2021 Honda Clarity PHEV for Sale in Lincoln, RI
The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) category of passenger cars is rising high, with more and more automakers releasing models in this alternative-fuel class. Many drivers love the idea of plugging a car into an external power source to give it juice, rather than just filling its tank at the gas pump. The Honda Clarity Plug-In debuted for the 2018 model year, joining the now-discontinued all-electric Clarity in Honda’s eco-friendly lineup (there’s also a Clarity Fuel Cell model that runs on hydrogen and is only available in California). While the 2021 Clarity PHEV remains similar to the 2020 version, that’s not a bad thing in any way. Its high points are a comfortable and spacious interior, a smooth ride quality, and an impressive all-electric driving range, along with good looks – there’s no mistaking that it’s a close relative to the ever-stylish Honda Accord.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV is a four-door sedan sold in Base and Touring trim levels, both of which are driven by the combination of gasoline and electricity. Unlike regular hybrids, plug-ins, as the name suggests, allow you to recharge your vehicle from an external power source, much like you would recharge a cell phone. When the 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV’s battery is fully juiced, it can travel solely on electricity for up to 47 miles. Once the battery’s charge has been depleted, the gas-burning engine takes over to keep you going.
The base-level trim is furnished with quite a few desirable features, such as LED headlights, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, Honda LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring, a HomeLink remote system (which lets you open and close garage doors from inside your vehicle), push-button start, a rearview camera, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Touring adds power-adjustable front seats, perforated leather-upholstered seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Powertrain and Regenerative Braking
The powertrain in the 2021 Clarity PHEV consists of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine, an electric motor system, a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). The total system output is 212 horsepower and 232 pounds-feet of torque. According to EPA estimates, the 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV returns 110 MPGe, 44 mpg city/40 mpg highway (gas) and allows for a combined gas-electric driving range of 340 miles.
The 2021 Clarity Plug-In also has steering wheel-mounted regeneration paddles to brake the car (without use of the brake pedal) while simultaneously harvesting energy created during the stopping process and sending it to the battery to extend the electric driving range. There are four degrees of regenerative braking, and you can control both the slowing rate of the car and the amount of regeneration energy captured by using the two paddle shifters (plus and minus) located behind the steering wheel. The Clarity PHEV also has selectable driving modes, including a Sport mode that maximizes driver engagement in combination with paddle use.
Safety and Technology
Both the base and Touring trims of the 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV are supplied with the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies. This includes collision and road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
The base infotainment setup in the 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, two USB data ports, satellite and HD radio, and an eight-speaker audio system. The fully loaded Touring rounds out the system with integrated navigation.