Within the effervescent Honda lineup, you’ll find a great many fuel-efficient vehicles, including the Accord Hybrid, Insight, and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. And that list of high-MPG, zero-emission models is growing with each passing year. But what are the biggest differences between these Honda “green” cars? Let’s dive right in, shall we?
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
Gone are the days of hybrids and 100% electric vehicles ruling the road. Today, thanks to innovative technology, you’ve got way more options at your disposal. Take the Clarity PHEV: mixing together the best genes from standard hybrid cars and EVs, the PHEV is like the perfect child, complete with both hybrid and electric engines.
From the electric side of the family, the Clarity PHEV can be plugged straight into the wall for a class-leading 47-mile range and 110 MPGe. Level 2 charging (240v) gets you up and running in as few as 2.5 hours, while the base 12v Level 1 charge can push you to 100% overnight. Its VTEC AC permanent-magnet electric motor is a thrill, offering instant torque of 232 lb.-ft. and 181 ponies, all without emitting a single greenhouse gas.
Its hybrid DNA means you can fill up at the pump for up to 340 miles of gas-electric range and 42 combined MPG. In “HV” mode, the Clarity PHEV’s 103-horsepower 4-cylinder gas engine regenerates up to 50% of the range provided by the 17-kWh battery. Regenerative braking effectively handles the charge on the hybrid battery, as well.
It seats five, has 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and all the other perks of being a Honda car, including standard Adaptive Cruise Control, LaneWatch, and Lane Keeping Assist. Plus, buying a Clarity PHEV in South Florida gives you the benefit of Florida HOV Lane access, state rebates, and a max of $7,500 in federal tax credits. Add tax credits into the equation, and the new Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can be purchased for less than $27,000! Just speak with someone from our Honda dealerships in South Florida for more details.
2019 Honda Insight
The addition of vehicles like the PHEV and Clarity Fuel Cell doesn’t mean that hybrid cars have gone the way of the buffalo! On the contrary, hybrid vehicles like the all-new Honda Insight are still very much leading us into the future.
Returning a fabulous 55 mpg (city), the 2019 Insight is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid cars in the country. Most of that gas-sipping quality comes from its two-motor hybrid system, which diverts power to and from the front wheels and battery. The 107-hp inline-four gas engine isn’t a stallion, but it’s the perky little go-getter that other hybrids are jealous of. Besides, the 129-hp electric motor gets you off the line with plenty of zing thanks to its 197 lb.-ft. of possible torque.
Although smaller in stature than the Clarity PHEV and Accord Hybrid, the Insight is no slouch. It seats five comfortably and provides an ample 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Driver-assist features like Traffic Sign Recognition and Auto High-Beam Headlights are standard on the base Insight LX—these aren’t yet available on the Clarity—and a new Wi-Fi Hotspot through AT&T is standard on the range-topping Insight Touring.
A smidge over $22,000 (MSRP), the 2019 Honda Insight is also one of the most affordable hybrid cars in America. Contact one of our South Florida Honda Dealers for more pricing info about the new Insight, which is available for sale and lease today!
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid
Carrying the torch of “best car in America,” the Accord Hybrid comes with all those much-loved features of its standard sibling—but with a few twists here and there.
Under this Honda hybrid hood is an inline-4 that makes 143 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s all well and good, but what about its electric motor? How about a 181-hp beast that utilizes a Drive-by-Wire Throttle System, pushing out 232-lb.-ft. of torque? That’ll take your socks off, even with the gauge teetering just above zero RPM. Best of all, the Accord Hybrid returns 47 MPG whether you’re on the South Florida turnpike or downtown.
Technology-wise, the Accord Hybrid shows flourishes of what the future holds for us. Honda Sensing safety features—both active and passive systems—are standard on all Hybrid trims, as is the rarely heralded yet supremely useful capless fuel filler. Door Pull Ambient Lighting is a cool feature, allowing the Accord Hybrid to wear a Tesla mask full-time. The Hybrid Touring model comes with a mobile hotspot, wireless phone charger, and a head-up display, the latter of which cuts distractions by projecting important info like cruise control speed, traffic signs, and turn-by-turn directions right onto the windshield.
Overall, the base Accord Hybrid is certainly not to be trifled with. Having won the 2018 North American Car of the Year, Car and Driver’s 10Best, and a bazillion KBB awards, the Honda Accord is surely one of the best sedans in the country. Test drive the new Accord Hybrid in South Florida by visiting one of our Honda dealerships in the tri-county area.
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