Buyer's Guide

2020 Honda Clarity
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Fuel Cell Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 63172
Fuel Economy 68 / 67 mpg
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2020 Honda Clarity MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Drives like a normal sedan
  • Good ride
  • Spacious interior

Cons

  • Finicky multimedia system
  • Noisy gas engine on plug-in variant
  • Vague steering

What's New

  • A new sound generator activates at low speeds
  • Fuel cell variant gets heated side mirrors and a new Crimson Pearl exterior color
  • Clarity Electric has been discontinued

Overview

The Clarity is Honda's powertrain-technology flagship, sitting at the top of the sedan lineup with a plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and battery electric (the latter recently ended production). The most mainstream of the bunch is the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which is available in all 50 states either stocked in dealer lots or as an order-only model. If you live in select parts of California, you can also opt for the Clarity Fuel Cell, which is available only through leasing.

What We Think

The Honda Clarity's road manners aren't as weird as its looks. In a 2019 First Test of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, we complimented the confident-feeling brakes and good transitions from regenerative to mechanical braking. Except for vague steering, the Clarity drives as you'd expect of a good, non-hybrid normal sedan. When the gas engine turns on, excessive noise enters the cabin when accelerating. Ride comfort, on the other hand, is good; the suspension does a great job absorbing road imperfections. The spacious, well-trimmed interior offers plenty of room for people and their gear, and a handy center console can hold big items. Honda's older infotainment system, however, lacks a volume knob.

In a 2017 comparison test versus the Toyota Mirai, we noted that the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell handles better, seats five, and has more usable space. However, the Honda's interior suffers from more tire noise than the Toyota. Despite that disadvantage, we still preferred the Honda overall.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid couples a 1.5-liter I-4 to two electric motors and a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery. Total system output is 212 hp. EPA range estimates are 47 miles in EV mode on a single charge or up to 340 miles with a full tank and charged battery (the car automatically transitions to gas-engine power once the EV range is depleted). Fuel economy ratings are 44/40 mpg city/highway.

Fuel cell models have a 1.7-kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 174 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Total range is EPA-estimated at 360 miles on a full tank.

Safety

The Honda Sensing driver assistance suite comes standard on the 2020 Clarity. It bundles together forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control. Honda's LaneWatch, a system that uses a camera on the right side to show what's in that blind spot, is standard on all models.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The 2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a 15.5-cubic-foot trunk that can be expanded via the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Fuel Cell models have less trunk capacity at 11.8 cubic feet and lacks folding rear seatbacks. Legroom stands at 42.2- and 36.2 inches for the front- and rear passengers respectively.

Technology

All 2020 Honda Clarity models get an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. Built-in navigation is only available on the Clarity Touring. Fuel Cell models get a 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

The base Honda Clarity Plug-In comes with standard keyless entry/start, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights.

2020 Honda Clarity Touring Plug-In Hybrid Touring

Moving up to the Clarity Touring adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, and built-in navigation.

2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

The Clarity Fuel Cell comes similarly equipped to the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring but distinguishes itself with a more powerful 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system as standard.

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Specs

Seating: 5
Cargo:  15.5 cu. ft.
Fuel Economy (EPA): 44 CTY/40 HWY
0 to 6- mph: 7.6 sec.

2020 HONDA CLARITY SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Motor, Electric
Transmission Name
Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic
Trim
Fuel Cell Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
N/R
Standard MPG
68/67
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Fuel Cell
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [HAM] All-Season Floor Mats - High Wall (Dealer); [ASPP2] All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer); [PP] Protection Package (Dealer); [TTR] Trunk Tray (Dealer)
Opt $399

All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Wheels, with Locking Wheel Nuts NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASPP1] All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer); [PP] Protection Package (Dealer); [TTR] Trunk Tray (Dealer); [WHL] Wheel Locks (Dealer)
Opt $351

Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Mud Flaps; Wheels, with Locking Wheel Nuts NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASPP1] All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer); [ASPP2] All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer); [SGS] Splash Guard Set (Dealer); [TTR] Trunk Tray (Dealer)
Opt $300

Motor, Single Electric

Std Std

1 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Crimson Pearl

N/C N/C

Crystal Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Platinum White Pearl

N/C N/C

4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Net (Dealer)

Opt $49

Charging Connector, Type 1 (J1772) With Cable

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Internal HD

Std Std

Media Control with Touch Screen

Std Std

Memory Adjustment

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Rear, Front

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.830

Std Std

Battery, 346 Volt Lithium Ion

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Electric Driven Wheels

Std Std

Energy Recuperation

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Body Side Molding (Dealer)

Opt $217

Car Cover (Dealer)

Opt $230

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Decklid Spoiler (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Heavy Duty Trunk Springs; Spoiler, Body Color Lip Trunk/Hatch
Opt $299

Door Edge Film (Dealer)

Opt $42

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Door Sill Trim - Illuminated (Dealer)

Opt $290

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Lower Door Trim, Chrome (Dealer)

Opt $285

Rear Bumper Applique (Dealer)

Opt $62

Splash Guard Set (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PP] Protection Package (Dealer)
Opt $104

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

All-Season Floor Mats - High Wall (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASPP1] All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer)
Opt $155

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Center Console Mat (Dealer)

Opt $25

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [ASPP1] All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer); [ASPP2] All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer); [PP] Protection Package (Dealer)
Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Ambient Lighting

Std Std

LED Lights: High Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Low Beams, Side Indicator

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Cargo Hook (Dealer)

Opt $12

Seat Covers - Rear (Dealer)

Opt $250

Trunk Tray (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASPP1] All-Season Protection Package I (Dealer); [ASPP2] All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer); [PP] Protection Package (Dealer)
Opt $140

Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Back-Up Sensors (Dealer)

Opt $514

Collision Warning System, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)

Std Std

First Aid Kit (Dealer)

Opt $30

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Lanewatch™

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Stability Control

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Warning System, Pedestrian Audio

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Driver Seat, 8-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory; Passenger Seat, 4-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Brown Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Platinum Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seating, 5

Std Std

Audio System, Display Audio AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Twelve Speakers Subwoofer

Std Std

Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

P235/45VR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

18" Alloy

Std Std

18-Inch Accessory Alloy (Dealer)

Opt $1800

Wheel Locks (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASPP2] All-Season Protection Package II (Dealer)
Opt $56
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
N/R
Powertrain Warranty Miles
N/R
Full Warranty Miles
N/R
Powertrain Warranty Months
N/R
Full Warranty Months
N/R
Roadside Assistance Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Honda announces a College Graduate Down Payment Assistance Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2021
$500 Honda announces a Military Appreciation Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2021