Newby post here.
Probably going to buy a 2019 Clarity. I was going to ask about real life range. Thanks for all the info. I am driving a 2017 Volt. I believe it advertises 53 compared to the Clarity's 48. We have gotten over 60 in the summer when driving mostly around 45 mph. During the winter (average 30's and 40's degrees F) we never get to 50 and sometimes less than 40. Sounds as though my Clarity experience will only be slightly less. I like that even the Base model has things that would cost a lot extra if I got another Volt, especially interested in adaptive cruise (does that work as advertised on the Clarity?)
I love the LKAS. I drive on the thruway once or twice a week about 30 miles each way. I can keep my hands off the wheel the majority of the time. IF YOU HAVE LINES ON EACH SIDE IT WORKS WELL. AND IF THERE ARENT TOO MANY HUGE CORNERS. It will also turn on slight corners by itself. After 30 seconds or so it will say to steer but you still dont have to.
I look to save a lot of money over the Volt at purchase time, I assume I will get the full $7500 US tax rebate with the Clarity as I would with the Volt. Anybody know if that is true? YES- As long as your deductions (or line 47 maybe?) is over 7500 dollars. Someone needs to verify this for me. I know I looked at last year's tax forms to be sure I was eligible for the full amount and I am.
4sallypat mentions the paddle regen. My volt has that but it also does regen with the brake pedal until you really need to press it down hard. Is that not the case with the Clarity? NOPE- Regen with paddles on EV mode. Or use sport mode and it remembers the regen and will apply it as soon as you let off the gas. I use EV and paddle most of the time.
We are about to add a heated garage to the house. Presumably the car will think it is summertime while charging. Any idea how much that might help range when driving in the cold weather? I have heard that the batteries get quite warm while being used so I was thinking that if they start out fully charged in a warm garage they ought to keep themselves warm and get good range. NOT SURE BUT seems logical.
They have stopped making the Volt but my dealer assures me I can still get a 2019 when I turn in my leased 2017.