Which Honda Models are Hybrid?

Honda Hybrid Engines

Honda is constantly striving to push boundaries and stay ahead of the current trends-- this is especially true when it comes to fuel efficiency. As part of this, Honda’s 2018 lineup includes two hybrid cars, the Accord Hybrid and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, that are sure to appeal to anyone looking to save some serious money at the pump while also doing their part to help the environment. We’ll now take a closer peek at each to make it easier to decide which model is right for you.

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

Based on its best-selling Accord platform, Honda’s Accord Hybrid was released in 2015. Nonetheless, the model has already undergone a major refresh for the 2018 model. The Accord Hybrid is available in four different trim packages, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring, which are the same trim levels available on the basic Accord. In terms of safety, reliability and handling, the Accord Hybrid performs equally as well as its non-hybrid sibling. However, the hybrid model excels in terms of fuel efficiency. In fact, its EPA-estimated 49 miles-per-gallon* is good enough to rank it second amongst all hybrid vehicles in terms of fuel efficiency.

By moving the battery pack and control systems for the electric engine to the rear floor space, Honda managed to achieve the largest trunk space in its class. This is definitely a major upgrade from most other hybrid cars, which tend to have minimal trunk space as this is where the battery is typically stored. Combine these aforementioned factors with its outstanding safety ratings and excellent range of premium amenities and features and you can see why the Accord Hybrid is so popular.

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the manufacturer’s latest effort to capitalize on the growing demand for even greater fuel efficiency. As with the Accord Hybrid, the Clarity Plug-In excels in terms of trunk space and cargo capacity. Like other plug-in hybrids, the vehicle operates almost fully as an electric vehicle except for times when the battery needs recharged or when additional power is needed, such as when climbing a hill or passing.

The Clarity Plug-In is powered by a 181-horsepower, four-stage electric motor, which runs off a 17kWh lithium-ion battery that has almost twice the capacity of most other plug-in hybrid models. This means that the electric motor can run for much longer in between charges or without the gasoline-engine kicking in, so your daily commutes are as fuel-efficient as possible.

At the end of the day, both the Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid are excellent choices for consumers who are primarily focused on fuel-efficiency and environmental-friendliness. However, the fact is that both vehicles have a number of differences that can really only be understood once you see them in person and actually step behind the wheel. We’d like to invite to our Honda dealership for a test drive so you can see for yourself how much fun it is to hit the road in a Honda Hybrid.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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