2019 Honda Clarity

Original MSRP Range
$33,400 - $58,490
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
69 - 69 MPG City / 67 - 67 MPG Hwy
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2019 Honda Clarity

What We Like

Bigger, quieter and more comfortable than other plug-in hybrids; high-quality cabin; refined driving experience; large trunk for a plug-in hybrid

What We Don't

Frustrating last-gen infotainment and safety tech; Electric model's meager range; hydrogen's meager availability; small trunk in electric and hydrogen models

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Honda Clarity?

The Clarity family carries over unchanged for 2019, but was all-new last year.

Which Clarity is the Best?

The Electric has such poor range and the Fuel Cell such limited availability, they might as well not exist. That leaves the Plug-in Hybrid, which is not just the only relevant Clarity, but a pretty compelling plug-in hybrid as well. Deciding between its trim levels really comes down to whether you want power seats and leather.

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How Much Does a 2019 Honda Clarity Cost?

The 2019 Honda Clarity is available in Plug-in Hybrid, Electric and Fuel Cell versions. Each isn't available in every state, but all should be eligible for substantial tax rebates.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is available in two trims: base and Touring. The base model ($33,400) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic LED headlights, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a 60/40-split folding back seat, an 8-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio and an 8-speaker sound system.

The Plug-in Hybrid Touring ($36,600) adds leather upholstery, power front seats (8-way driver, 4-way passenger), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and integrated navigation.

The Clarity Electric is available for lease only in California and Oregon, and in only one trim level that equals the Touring's equipment. The Fuel Cell is only available for lease in California and also shares the Touring's equipment, but you do get $15,000 worth of free hydrogen.

Clarity Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Clarity Electric Sedan$36,620 / N/AElectric / Hybrid / Fuel Cell161N/AAutomaticFWD
Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan$58,490 / N/AElectric / Hybrid / Fuel Cell17469 / 67AutomaticFWD
Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Sedan$33,400 / $32,028Electric / Hybrid / Fuel Cell212N/AAutomaticFWD
Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring Sedan$36,600 / $35,090Hybrid212N/AAutomaticFWD

Is the 2019 Honda Clarity a Safe Car?

The Clarity comes standard with stability and traction control, front side and full-length side curtain airbags, a driver-knee airbag, a backup camera, lane-keeping assist, a collision-mitigation system (forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking) and Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system. The latter two items belong to Honda's previous generation of safety systems, however. Newer Hondas like the CR-V and the Accord have a simpler yet more effective blind-spot monitoring system in lieu of LaneWatch, while the collision-mitigation system has been enhanced with more natural brake application and fewer false alarms. The Clarity's systems are akin to those in the cheaper Civic.

For those interested in the Fuel Cell, but are concerned with carrying hydrogen around in your car, the Clarity has been designed to withstand impacts to its two resilient carbon-fiber tanks. One must remember other cars drive around with extremely flammable gasoline.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2019 Honda Clarity vs the competition

2019 Toyota Prius Prime -- The Prius Prime has basically half of the Clarity's all-electric range, but its more efficient gasoline powertrain makes it more efficient if you don't plan on frequently recharging the battery. It has a greater total range and a cheaper price, and its hatchback may be more versatile, but it has less passenger space and isn't as refined.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq -- Like the Clarity, the Ioniq is available in Plug-in Hybrid and Electric versions. Most of the above points about the Prius Prime also apply to the Ioniq Plug-in. Ditto the Ioniq Electric, but it can go considerably farther on an electric charge than the Clarity.

2019 Kia Niro Electric -- The Niro Electric, along with the Hyundai Kona Electric, are the latest EVs that top 200 miles of range. The Chevrolet Bolt and various Teslas are the others. All are worth a look if you're planning to go electric.

2019 Toyota Mirai -- Considering the Clarity Fuel Cell? Well, this is literally its only competitor. Read more about how the Clarity and Mirai compare.

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