Like a Tesla without all the range anxiety
I bought this car for the specific purpose of using the carpool lane in California. Being an Accord, it looks like a normal car which I really like. The front and rear bumpers and grille are unique, and very sporty. (For the other reviewer, you can order these parts at the Honda dealer, but they have to look it up using your VIN number). The Accord PHEV uses a 6.7 kilowatt battery which gives me about 12-15 miles of EV range depending on how hard I drive it. It's a small battery, so it only takes about an hour to charge at the ChargePoint station. The car also uses a 2.0 liter Atkinson Cycle gas engine as well. The system is similar to the second-gen Chevy Volt and current Ford Fusion Energi. On average, I get about 48 MPG. If I try to hyper-mile it in ECON, I can get about 53 MPG, which is crazy for a car this size. What I find is, if I am cruising around town, I'll use EV mode. When I am on the freeway, I'll use HV (Hybrid Vehicle) mode. You can manually select EV or HV mode, which is great. In EV mode, the acceleration is quite good. In HV mode, the car will recharge the battery with the engine. In terms of comfort, the car is light years ahead of most others in this class. The light gray cloth seats are soft, supportive and heated in the front and rear of the vehicle. These cars were all built in Japan, so the build quality is superb. Being the top trim for 2014 (above Touring), it came with navigation and infotainment options from the factory. Sure, it's no Tesla, but then I spent about half the money I would spend on a new Model 3. It's surprising Honda chose to produce the Clarity Plug-In and not continue with the Accord Plug-In. This is a marvelous car, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a luxurious, bulletproof commuter car without the limitations of a pure electric vehicle or the hefty Tesla price tag.
Love this car...
This car is excellent, runs great and its so beautiful. Unfortunately i got into an accident and i need a new bumper and also a new grille. If anyone can tell me where I can purchase these please let me know, thank you.
No worries for this car
If so not want to have trouble with a car buy A Honda CRV, it might not be the coolest ride but it’s cool saving money on gas and repeairs