The 2017 Honda Clarity: What the critics say
Los Angeles Times
“The science experiment is over. Hydrogen fuel cars are real.” Honda’s new zero- emissions sedan is far from the first hydrogen-powered car, but it is the first that manages to fit its fuel cell and electric motor under the hood, making the Clarity a legitimate five-seater. For now, it’s only available in California, and only on a lease set at $369 a month before tax credits and $15,000 in free fuel. An electric-powered Clarity will be rolled out later this year, followed by a plug-in hybrid.
“Smooth and confident on the road,” the Clarity “has the feel of an Acura, a car from Honda’s luxury line.” But “a painful surprise” may await anyone counting on the Clarity to go 366 miles on a tank, as the EPA promises. During our test, we finished with 286 miles on the odometer and only five miles’ worth of fuel left. That’s not terrible range— it’d beat a Tesla—but hydrogen filling stations are scarce for now, even in California.
Detroit Free Press
Still, “it’s easy to imagine thousands of people all over the country choosing the Clarity as their everyday vehicle”—if hydrogen becomes widely available. Though it’s possible a nationwide network of hydrogen stations will never emerge, this cleanrunning, spacious, and richly appointed Honda “makes a strong argument for one.” ■