First Long Journey
Just drove from southeastern Mississippi to north-central Pennsylvania, a total of 1216 miles, over two days. I left home with a full charge and drove the entire distance in HV mode. Using the Clarity's onboard metrics I averaged 49.4 mpg and the charge, on arrival, was 4 bars above the halfway point. The first day - across MS, AL, GA and into TN - was relatively level roads at 70 mph while the second day - up TN, VA, WVA, MD and PA - was almost entirely on Interstate 81 and quite hilly, with speeds ranging from 55-70, but mostly 65. I used ACC the entire distance and, as 81 is a trucking corridor, it was wonderfully useful.
I stopped for fuel whenever the low-fuel warning light came on - but the car never accepted more than 5.5 gallons. I did not keep a record of the exact amount of fuel added.
Clarity performed as expected: Never once did I feel as if it was lacking in power to climb the hills or maintain speed. Only once did I notice what I think was the engine adding torque to the drivetrain: There was a sustained increase in engine sound during a long, steep climb. Comfort was extraordinary - I tend to sit upright and did not miss the lack of additional lumbar support. ACC made the drive pretty much stress-free and I noticed that LKA seems to work best when one is driving in the right lane: Using it in the left lane led to far too many "road departure" warnings. Has anyone else noticed this?
I also noticed, for the first time, there there is a light under the shifter buttress, illuminating the storage area beneath. It's usually lost in the spread from the two tiny spotlights on the overhead console that lights the buttress, the cupholders and the laps of the driver and passenger.