CARS.COM — Honda unveiled two plug-in Clarity models — a plug-in hybrid and battery electric — that extend the Clarity Fuel Cell car into a line of alternative-fuel Clarity cars at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. These Clarity models are important for Honda as it works toward its goal of having two-thirds of its sales from electrified vehicles by 2030. The fuel-cell 2017 Clarity is already being leased in California, the only state with metro areas with public hydrogen fuel networks.
The two plug-ins are the essentially same car with different powertrains, which means they share the fuel-cell car’s visual eccentricities. They are not bad, just different, and the Toyota Prius proved that looking different can be a plus in selling greener vehicles.
Inside, all are practical five-seat sedans that aim for a premium feel, though they would get closer to that if it weren’t for some “eco-friendly” materials that feel coarse, but seem to be required these days in cars with green aspirations.