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The Honda site is a bit confusing...

From what I can tell the Touring adds leather seats and steering, power seats driver and front passenger, and navigation. There is also some mention of being able to remotely pre-heat/cool the car with the Touring, but it is a little hard to ascertain if that is also available with the Base.

Clarification would be useful as the lease rate increases with the Touring to include the entire difference in MSRP.
 

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Touring adds navigation, leather, power driver & passenger seat, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Remote climate is available on both (I have a base model and it works fine with either the button on the remote, or the HondaLink app.)
 

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yeah to me the difference boils down to how important is leather seats and power seats to you. If very important then pay the extra! if not then the skip it and go to the base model.
 

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I wish I had got the touring. Power seats and navigation would have been great. Leather isnt that important to me because i live in Florida. Way too hot.
But for an extra $3000, its well worth it...considering the touring is worth $1500 more in 5 years at trade in. Plus, dealer would have discounted another 10% of the price difference.
 

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Plus touring adds memory seats in addition to power seats. Also adds "suade" trim on the dash and the doors. I think it makes the car much more upscale and well worth the price.
 

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Touring vs Base (on a leas)

While the 5-year cost of a Touring on a purchase may be only $1500 on a three-year lease the difference is nearly the full $3000 difference in model cost, that's $1k a year versus $300 a year (projected) on a purchase.
 

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I test drove both and found the leather too hot for me in So Cal.

I have had leather for years on my other cars which burns my legs/bottom so this time I wanted cloth.

The seats would be an issue if there were more than one driver. This one was only for me as a commute car so the manual seats is fine.

Went with the base trim and I use my work phone which has unlimited data for the navigation, apps and hot spot for other users in the car.
 

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The base model works for couples too! My wife and I share the base model. The seat adjust is fast, manual adjust. She likes it better than the slow power adjust on the touring model. And since we have separate tastes in music, podcasts, maps, and other phone apps, the nav features of the touring model are irrelevant. We simply plug in our own phone to make our own interface.
 

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Though the nomenclature says "Base", its actually an "EXL" model if you compare other Honda products. Clarity base brings immense value if you view price vs features. The additional 3K isn't totally justified by just leather and navigation per se.
 

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Yes I also have the base and did not see the added value for the touring model. One of the main reasons I didnt go with the Checy Volt was the options that came standard on the Clarity was almolst non exsistant on the Volts that I looked at....they did not have adaptive cruise controll, which now that I have it I would not get a car without it. Also the lane departure systems and blind spot warning were not standard on the Volt. The fact that they are not making the car any longer was the nail in their coffin for me. after I test drove 2 Volts that were both stripped down at max price it was a no brainer to get this basically fully loaded car for 24K all in or 10K for 3 years cant be beat!
 

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Yes I also have the base and did not see the added value for the touring model. One of the main reasons I didnt go with the Checy Volt was the options that came standard on the Clarity was almolst non exsistant on the Volts that I looked at....they did not have adaptive cruise controll, which now that I have it I would not get a car without it. Also the lane departure systems and blind spot warning were not standard on the Volt. The fact that they are not making the car any longer was the nail in their coffin for me. after I test drove 2 Volts that were both stripped down at max price it was a no brainer to get this basically fully loaded car for 24K all in or 10K for 3 years cant be beat!
Yes ^^ exactly my thinking.

Volt was over rated and since it was reaching it's 200,000 car mark for incentives, I figured I'd pass because I did not want to be the 200,001 customer....
 

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Here's what I found:

Touring includes all features standard on Plug-In Hybrid, plus:

Remote Climate Pre-Conditioning
Leather-Trimmed Seating
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™*
Driver's Seat with 8-Way Power Adjustment and Two-Position Memory
Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment
Voice Recognition
Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) with Sport Mode

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I test drove a Touring model yesterday, and I have to admit those leather seats are really comfortable! There's only one other dealer in my area that has a Clarity base... will test drive that and see if I notice any difference in seating comfort. The built in navigation is of no value to me, and I'm on the fence about whether I want ultrasuede on the doors and dash for $3K more.
 

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While the leather and power seats and leather steering wheel alone for me were the clincher on the Touring, the climate control pre-conditioning is extremely useful as it allows you to heat or cool the car while it is plugged in so you leave the house with a full charge without heating or cooling sapping power from the battery when you first set off. I used it today, a cold morning. The voice recognition is also pretty cool, for me anyway. Don't know about the transmission difference in Spot mode though. What is the difference between the Base and Touring transmission wise?
 

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While the leather and power seats and leather steering wheel alone for me were the clincher on the Touring, the climate control pre-conditioning is extremely useful as it allows you to heat or cool the car while it is plugged in so you leave the house with a full charge without heating or cooling sapping power from the battery when you first set off. I used it today, a cold morning. The voice recognition is also pretty cool, for me anyway. Don't know about the transmission difference in Spot mode though. What is the difference between the Base and Touring transmission wise?
You can do the climate pre-conditioning with the base model as well. Pretty sure the drive train components are identical between base and touring.
 

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The touring option might not get you a whole lot of money extra when you sell your clarity but it will help you sell it quicker.

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Is it true...

that the 2019 Clarity Touring model will not have power seats and 2 position memory seats, which the 2018 model had?
 
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