Honda has long been at the forefront of the electric car movement with the introduction of its Insight model in 1999. Since then, the brand has expanded its offerings to include two high-quality electric and hybrid cars. This includes an eco-friendly version of its flagship Accord sedan. Read on to explore Honda’s electric and hybrid cars for the 2018 model year.
HONDA ACCORD HYBRID
Fully redesigned for 2018, the Accord is one of Honda’s most popular vehicles, earning accolades for its sophisticated interior and high-tech features. LED headlights and taillights make up the new exterior. This is a five-seater hybrid car. Visibility and passenger space improved in 2018.
The powertrain, which is in its third generation, is an innovative setup with two electric motors. These motors provide an incredible range of more than 600 miles when fully charged. While the 2017 Accord Hybrid housed the battery in the trunk, severely limiting cargo space, the 2018 model has almost 17 cubic feet of trunk space (the same offered in the traditional Accord).
The plug-in Accord has outstanding fuel economy. There is an array of standard driver assistance systems on top of this as well. These features include lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, as well as traffic sign recognition.
As for tech, there is both a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 7-inch customizable driver information display on the Accord Hybrid. Most models provide Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto functionality.
Outstanding safety scores round out the impressive benefits of this hybrid car. The Accord has been designated as a Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety. The North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show, was the Accord. It was also a final contender for Motor Trend’s coveted Car of the Year Award, and was named the year’s best sedan by Car and Driver magazine.
It’s also one of Kelley Blue Book’s most awarded cars overall.
HONDA CLARITY: HYBRID OR ELECTRIC
The Clarity is offered as both electric and hybrid cars. It is an all-new plug-in hybrid model for 2018. Having the distinction of being one of the most affordable hybrid cars on the market. This midsize sedan has roomy, spacious seating for up to five passengers, including two LATCH connectors for child safety seats. In the trunk, you can access 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Clarity receives praise for its well-appointed interior, with high-end finishes like suede and wood trim. Drivers also appreciate the hybrid’s modern, minimal design, which highlights its premium tech offerings. There is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system located on the dash. It supports smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, there is a combination of a lithium-ion battery, an electric motor, as well as a traditional four-cylinder engine. These work together to provide the power of 212 horses. The standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) is an additional fuel-saving measure that operates like an automatic. When operating in electric-only mode, the Clarity can travel up to 47 miles on a full charge with the equivalent of 110 city/highway miles per gallon. The standard engine still has an impressive 42 combined city/highway mpg.
You can charge your Clarity with either a standard household power outlet, which takes about 12 hours, or a 240-volt outlet, which gets the job done in just over 2 hours.
If you live in California or Oregon, you can lease two additional Honda electric vehicles. Either the Clarity Electric or the Clarity Fuel Cell. These zero-emissions vehicles provide an innovative alternative to the traditional plug-in hybrid. With the Clarity Electric, you can travel 89 miles on a fully charged battery. Special hydrogen stations are available for this model. The Clarity Fuel Cell gets the equivalent of 68 mpg.
The Honda Clarity has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety.