We love the Honda Clarity, but for 2021 Canadian buyers will notice a $3,515.00 increase on top a $590.00 increase from the 2019 we drove. Is the 2021 Honda Clarity Hybrid Touring still worth it?
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Last year we spent some time with the 2019 Honda Clarity Hybrid Touring, a long-range mid-size plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with range of 76km fully electric. We loved the Clarity and named it our Best Electric Car of 2019, but now on it's 4th model year the Honda Clarity PHEV hasn't changed at all. No new features have been added to the Clarity as each year has been a carryover from the last. The only change is how much Canadians will be paying. A $4,105.00 price increase in two model years brings the MSRP for the Clarity Touring to $48,805.00 CAD. No price change for the 2021 appears to have taken affect for US customers.
This episode of TestDrive goes over how our feelings on a pricier Clarity might change our opinions when it comes to this sedan, and why you might still be interested in it. We've driven a number of other electrics and plug-ins since we drove the Clarity last, the most comparable was the 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi, another mid-size sedan offered as a PHEV in Canada. Unlike the Clarity, the Ford only had a 37km range out of it's 9 kWh battery, average for plug-ins that we've tested on TestDrive. That's where the Clarity shines, with it's 17 kWh battery making it the longest range PHEV still on the market, as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are close, and the Chevrolet Volt ended production after 2019.
In this video we go over some of the reasons we like the Honda Clarity, how the car performs and handles on the road, and what buyers can expect if they spend the cash on this car. We go over some of the use cases for a vehicle like this and why you'd take it over a full electric, and ways we'd like to see it improved. The Clarity doesn't have a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, a sunroof, or a premium sound system, but what it does have it range, and we feel that's the main reason to buy it.
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Perpetual Radio Networks launched as Canada's first podcast network. PRN is now focused on delivering the highest quality video content. We launched our flagship automotive review show TestDrive in November of 2015 with our first video on our own 2001 BMW 740iL.