2019 Honda Clarity in West Warwick

 

Overview

The 2019 Honda Clarity is unique among eco-friendly vehicle models in that it comes available in three fuel source options: Plug-In Hybrid, Electric, and Fuel Cell. The Plug-In Hybrid is configured with both a gas-powered engine and a battery-powered electric motor. When the electric motor’s charge runs out, the gas engine takes over, but the motor can be recharged from an external power source when the car is not in use. The Clarity Electric model has no gasoline engine; it generates power from a stronger motor that’s joined to a larger battery pack, meaning you’ll be able to drive longer on a single charge than with the Plug-In variation. Then there’s the less-known (and not widely available) but innovative Fuel Cell variation, which converts hydrogen and oxygen into emissions-free electric power.

Choosing the right variation all depends on your own driving preferences, and since they all come similarly equipped on the inside, there’s really no going wrong. So, if you’re a financially and environmentally conscious driver looking for a highly efficient alternative-fuel vehicle, then one of the ’19 Clarity models should be right up your alley. .

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Plug-In Hybrid Model

As said above, this version gets its power through the combination of gasoline combustion and stored electricity. Plug-ins are versatile and convenient because they don’t limit trips to the electric range: the gas engine will take over when the battery’s charge runs out. You can recharge the vehicle when you’re not driving it, and it allows up to 47 all-electric miles on a full charge, which is plenty for everyday commuting and driving around town. This differs from a conventional hybrid, where the gas engine and electric motor repeatedly switch off depending on the up-to-the-moment driving situation (generally electric power for getting going and gas power at cruising speeds).

There are two trim levels for the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – Base and Touring – and both get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas-powered engine, an electric motor hybrid system, and a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery. The total system output for this model registers at 212 horsepower and 232 pounds-feet of torque. The base version comes with keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver aids, which includes collision and road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist. The Touring trim adds power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, integrated navigation, and remote climate-control preconditioning.


 

 

Electric and Fuel Cell Models

The Clarity Electric also plugs in, but there’s no gasoline backup. Its motor, which is powered by a 25.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, produces 161 hp and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA estimates indicate that the range for this motor is 89 miles, and it comes equipped with all of the features from the Plug-In Hybrid Touring trim.

Rounding out the ’19 Clarity options is the Fuel Cell version, which uses a fuel-cell-fed electric motor that makes 174 horses and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The compressed hydrogen in the rear-mounted tanks generates an EPA-estimated 360 miles of range, and it comes fully loaded with the standard equipment included in the Electric version, except this model gets a premium 12-speaker audio unit. The Clarity Fuel Cell has very limited availability, and so you won’t currently find it for sale in New England.