Hybrid vehicles seem to be popping up everywhere in every shape and size. As the need for more environmentally friendly cars increases, Honda is creating ever more efficient vehicles. Once a clunky, un-impressive car for the eco-conscious, hybrid vehicles now come as stylish sedans, SUVs and more. As technology has advanced, hybrid vehicles have emerged as more powerful versions of their gas-guzzling siblings. Many hybrid vehicles boast more combined horsepower with instant torque to give the driver quick acceleration and superb handling and ride experience.
Fully electric vehicles are gaining traction but still present obstacles to the everyday driver, including high price tags and finicky operating functions. There is no back-up if you run out of juice, and charging them can take up valuable time. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles offer the best of both worlds. Regular hybrid vehicles allow for maximum fuel efficiency without you having to lift a finger. Plug-in hybrids, or PHEVs, offer even better gas mileage along with the ability to drive in all-electric mode, creating zero emissions. Honda has an impressive lineup of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, as well as in the emerging field of fuel cell technology.
Honda currently offers three ‘classic’ hybrid vehicles: Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda CR-V Hybrid, and the Honda Insight. The Honda Insight is available solely as a hybrid, while the Honda CR-V and Accord are also available with standard gas engines. Classic hybrids run on a combination of gas and battery power and work together to reduce the amount of gas needed to propel the vehicle forward. While you will never need to charge a hybrid vehicle, you cannot run long in a zero-emissions mode. These hybrid models are best for those looking for superior gas mileage, a no-hassle driving experience, and lower upfront costs (compared to a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle).
Since the Honda Insight was designed as an all-hybrid model, it gets the best gas mileage of the Honda Hybrid lineup at 52 combined mpg*. The Honda Accord Hybrid comes next with an impressive 48 combined mpg* with the Honda CR-V, as a larger SUV, still boasting 38 combined mpg*.
For those who love the Honda Accord, the 2021 Accord Hybrid is a great option that will feel familiar in every way except that you will make fewer trips to the pump. Opt for the CR-V Hybrid if you need a little more cargo room, some off-road capabilities, or like to sit up higher when you drive. Both the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Honda CR-V Hybrid offer an EV drive mode that will allow you to travel a minimal distance on battery power alone. Ideal for parking or pulling into your driveway silently.
The Honda Insight is a stylish new addition to the Honda lineup. It is the smaller of the hybrids, by a couple of inches compared to the Accord, and is geared for economical driving. Great for fitting into tight city parking and maximizing efficiency, the Honda Insight does not offer an EV mode.
Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)
The Honda Clarity PHEV is the first, and currently, only, plug-in hybrid offered by Honda. This sophisticated sedan gets 42 combined mpg** when using the hybrid powertrain. However, you also have the option to drive like an electric vehicle with EV mode engaged.
The difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is that you can go a significant distance in all-electric mode. The 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid boasts a class-leading 47-mile all-electric driving range.** You can efficiently drive to work or drop the kids off without using any gas or creating any emissions. While you will need to charge the battery when it gets depleted to drive without emissions, you don’t need to have it charged to drive. Once the all-electric battery is drained, the engine seamlessly shifts to the hybrid powertrain and will start to use gas, along with the battery, to power the vehicle.
When in hybrid mode, regenerative braking also works to recharge the battery as you drive. You can go up to 340 miles with the combined hybrid power**. Charge your Honda Clarity at home using a regular outlet, or charge on-the-go at any electric charging station.
The Honda Clarity is also available using fuel cell power. The Clarity Fuel Cell uses cutting-edge technology that converts hydrogen into electricity to power the electric drive motor, allowing you to drive with zero emissions all the time. You will need to visit hydrogen refilling stations, which work very similarly to gas stations, to replenish the hydrogen in your tank. Since this is a newer technology, you’ll want to make sure that there are hydrogen fueling stations where you are located. You can find them using the California Fuel Cell Partnership Map. There are many options in the Bay Area and Southern California, making the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell an exciting new option for zero-emission driving for California drivers.
Bay Area Clean Fuel Program
Hayward Honda participates in the Bay Area Clean Fuel Program that offers up to $1,500 off the purchase or lease of a new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) or Battery Electric vehicle (BEV). The vehicle must have a battery capacity above 5 kWh, and you must be a California resident. The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is currently eligible for this program.
California also offers up to $7,500 in tax rebates for purchasing a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Speak to the hybrid vehicle experts at Hayward Honda to learn more.
Hybrid vehicles have come a long way since their introduction in the late ’90s. There are now nearly endless options by size, powertrain, features, and offerings at every price level. Since they have been out for some time now, you can also find used and certified pre-owned Honda Hybrids for an even better value.
Visit Hayward Honda in Hayward, California, to learn more about all the hybrid options Honda currently offers. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in understanding the differences between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell technology. Located in the East Bay Area, Hayward Honda knows California drivers. You will find expert service and a friendly sales experience from our trained staff. Enjoy Honda quality, safety, and reliability, no matter what type of Honda you choose. Call or visit Hayward Honda today!
*EPA-estimated mpg rating based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. MPG varies by model and trim. 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. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov
**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. 240-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. based on 2021 EPA ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MOG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.