The Honda Clarity enters 2020 with a few small improvements and changes when compared to the 2019 model. For this year, the Clarity gets painted black exterior mirrors which, crucially are now heated for improved wet weather visibility. In addition, Honda now offers a new color dubbed Crimson Pearl. Interior colors have also been changed for Platinum White vehicles as the interior will now come in a tasteful shade of brown.
The Clarity's motivation comes from a trio of advanced powertrain options. Three distinct versions are available: Electric, Fuel Cell and Plug-In Hybrid.
The Clarity Electric gets its power through a quiet and powerful electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor provides immediate acceleration with 221 pound-feet of torque and 161 horsepower and an 89-mile range. With three charging options, it can be charged up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.
With the Clarity Fuel Cell model, power delivery is provided by an electric motor that sends power to the front wheels through a single-speed gearbox. However, instead of being powered by a battery, the motor gets electricity through processing hydrogen, stored in a tank at the back of the vehicle. The output numbers are very comparable to conventional gas-powered vehicles, at 174 horsepower with 221 pound-feet of torque. The Fuel Cell version is estimated to manage a 366-mile range.
The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, meanwhile, uses a high-capacity battery for all electric driving, plus it has a gas engine for those times when electric power runs low. This setup allows for 181 horsepower and 233 pound-feet of torque. The Plug-In Hybrid offers a 340-mile combined range rating and 110-mile combined fuel economy.
Standard features on the Clarity include 18-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels, keyless entry with walk-away auto lock, pushbutton start, LED headlights, heated front seats, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable heated front seats and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Touring trim available on the Plug-In Hybrid builds on the standard features with leather seats, leather steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, voice recognition and satellite navigation. Remote Climate Pre-Conditioning is also a feature on the Touring, which allows drivers to pre-set and control the interior temperature remotely from a smartphone.
Safety on the Honda Clarity is as good as with Honda's other mid-size sedans. Standard safety features include a suite of airbags, traction control, stability control, daytime driving lights and rearview camera. Honda Sensing is also standard on all Clarity models, which is a suite of safety and driver-assistance features including a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.