We test the fuel economy of the Honda Clarity. The Clarity's closest competitors are:
- Toyota Prius Prime
- Hyundai Ioniq Electric Plus
- Ford Fusion Energi

Comments

    • David Smith
      David Smith

      Did you try it in EV Mode too????  My commute to work is 50 Km return so I'd be interested in this!

      about 21 day ago
    • steeltownbrown52
      steeltownbrown52

      Why don't you ever do the Honda Fit?

      about 1 month ago
    • Bader Jamal
      Bader Jamal

      I really like and most of all appreciate these videos you make. If I could make a suggestion if possible could you do these tests in a way where you follow the posted speed limit because I've noticed when I drive the cars you drive I get a lot better fuel consumption. Just my advice. Thanks again

      about 2 months ago
    • Fuel Economy
      Fuel Economy In reply to Bader Jamal

      That's great feedback. We'll definitely try! You're right though - most modern cars actually achieve the best highway fuel economy below posted highway speeds.

      about 2 months ago
    • Oakley Shedd
      Oakley Shedd

      Nice "real world" review! Thank you very much. Great information!

      about 2 months ago
    • Fuel Economy
      Fuel Economy In reply to Oakley Shedd

      You're welcome!

      about 2 months ago
    • VoltecRules
      VoltecRules

      Who buys a Clarity to use in HV? So stupid. This is not how Clarity’s are used. I get about 375 mpg plugging my Clarity in once a night. I drive 18,000 miles a year. People who drive less will get higher mileage. This is the dumbest review ever.

      about 3 months ago
    • John Donaldson
      John Donaldson

      You're not getting 60mpg. It may seem like it but comparing an internal combustion engine only car with a PHEV is not comparing apples to apples. Even at highway speeds the gas engine isn't on all of the time. If you slow for any reason, or go down even a slight hill, the car will switch back to EV mode and the engine will shut off. So you may only use an amount of gas over a given distance which results in a calculation of 60mpg but it isn't a pure measurement. You also have the battery, starting fully charged, and any regen from the braking or slowing which is yet another input. Don't forget to include the cost of the electricity used to charge the battery.

      Without additional data from Honda (which they don't give us) it's impossible to calculate actual MPG of the gas engine. You might be better off comparing the total cost per mile (or kilometer in your case).

      about 4 months ago
    • Jesus F.
      Jesus F. In reply to John Donaldson

      Honda is a lot better then Toyota ar disclaimers.

      about 2 months ago
    • Mowcowbell
      Mowcowbell

      The Clarity is on top of my shopping list for my next vehicle. Is there a calculator tool to compare the cost of running the Clarity on electricity vs gasoline? Gasoline is very cheap in my state, currently running around $1.79 per gallon for 87 octane E10. Electricity costs .12 cents per Kwh. Which is cheaper to use?

      about 4 months ago
    • Jason T
      Jason T In reply to Mowcowbell

      @mscolli3 Beg to differ... I purchased the clarity hybrid to save money. Honda has been quietly giving $6000-$8000 off MSRP on honda clarity plug in. California tax rebate and federal tax rebates are still av. At the dealership I paid $27500 after 10% taxes license, registration, etc. Then I have $9000 rebates coming my way, bringing my total price to app $18,500. There are lease deals on plug ins and electric everywhere. Previous to this vehicle, I leased an electric car for 3 years. 0 maintenance. When I deduct my fuel savings over 30,000 miles from my lease price, I paid less than depreciation of the vehicle. I don't care much about saving the planet, humans will continue to destroy it like a disease. But my wallet is heavier bc of green energy.

      about 19 days ago
    • mscolli3
      mscolli3 In reply to Mowcowbell

      Don't forget to factor in the extra cost of the car vs fuel savings. It rarely adds up. You buy a hybrid/EV because you want to save the planet, not save money.

      about 1 month ago
    • splint1872012
      splint1872012

      So you were driving 85 on the highway in snowing conditions?

      about 7 months ago
    • achikokaxeli
      achikokaxeli

      You must bin driven first electric mode, then hybrid mode, for real life condition and to know EV range. Like Chevrolet Volt test.

      about 9 months ago
    • Ed Gouin
      Ed Gouin

      We purchased a Clarity a few weeks ago. We are diligent about plugging it in whenever possible. We've put just over 1,000 miles on the car and have achieved 128 MPG. That's ~8 gallons of gasoline for 1,000 road miles. The more we use it in Eco mode, the higher the MPG is getting. So far loving the car.

      about 9 months ago
    • William B
      William B In reply to Ed Gouin

      @-Can Ameri-
      A quick search for usable battery capacity in the Clarity PHEV reveals approximately 12 kWh. Essentially 12 kWh for 40-50 miles of EV range. Assuming a standard 10% charging loss we would be looking at 13.2 kWh out of pocket to charge the vehicle.

      13.2 @ $0.07 / kWh = $0.92 out of pocket
      13.2@ $0.15 / kWh = $1.98 out of pocket
      13.2 @ $0.20 / kWh = $2.64 out of pocket

      Assuming an exceptionally high 40 miles a day (average) or 14,600 miles a year, one can expect a monthly bill increase of $26 at $0.07 / kWh to $75 at $0.20 / kWh

      about 5 months ago
    • -Can Ameri-
      -Can Ameri- In reply to Ed Gouin

      How much does the electricity bill increase due to plugging in the Clarity (everyday?)

      about 5 months ago
    • BERNIEO4
      BERNIEO4

      This is the reason nobody wants to by hybrids or ev's , nobody gives a damn about all that calculating...

      about 9 months ago
    • Jesus F.
      Jesus F. In reply to BERNIEO4

      Bro. Simple. If i buy this car. My job is about 10 miles EACH WAY FROM MY HOUSE. YOU CAN DRIVE 40-60 MILES ON A FULL CHARGE. SO. AT SAY $1.50 A CHARGE(I LIVE IN CALIFIRNIA) I CAN DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE TO MY JOB 3 DAYS AND SPEMD $1.50 OR I CAN DRIVE MY 2002 HONDA ACCORD WHICH GIVES ME AN AVERAGE 24-28 MPGS AND SPEND 2.5-2.15 GALLONS IF REGULAR GASOLINE WHICH CURRENTLY COSTS $3.50. SO. $1.50 ON TYE CLARITY OR BETWEEN $8.75-$8.30.

      about 2 months ago
    • John Donaldson
      John Donaldson In reply to BERNIEO4

      Well over one million plug-in vehicles have been sold in the US so I wouldn't say nobody gives a damn.

      about 4 months ago
    • HenryHonda
      HenryHonda

      Your in Canada so why aren't you using Imperial gallon instead of US gallon in your calculations?  Your only confusing a lot people but not myself since I know the conversion numbers.

      about 9 months ago
    • Fuel Economy
      Fuel Economy In reply to HenryHonda

      In Canada, we use L/100km. We use miles per US gallon because a large part of our audience is US-based.

      about 9 months ago
    • Senthil Kumar
      Senthil Kumar

      Hi what do you think about criyseler pacifica hybrid?

      about 9 months ago
    • Henry Lei
      Henry Lei

      I drive the Honda Clarity Plug-in to and from work. I charge it for free at work so my commute cost is virtually zero. I average 50 miles of EV range because I drive in Econ mode only. I have over 300 miles on the car and the gas tank is still full.

      about 10 months ago
    • Paul best
      Paul best

      after 2 months research of all Honda offerings, This Clarity is the best deal going. Mitsubishi offers a hybrid SUV/Outlander,,if you need the space,,otherwise this Clarity is the best car on the road. Read Silkie's comment below,*drives 50 miles on 1 charge, 1 charge costs $1.50 electricity*,,I read one owner says it costs him at the VERY most $1.25 for a full charge..ona 220 V line 2.5 hrs to charge, ona 110 line 8 hrs to charge. Hands down this is the best deal going. Volt is a good car after rebate $26K..but the Volt is smaller, and it is not H engineering.

      about 10 months ago
    • Silkie Tinybirds
      Silkie Tinybirds

      We just use it in electric mode and charge every day, no need to buy gas. It only costs $1.50 in electricity to go 50 miles, much better than a regular hybrid and a much nicer/bigger car to fit 3 in the back seat.

      about 10 months ago
    • Paul best
      Paul best In reply to Silkie Tinybirds

      Thanks for the update, This is what we are all looking for straight simple plain. 1 charge $1.50 (one guy says it cost $1.25 at the VERY MOST) drives 50 miles. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED.

      about 10 months ago
    • Steve Gottfried
      Steve Gottfried

      Did you notice much of a difference in the car's handling or power/acceleration when the battery was depleted? I've heard that it revs high and doesn't have as much power when the battery charge is depleted.

      about 11 months ago
    • Fuel Economy
      Fuel Economy In reply to Steve Gottfried

      Yes, this is true. This car drives best either on full EV mode or plug-in hybrid mode (where the electric motor and the engine are used in tandem).

      about 11 months ago
    • R Age
      R Age

      So it doesn't look like the average fuel economy on the car's meter was the same as what you got.  It says you get 4.8L/100km, but if you take the 455.6km x 4.8L / 100km = 21.87L and you put in 26.5L.  Does the meter only take into account the gas engine fuel?

      about 1 year ago
    • Bob Catanese
      Bob Catanese

      Thanks for the review. My friends and I were just talking about the equivalent MPG. I wonder if you have considered looking at the Chevy Volt?

      about 1 year ago
    • John Donaldson
      John Donaldson In reply to Bob Catanese

      The Volt was a nice looking car but too small for us.

      about 4 months ago
    • Fuel Economy
      Fuel Economy In reply to Bob Catanese

      Hi Bob, thanks for watching. We will be reviewing the fuel economy of the Volt in the next 2 months.

      about 1 year ago
    • Trades46
      Trades46

      A very frugal car indeed. Considering if you charge in Ontario at off peak rate ($0.065/kW) you only spend about slightly over $1per day to charge from empty. If your commute to within 70km or can workplace charge, you probably won't have to visit gas stations for months.

      about 1 year ago
    • Zero 0
      Zero 0

      I would like to see the highway mpg when in HV Charge mode.

      about 1 year ago
    • John Donaldson
      John Donaldson In reply to Zero 0

      We get about 42-44 mpg in HV mode, then about 32 mpg in HV Charge.

      about 4 months ago
    • Jay Cee
      Jay Cee

      I wish I had this car, or any other hybrid.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tom Bradley
      Tom Bradley

      Make this drive train into an Oddysey minivan now!

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Gillette
      Alan Gillette

      can you please do the Kia Optima PHEV? PLEASE!?!?

      about 1 year ago
    • Shawn Key
      Shawn Key

      Nice review. I am a Clarity owner and find the temperature and how you drive to have a big effect on your mileage. I have done 79 km on electric, but I didn't drive over 103 kph on the hwy and it was a warmer day. I did 1020 km in one day, with one charge and managed 4.7 l/100 km. I live in Montreal, so I have cheap power and expensive gasoline. I had a 2011 Sonata Hybrid before and the Clarity uses 42% of the energy (based on cost of electricity and gas) than my Sonata did over 6.5 years (based on my first 5000 km of driving). This is much more fuel efficient than my Sonata.

      about 1 year ago
    • g1981c
      g1981c

      according to specs my Camry Hybrid XLE is supposed to get better MPG than Clarity but you got better MPG in the clarity than i am getting in real life ( 41.5 ) although i do drive with a very heavy foot ... anyway 49 real-world MPG is impressive !

      about 1 year ago
    • John Wu
      John Wu In reply to g1981c

      thats including full battery charge though

      about 1 year ago
    • Hero Zer0
      Hero Zer0

      Good review

      about 1 year ago
    • Toro Cars
      Toro Cars

      Great review, this channel is exactly what I've been looking for. My only wish is for you guys spend 2 mins near the end of each video and compare the scores against other similar cars . Sort of like how AlexonAutos does on his videos.

      about 1 year ago
    • John Donaldson
      John Donaldson

      Don't use the HV Range value. It's bogus. Clarity owners are trying to get Honda to fix it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jesus F.
      Jesus F. In reply to John Donaldson

      @D 1,000 MILES? NO. HE SAID. UP TOOOOOOOO 1,035 KILOMETERS.

      about 2 months ago
    • D
      D In reply to John Donaldson

      Yes, my clarity thinks it gets a range of 1000 miles on a 7 gallons, a miracle.

      about 1 year ago
    • gp2003gt
      gp2003gt

      You forgot to include the Chevrolet Volt as a competitor, people don't buy this car to use only as a Hybrid, we charge it everyday, you should include these figures in your conclusion.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mowcowbell
      Mowcowbell In reply to gp2003gt

      It's too bad that GM is dropping the Volt from their lineup.

      about 4 months ago
    • Sergey Yevtukh
      Sergey Yevtukh In reply to gp2003gt

      William Erazo every YT cars reviver that mentions about future i3, Says they going to be discontinued , no more I3, BMW announced the X3 electric version as a new EV from BMW...anyway 33 kWh Rex version already slower then pure electric i3, because of additional weight.

      about 1 year ago
    • Bill Plaschka
      Bill Plaschka In reply to gp2003gt

      The Chevrolet Volt is not competitive size wise...it is a real squeeze comparatively...but otherwise it is less goofy looking and can do full accelerator runs without the gas engine coming on. Honda needs to do a plug in version of the Accord Hybrid. I like mine a lot. All it needs is a bigger battery and plug and it would be perfect...

      about 1 year ago
    • William Hubert
      William Hubert In reply to gp2003gt

      William Erazo I3 with larger battery and range extender. What do you think that will cost? The current model is nice but so limited and expensive that it is heavily discounted just to move them off the dealers lot.

      about 1 year ago
    • William Erazo
      William Erazo In reply to gp2003gt

      Im waiting for the improvement this year with i3 battery and Rex model specs. If its 44kw battery it would be 160 miles of electric range and with rex engine it wll be 70 miles more of range. It will be the perfect vehicle for me.

      about 1 year ago