Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid

July 28th, 2018 by

2019 Honda Insight Side View

If you’re shopping for a hybrid vehicle, you may have seen the terms Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. But what is a Plug-In Hybrid? Both vehicles use a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered by gasoline and an electric motor, but a hybrid vehicle derives most of its power from the gasoline engine and uses the electric motor to offset the strain in order to improve fuel economy. A Plug-In Hybrid, on the other hand, operates solely as an electric vehicle at all speeds and uses the engine only as a backup generator to recharge the battery when it depletes. A hybrid and plug-in hybrid will appeal to different drivers for different reasons, and Honda has a line up of both!

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Choosing to go with a plug-in hybrid is the best option when you want to drive a vehicle with the best fuel economy. The Clarity will operate purely on electric power for a range of 47 miles, covering many drivers’ daily commutes. And for the times when you exceed that range, the engine and motor together earn a 340-mile range rating and a 110-mile combined gas-electric fuel economy rating.* To fully recharge the battery, you will need to access a 240-volt charger or a standard 120-volt charger.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug In Hybrid Charging

Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid is the epitome of comfort and falls within the Accord’s model lineup. In addition to a long list of comfort, technology, and safety features, the Accord Hybrid features a 3 Mode Driving System including Econ, Sport, and EV mode. With a horsepower at 212, the Accord Hybrid achieves excellent fuel economy estimated at 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined mpg.**
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Red Driving

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight takes its size and design cues from the ever-favorite Honda Civic. Compact and sporty, the Insight features the same 3 Mode Driving System — and according to Car and Driver, it’s “a joy to drive around town.” It will earn an estimated 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.***
2019 Honda Insight Red On Street

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the Honda Clarity Plug-In, Accord Hybrid, and Insight by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Mid-Michigan Honda dealer. Explore our current offers and sit behind the wheel of the model that’s right for you with a test drive today!

*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

***55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.