2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 will go on sale December 1, 2017 at Honda dealerships nationwide. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 16, 2017 The very well-equipped 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 starts at $34,290 incl. $890 D&H while offering owners 47 miles of all-electric range on a full charge and 44/40/42 mpg (city/highway/combined) rating on gasoline. The Touring trim retails for $37,490. Some owners may be able to take advantage of financing and incentives from their local government and utility company, where available, to install an EV charger. For longer trips, the Clarity PHEV can utilize its atkinsonized 1.5L I4 to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source. The Clarity PHEV received an overall EPA driving range rating of 340 miles. 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 Features Proximity Key w/ Pushbutton start TFT Gauge Cluster 8-Speaker Audio Dual-Zone Auto-climate 8.0" Display Audio Bluetooth USB Audio Interface Pandora SMS texting Sirius XM HD Radio Heated Front Seats Multi-Angle Rearview Camera Steering-Wheel Audio Controls Cruise Control HomeLink 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 Exterior Honda LaneWatch 18" alloys LED auto on/off headlights LED daytime running lights LED taillights Chrome door handles Rain-sensing variable Intermittent windshield wipers Security with Remote Keyless Access Heated Side Mirrors 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 Interior 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Hold Rear A/C Vents Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Soft-touch Instrument and door panels Floor Mats Sunglasses Holder All Windows Auto-Up/Down 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV-47 Touring Navigation with Charging Infrastructure Information Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Driver's Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment and 2-Position Memory Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment Perforated Leather- Trimmed Seats Ultrasuede Interior The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-hp electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque from 0 RPM and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of just 2.5 hours on a Level2 charger. The Clarity PHEV features Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain that has a total system output of 212 horsepower. The Clarity PHEV features Normal, Econ, Sport, and HV modes. HV mode maintains the battery's SoC for later use. The Clarity PHEV joins the very slow selling Clarity Electric and Clarity FCV. Honda has announced its intention for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. An attractive and very well appointed interior is just the start of what this latest electrified Honda has to offer. Honda Clarity PHEV-47 The Clarity has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps, non-compromised trunk space, Honda Sensing is standard as are the 18” wheels. 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Active Safety Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) Brake Assist (BA) Multi-Angle Rearview Camera w/ Dynamic Guidelines Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) (Honda Sensing feature) Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (Honda Sensing feature) Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (Honda Sensing feature) Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (Honda Sensing feature) 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Passive Safety Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure Advanced Front Airbags SmartVent Front Side Airbags Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor Driver's and Front Passenger's Knee Airbags 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd Row All) Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder Child-Proof Rear Door Locks 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Driver-Assist Technology Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (Honda Sensing feature) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (Honda Sensing feature) Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR) (Honda Sensing feature) Auto High-Beam Headlights Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies. While the tank size of 7-gallons is small, I am not seeing much to knock this all-new offering from Honda back. I am waiting for the PHEVs EPA cargo volume to be released but it should be ok. The Clarity Electric with the stepped shelf offers 14.3 cu. ft. so the PHEV with half the all-electric range should offer quite a bit more. With the very reasonable upfront base price, 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV owners are also eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 plus additional state rebates where available. In Calif. for example, the Clarity PHEV is offered with a $1,500 state tax rebate and HOV lane access. Meaning the base price for this fully loaded model comes to just $25,290 + T (on the full purchase) and TL. Consider this comparison. The 2018 Honda Accord LX w/ the 1.5L-T and CVT starts at $24,460 with a 30/38/33 rating. The fully equipped Clarity PHEV-47 is worth a whole lot more than an $830 upcharge over the very base model Accord! I could learn to enjoy this Honda offering as much as I do the current Civic in fact!