2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

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Key specs

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Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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48 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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2 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

17 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.


Seating capacity

192.7” x 58.2”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • EV range, hybrid mpg
  • Roomy interior
  • Ride quality
  • Smooth acceleration (EV mode)
  • Honda Sensing active safety features standard
  • Federal tax credit up to $7,500

The bad:

  • Touchscreen system
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Regenerative braking controls
  • Nonlinear acceleration (hybrid mode)
  • Hybrid-typical awkward braking feel
  • Modest range per tank of gas

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Four-door, mid-size plug-in hybrid sedan
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine
  • 17-kwh battery and two motor-generators
  • 212 total horsepower
  • Hours to charge: 12 (120V) or 2.5 (240V)
  • 6.6-kW maximum charging rate

2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Honda Clarity?

The Honda Clarity is a mid-size sedan with seating for five. Its plug-in hybrid drivetrain features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric drive motor, and total system output is 212 horsepower. It can travel up to 47 miles on electric power alone, according to EPA estimates, and its total estimated driving range is 340 miles. 

What’s New on the 2020 Honda Clarity?

The plug-in hybrid gets a revised acoustic warning system that operates at low speeds when the car is running on electric power only. 

What Features in the 2020 Honda Clarity Are Most Important?

The plug-in hybrid’s 47-mile all-electric driving range is impressive, and on 240-volt service it only takes about 2.5 hours to recharge the battery pack. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard, and the car also comes standard with important active safety features, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Honda Clarity?

The plug-in hybrid is an impressive performer among eco cars, so much so that we named the 2019 model our Eco-Friendly Car of the Year. With a comparatively long all-electric driving range and a roomy, family-friendly interior, the plug-in hybrid is a great choice for people who want to drive greener but aren’t ready to make the jump to a battery-electric car.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Great front wheel drive, four door PHEV sedan.

Perfect vehicle for me. Reminds me of my previous car (2016 Honda Accord Touring) except I rarely buy gas. I mostly drive in electric mode daily and then plug it in to standard 110v garage outlet overnight. (Works out to about 40% of the cost of gas plus more convenient than pulling into gas stations). I use the hybrid sport mode when driving beyond the 50 mile electric range but this is rare because of my driving habits. It has a low center of gravity with a 17 KW Lithium battery underneath; has 212 hp; and has instant acceleration due to the electric motor. Practical car and a fun car, too!


Just what I was looking for.

I wanted to stop buying gasoline because of the impact on environment. I seldom drive more than 45 miles in a day. I have had the car nearly 2 months and I've probably used less than a tenth of a gallon of gas. Comfortable, roomy interior, handles well, peppy, roomy trunk, great fit and finish inside and out.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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