If you’ve decided to embrace the future and go green for the new decade, you can’t do much better than the 2020 Honda Clarity. The name Clarity has always been about environmentally-friendly fuel alternatives, from hydrogen fuel-cell to plug-in hybrids to battery electric cars. Today the Clarity is a four-door luxury sedan that’s the epitome of going green. In this preview guide, we’ll explain why the Honda Clarity should be among your new decade’s resolutions.
Shades of Green
First of all, the 2020 Honda Clarity comes in several eco-friendly options. There’s the consummate all-electric, the versatile plug-in hybrid, or the air-powered fuel-cell version. You might be wondering, what’s the difference? The Clarity Electric runs only from a battery. There is no fuel tank. That means you’re limited to the range of the battery, but luckily, you’re starting at 89 miles round trip without breaking a sweat. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is the best of both worlds. There’s an electric battery and a fuel tank. But, not to worry, that fuel just sits there while the battery doles out the power for the first 48 miles. After that, the car switches over to burning fuel, but getting 45 miles per gallon. In other words, just a single tank of gas delivers about 350 miles of travel. Laugh as you fly by the last gas station in town. Finally, the Clarity Fuel Cell runs on air. That might be a simplification, but all this green car needs is oxygen from the air around it and a fuel cell stack of hydrogen that fits under the hood. With this technology, you have a range of 360 miles, even better than the Clarity PHEV!
Going green used to mean giving up some interior or trunk space because the battery took up some of that space. Don’t worry about that with the Clarity. This is a roomy five-seater with plenty of space on both rows of seating. Sure there’s the battery pack in the PHEV and all-electric versions, but they don’t intrude into the trunk or cabin in the slightest. And the fuel cell stack of the hydrogen version is entirely under the hood. So, settle in and relax on your daily commute. You have all the room you need, which is rare in this class of car.
You might wonder how much this is going to set you back. A luxury car and a green one to boot? But you’d be surprised. The 2020 Honda Clarity starts at just $33,400. That’s more than a starter car, but well less than we expected and more affordable than comparable cars. So, what are you waiting for? Do something good for the environment and for your wallet. And kiss weekly trips to the gas pump goodbye.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.