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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2018, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Help a noob please

Hey guys,
Looking for a PHEV. Started at an Ioniq but they don't offer them in my state. Not really sold on the Prius though it does have some nice features. Just noted that Honda makes a PHEV and am looking for some help from Clarity owners (experts) who have been there, done that and are willing to share likes vs dislikes. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 07:20 PM
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I have reviewed all of these vehicles and also the 2018 Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Chevy Bolt. After researching and test driving them all, I am quite happy that I bought the Honda Clarity PHEV. Some reasons:
1. 47 miles of electric is perfect for me. Paying for more would be a waste as this is almost always enough. (I have gotten as much as 67 miles all electric in hot weather (95 degrees). More like 35 miles in winter.
2. Gasoline backup is a huge plus. No matter how much range, you never know when a short trip turns into a longer one. This car has no range anxiety.
3. The interior is bigger than all the others you are considering and pretty luxurious.
4. The battery (17kWh) qualifies for the full $7500 rebate. I think I paid about $34K for the touring model with the extra splash guards and upgraded floor mats, minus the $7500 rebate = $26.5 for this awesome car! (You could save another $3K by just getting the base model. If you use your smart phone (yes it has Apple Car Play and Android Auto) you don't need the GPS system. Then all you get is a little bit of leather and electric front seat adjustments. I was just feeling giddy and like the color so I paid $3K more than I needed to). The fake leather seats in the base model looked great.
5. #1, #2, and #3 make this in my mind to be clearly superior to all electric only offerings including Tesla.

I'm 56 years old and I have never owned a car that was this awesome. There are complaints (like wasted space in center console, limited smart phone app, avg. MPG on dash maxes at 199.9 MPG (I'm getting over 300 MPG) etc.) but overall, I think this is the best green car on the market today.

I currently have over 5K miles on the car and have used about 20 gallons of regular gasoline.

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For me, the two best no-range-anxiety cars available are the Clarity PHEV and the Volt. None of the others come close on electric range, and to me, the ability to drive most of the time on battery is the main reason you get a plug in hybrid. You can't go wrong with either of them. A major consideration is whether the hatchback body style of the Volt would be useful to you. The Clarity genuinely seats 5; the Volt's rear center seat is not really useable. Check both cars out carefully and I'm sure you'll be pleased with your decision.

We have a 2018 Volt and love it. We also have a 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell and love it too, but each has its strengths and weaknesses.



Hey guys,
Looking for a PHEV. Started at an Ioniq but they don't offer them in my state. Not really sold on the Prius though it does have some nice features. Just noted that Honda makes a PHEV and am looking for some help from Clarity owners (experts) who have been there, done that and are willing to share likes vs dislikes. Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE]

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 12:08 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Glad to hear you're considering making the switch to a PHEV. Its a bigger investment upfront, but the long term savings are huge. Not sure where exactly you are from but there are still quite a lot of incentives and rebates to be found as well.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 12:53 PM
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I think it will also help if you look for long term reviews that some publications often do and if you happen to find any please share them here.
As a future Clarity owner I would also find value in it.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-11-2018, 08:33 PM
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check with your state for additional rebates. TX offers $2,500 if you live in certain areas. Love mine, had only 3 weeks though.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2018, 03:38 AM
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Advantages of Clarity

I mostly drive locally and have gone over 900 miles without any gasoline. I have also done some long trips and have found it hard to find EV stations. The hybrid part is super convenient. It is a bigger car than I expected - bigger than the Honda Accord with more leg room. It does have less trunk space due to the battery - but the trunk space compares really well with similar cars. Really happy with this car.
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