As the automotive industry has evolved and advanced over the years, so have the priorities and desires of consumers as they search for new automobiles. Among their changing demands, many car shoppers, including Mid-Michigan drivers, now want something beyond the latest technologies and luxury amenities; they want an eco-friendly automobile. Ever at the ready and ever at the cutting edge, Honda has complied with the green desires of its customers by providing exceptional hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles that boast both eco-conscious efficiency and some of the very latest comforts and features the auto industry has to offer.
Honda is calling this model the “no-compromise hybrid” because it simply refuses to make sacrifices from power and efficiency to standard features and safety technologies the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid does not make any concessions.
It’s all about teamwork under the hood as the Honda Accord Hybrid manages a lithium-ion battery, in-line 4-cylinder engine, and AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor to produce 212 total system horsepower at 6200 rpm.* Needless to say, quick acceleration will never be an issue.
Intelligent engineering is a hallmark of every Honda vehicle and the 2019 Accord Hybrid is proof positive, equipped with technology that promotes both power and efficiency. A 3-mode driving system works in conjunction with the Eco Assist System making real-time adjustments to the performance of the engine, continuously variable transmission (E-CVT), cruise control, and climate control system in order to improve fuel economy. When it’s all said and done, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid achieves a remarkable, EPA-estimated 48 mpg across the board: city, highway, and combined.*
At the end of the day, this Honda hybrid still bares the legendary Accord name, which means high-quality craftsmanship, reliable performance, and outstanding value retention. As it was previously mentioned, the 2019 Accord Hybrid refuses to compromise, so even the base model includes features like deceleration selectors, auto high-beam headlights, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, 16.7 cu ft of trunk space, and the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive technologies.
With the flexibility to use electricity and/or gasoline, the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is bringing its eco-friendly style to all 50 states. It joins the Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Electric (limited availability) to complete Honda’s series of alternative fuel options. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers drivers a premium-equipped sedan that doesn’t compromise performance or comfort for driving range–it has it all.
With a 47-mile EPA rated all-electric range,* Clarity has the highest range of any plug-in hybrid sedan on the market. The all-electric range is perfect for daily commutes, while the hybrid powertrain is optimal for long-distance travel– capable of an EPA rated 340-mile range with combined gas-electric.*
The 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid offers premium standard features for drivers to utilize. Safety features take the form of driver-assistive technologies, which includes the Honda Sensing® suite, LED exterior lighting, and more. Entertainment and convenience is offered through an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, Smart Entry with push-button start, and a wealth of other features. Opting for the Touring trim adds even more premium features.
The 2019 Honda Clarity Electric sedan may only be currently available for lease to drivers in California and Oregon, but it offers a view of what Honda is capable of, as well as their overall vision of vehicles to come.
This all-electric model can be fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts, and it can reach an 80 percent charge with a DC fast charging system in a mere 30 minutes. The 2019 Clarity Electric has an EPA range of 89 miles on a full charge,* which is more than enough for many drivers to complete their daily commute, and then some. Full electric-only miles-per-gallon of gasoline-equivalent are rated at 126 city, 103 highway, and 114 combined MPGe.*
Not to be mistaken for its Clarity siblings (Plug-In Hybrid and Fuel Cell), the electric model features an unforgettable light signature with LED headlights and LED taillights, a low profile, and an exclusive 18-inch wheel design. However, its cabin offers the same characteristics found on board the other Clarity models when it comes to comfort, safety, interior space, and entertainment tech. This means features like the Honda Sensing® suite, Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated leather seats all come standard equipped.
The advancements in the 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell are the result of 20 years of Honda research and development. A fuel cell vehicle (FCV), such as the Clarity Fuel Cell, is a long-range all-electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell stack to create electricity on demand. This process combines hydrogen and oxygen inside its fuel cell and emits only water vapor.
While a fuel cell vehicle has much of the same basic driving functionality as a gasoline-powered vehicle, there are several things that set the Clarity Fuel Cell apart. Honda has taken its rich history in motorsports and combined it with fuel cell technology to bring you a vehicle that is fun to drive. Clarity has excellent performance and handling thanks to its high-torque electric motor, weight distribution and multi-link rear suspension. Rolling on 18-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels with exclusive low-rolling-resistant sport performance tires, the electric motor generates rapid acceleration the moment you press the accelerator. This on-demand power provides smooth takeoffs and an overall quieter drive. For more responsive acceleration, switch to Sport Mode with the touch of a button.
Although it’s an electric vehicle, there is never a need to “charge” the car with a plug. Instead, it can be simply refueled in three to five minutes at a hydrogen station. Since the Clarity has a 360-mile range rating*, the time between fill-ups is similar to what you would experience in a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle—except the Clarity produces zero emissions.
One of the biggest engineering breakthroughs of the 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell that’s unique among sedans is that the entire fuel cell powertrain fits under its hood. This frees up valuable cabin space for a spacious interior that fits five passengers, whereas some other fuel cell sedans can only fit four. There’s also 11.8 cubic feet of ample cargo space, due to the thoughtful placement of the hydrogen tanks. The 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is zero emissions with zero compromise, proving that an environmentally conscious vehicle doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort, performance, or ride quality.
The Honda Insight has always been a trailblazer within the hybrid segment. In fact, Insight was the first, available hybrid car on North American roadways. Consumers have seen three generations of the Honda Insight since 1999, with the first iteration coming in the form of a manual transmission, 2-door liftback. While this hybrid has experienced many changes over the past couple of decades, its core tenants of efficient performance, affordability, and innovative design have made Insight one of America’s top-selling compact hybrid cars.
So how does Insight achieve 151 total system horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque without sacrificing its superior fuel economy? Take a look under the hood of the 2020 Honda Insight:
Additional technology like the Eco Assist™ System, Deceleration Selectors, and a 3-Mode Driving System will not only help you maximize efficiency, but will also help you monitor your Insight’s performance.
As beautiful as it is efficient, the 2020 Honda Insight was built with aerodynamics in mind. The grille and engine designs reduce wind loss as well as a front bumper that limits wake. Insight’s flat floor design concept streamlines airflow underneath the vehicle and strakes minimize wake. The Insight’s trunk surface was designed to optimize aerodynamic performance, while the light treatment actually prevents airflow from entering the rear of the car.
Premium looks at an attractive price—and it just happens to be a hybrid—the 2020 Honda Insight blends refined power, styling, and performance for a driving experience you’ll have to see to believe. From its aerodynamic approach to its pioneering powertrain, Honda’s reputation for intelligent engineering remains unblemished for Insight’s 2020 model year.
Honda has a reputation for developing some of the most efficient vehicles of the past 40 years, so of course they were one of the first automakers to develop a hybrid hatchback and bring it to the drivers of Central Michigan in 1999.
Most drivers have accepted the reality that fuel prices are likely never going to drop back down to what they were even a few years ago, and that means many people are shopping around for hybrids. The Honda hybrid car lineup is one of the most interesting and diverse in Michigan, giving drivers like you access to fuel-efficient powertrains in a wide variety of vehicles—even a sports car.