Not a brand new Clarity, but new to the forum
Hello, I'm Jeff. I am new to this forum, having primarily done my EV forum discussion on another EV forum that isn't brand/model specific.
I have had my Clarity almost a year (bought it mid-June last year). I have just over 20k miles. I have had some of the more common issues (many warnings and lights several times after level 2 charging, issues with the Honda Link app, more likely than average to have problems with the tires having had 2 flats already, trunk lid issues, etc.) which have soured me a little on the car. I can't say I love it anymore, but I do still like it quite a bit. I like getting 40+ mpg on a long trip (remember, this is a larger mid-sized car), daily effective 50-80mpg (depending upon how much HV and how much EV use) when not running all electric, and a pretty generous electric only range for a PHEV (in the winter I've been getting in the low 30 mile range per charge, with warmer weather I see a low of 40 and a high of about 55 with AC and radio use if I don't modify my driving style, typically I get around 50-52 in the summer). The car handles decently (not great, but pretty good), has good brakes, and the ride is very comfortable (the most common complaint you see about comfort, no adjustable lumbar support, would be nice if they added it, but it is only a problem on the longest drives). If they got the software right (and maybe installed different OEM tires) I'd say it would be a great car. As it is, I still think it is a good car.
So far, my car has taken me on many local and weekend road trips. It took me on one trip from MD to MN to see some family who moved up there, and on the way back I took the long way through Iowa, down to Kentucky and through southern Ohio to see parts of the country I haven't been to yet. For my daily commute, I get stuck in stop and go, or at least "slow and go" traffic everyday.
So, that's the car. I am turning 49 this summer, I usually keep my cars 3-4 years, so I've had quite a few over the years (from a Ford Escort and a Nissan Sentra through a BMW 325 and an SUV). I love outdoors stuff, especially camping, kayaking, and fishing. I was a little hesitant to go back to a sedan since they can be a little limiting for car camping but the everyday virtues of the Clarity beat out the hatchback/SUV advantages of the Niro, Prius Prime and Ionic. I'm a history teacher who likes taking weekend and day trips to local historical sites (this is a very comfortable car for a road trip).
2018 Honda Clarity PHEV, bought June 2018, drive around 20k miles/yr
Last edited by jeff10236; 06-01-2019 at 01:17 PM.