid variant holds its value much better — resulting in a rewarding ownership experience.

Honda East Cincinnati invites you to come experience the sharp style, impressive efficiency, and smooth yet responsive power delivery found on Honda hybrid models in order to help determine which model suits you best.

[1] MSRP includes $895.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

[2] Accord Hybrid – 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg rating for Hybrid models with E-CVT. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – 110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 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 MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Insight – *EPA ratings not available at time of publication. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition and other factors.

[3] Based on manufacturers’ data comparing non-luxury midsize sedan class at time of launch.

[4] 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.

[5] Class based on non‑luxury midsize plug‑in hybrid sedan.

[6] 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.

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