Bigger, quieter and more comfortable than other plug-in hybrids; high-quality cabin; refined driving experience; large trunk for a plug-in hybrid
Frustrating last-gen infotainment and safety tech; Electric model's meager range; hydrogen's meager availability; small trunk in electric and hydrogen models
The Clarity family carries over unchanged for 2019, but was all-new last year.
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.
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.