Hybrids vs. Plug-In Hybrids

July 31st, 2018 by

2018 Honda Clarity Charging

If you’re shopping for a new hybrid vehicle, you may have come across plug-in hybrids as well. But what is a plug-in hybrid? Both types use a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor to power the vehicle, but a hybrid derives more of its power from the engine and uses the motor to offset some of the strain to improve fuel economy. On the other hand, a plug-in hybrid operates solely as an electric vehicle, even at high speeds, and only uses the gasoline engine to regenerate power to the battery if it depletes. Different drivers will gravitate towards different hybrid types for different reasons, and Honda has both options in its lineup.

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid is a great option for drivers who want the best fuel economy. It can operate solely on electrical power for a range of 47 miles before the gasoline engine needs to kick in, which covers many drivers’ daily commutes. But for longer journeys, the Clarity earns a 340-mile range rating and a 110-mile combined gas-electric fuel economy rating.* To recharge the battery, drivers will need to plug the Clarity into a 240-volt orstandard 120-volt charger at home or work or at any EV charging station across the country.

Honda Accord Hybrid

A traditional hybrid is a great option for drivers who want great fuel economy with the same conveniences as owning a traditional gas-powered car. The Honda Accord Hybrid is a supremely comfortable and well-equipped sedan within the Accord model lineup. It features a 3 Mode Driving System and delivers 212 horsepower and achieves an estimated 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined mpg.**

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is another hybrid option for drivers and takes its design cues from the ever-popular Civic. The Insight features the same 3 Mode Driving System, which includes a sport mode, leading Car and Driver to call it “a joy to drive around town.” The Insight achieves an estimated 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.***

2018 Honda Clarity Plugin Hybrid
2019 Honda Insight Two motors

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid, and the Insight by contacting us or by visiting your nearest West 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.