Honda may only have three hybrids in its lineup, but there's something for everyone, as there are essentially three distinct products with equally unique approaches. Let's take a look at how they look and how they can benefit you.
Hybrid on Demand
One of Honda's hybrid offerings comes with the Accord sedan. The Accord Sedan, which can be equipped with two turbocharged engines, can also inherit a configuration where a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine sits at the front. The latter is joined by two electric motors, so that the total power output is 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission is associated with these units to transfer power to the front wheels. And where's the advantage with this Accord Hybrid? In fact, that's all we've just described, because this mechanical configuration keeps average fuel consumption at 5 L/100 km (city and highway). Significant fuel savings are to be expected at the wheel of this model.
The natural hybrid
The original hybrid of the family is the Insight. In fact, we are entitled to the third generation of this model, which first appeared in 1999. The current version took its first steps in 2019. From the outset, it's a seductive model that offers not only very interesting fuel consumption, but also a reassuring and solid driving experience. That's mainly due to the fact that the chassis is a derivative of the Civic. This makes it a more compact car than the Accord. More maneuverable, too, and more adapted to city life. That's what sets it apart. And speaking of the city, that's where its fuel consumption stands out at 4.6 L/100 km. You have to add 0.7 liters per 100 km for highway cruising.
The plug-in hybrid
Finally, the third distinct solution is the one suggested by Clarity. Here, we're talking about a car that offers an electric range of about 80 kilometers, which is enough to make the vast majority of its trips in pure electric mode, and therefore without fuel consumption. This is obviously the great advantage of the model, because each time you drive in all-electric mode, you only spend about 10% to 15% of the amount you would spend on fuel. As a bonus, the Clarity offers an unsuspected level of comfort, and because of its weight distribution, it offers a very solid, even astonishing ride. Like the Insight, it's equipped with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine. The difference, in its case, is that it is equipped with an impressive 17 kWh battery.