Hello, My name is Joe and I've recently been looking at the Honda Clarities. Apparently I am a year or two late to the game because there apparently were massive rebates because nobody was buying them and now Honda only sells them in CA from what I've been reading.
Honestly I'm more of a performance car kind of person but I'm now 30 years old, have a son, and have twin boys on the way in March
. I've come to the realization than any performance car is going to be too small, a 80K German SUV on premium fuel, or a V8 Charger that also recommends mid-grade or Premium if I go for the SRT. Have never really been a fan of the charger so a V6 although quick enough would make me regret the V8 and I would still only be getting maybe 26MPG at best around town.
I had always discounted hybrids but I never realized until recently that the Clarity is actually bigger than the Accord and I had always though the Volt was kind of cool and the Clarity is apparently a 5 passenger Volt. My roundtrip commute is 36 miles so the Clarity makes a lot of sense. My only concerns are as follows:
I've never owned a hybrid let alone a plug in, my garage literally has one plug that is already used by a freezer so I most definitely have to run dedicated power for the plug. I imagine electrician aren't cheap and my breaker box is literally as far as it could possibly be from the garage.
The whole battery degradation thing scares me. I hear they slowly lose capacity over time and Honda's warranty specifically says only "abnormal" degradation which is very vague and can mean pretty much whatever they want it to. Then again I believe they build in reverse capacity in the battery that is slowly released so degradation would take a lot of time.
Is it going to be big enough to fit 2 infant car seats and a booster? My wife has a Traverse so this wouldn't be the every day car but in an emergency I'd like to be able to fit everyone. I bought the slimmer car seats and booster for my current Mazda 6 but trying to fit them made me realize cars are not at all designed for this and it was sketchy at best and the extra 2 inches of a slightly larger car wouldn't help much because the indents in the seats put the carseats 3 in away from each door so you lose a lot of the space you need to fit 3 and the middle seat isn't really wide enough to fit the booster.
And of course the biggest issue is not being able to find them. The closest one is 70 miles away, next closest 150 which is a long way to go to find out it won't fit the car seats or is just 100% not for me. They are also all in the 25k+ range for 2018's and I feel like with the 7,500 tax credit and dealer negotiations / possible Honda rebates I could possibly get a new one for close to or less than that. Problem is I'd have to fly out and drive it back or pay someone to transport it and be SOL if it comes home with dings or scratches.