Honda Clarity, the Volt Challenger

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by bwilson4web, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Good to see you're enjoying your EV! :)
     
  2. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Tiralc, it actually does send the location to the onboard Nav. It's not intuitive, but you will see a little 'pin' icon at the top of the 8" display. You swipe down on that pin, and it opens the location you had just sent. Then it's simply a case of selecting that destination for your trip.

    I'm not having some of the issues others are having with the app. I actually find it functional and quite useful.
     
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  3. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    It may depend on the phone you use. My Galaxy S5 isn't listed in the compatibility list. Which phone do you have?
     
  4. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    I've got the iPhone X. Have you checked to see if you have that 'pin' at the top of the display after sending a destination? It's really easy to miss.
     
  5. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Oh, they surely can be, they're called Teslas. :)

    I think the styling on my Tesla certainly beats out our new Clarity, it's just beautiful by almost all accounts, but I absolutely disagree with some of the reviews that call the Clarity styling 'ugly'. I just don't see that at all. I'd call the Clarity 'aggressively handsome'.
     
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  6. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

    I couldn't agree more, and just about want to scream at the reviewers. Worse yet, 90% of the time, they are PO'd about the rear fender skirts - as if that were some devil horns - GET OVER IT.
     
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  7. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    I'm with you. Exterior looks aren't that important to me unless they are particularly displeasing to my eye (current Leaf, big scoops of the Toyota Maira). But I think our new Clarity is quite good looking. The fender skirts are just no big deal to me. I like the front end and the back end.

    This is all a matter of personal taste. But when I read peoples comments about it being ugly I'm waiting for them to describe something in particular but they don't. They mention the headlights but not what they like or don't like about them.

    I think it's a classy looking car.
     
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  8. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    Yes I do see the pin and did the pull down swipe. Thanks for pointing that out.

    What bothers me is I've learned that the HondaLink features are free for 3 months, then there is a charge after that. I like the remote features but really an annual fee! Come on Honda don't bleed us for features of an app that barely work to begin with. I'm really opposed to fixed monthly or annual costs or so called subscriptions.

    The one main feature I'd like to have is the Find My Car feature in case the car is stolen. I'll have to look into the long term cost of the HondaLink service vs LoJack or one of the other car finder tools.
     
  9. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

    Consider hiding a TrackR in the car for location services on the cheap.
     
  10. loomis2

    loomis2 Well-Known Member

    I thought it was three years, not three months.
     
  11. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

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  12. loomis2

    loomis2 Well-Known Member

    Our Nissan Leaf has something similar called NissanConnect which was supposed to be free for the first three years but Nissan extended it. The app is the ONLY way to access remote climate control for the car. I love the fact that the Clarity key fob has a dedicated button so I don't need the app.

    In fact, when I started the HondaLInk app it said I had to call a phone number and get a code to access the Clarity through the app so I haven't even used it yet.
     
  13. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    The only problem is that the key fob is limited in terms of distance, whereas the app is not. In my case that's a major issue in that I'm often beyond the fob distance when I want to start preheating the car.
     
  14. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    Also the fob climate is a manual operation. We have the HondaLink set up to start the HVAC @ 7:10 am Mon-Fri. Very handy
     
  15. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    Toyota's Entune/Toyota Connect on my former Prius PHEV was a waste - the climate feature rarely, if ever, worked. We'll see how well it works for Honda. For those who are new to PHEVs, the Clarity will take some time getting used to - just as Prius PHEV or Volt did for their initial owners.

    Having a PHEV for 5 years now and a BEV for 3, it's only a matter of getting used to some of this car's unique features.

    I've used some gas, but that's the reason I got the car. I can if I need to. I drove up into the mountains (from about sea level to 4800ft) on Friday to see what that trip would be like. While the EV range suffered - I got only 34 miles, I almost made my destination on EV. I regenerated almost 17 miles on the way back down - that was pretty impressive to me considering the trip down the mountain was only about 35 miles. However, I had to use gas for that part of the trip - I suspect not that much because it was almost all downhill. I haven't yet hooked up my ScanGauge II to get to some of the other data that people might find useful, but now that the holidays are (almost) over, I should have some extra time to dig a little deeper into the system.
     
  16. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    No kidding. Getting used to it is an interesting transition. First there are obvious things like the cup holder is much better in the Clarity than our 2015 Prius. Then the main gauge cluster is right in front of me where I want it. I never did like the dash centered gauges of the Prius. But some changes are more subtle.

    I was driving the Clarity recently and thinking there was something I would have to pay attention to in the Prius that is gone in the Clarity. Then it dawned on me that I had become quite sensitive about going over 41 mph in the Prius. It was at that point that the ICE would kick on and stay on. The Clarity has no such limit as it is EV through and through. It's just easier to drive.

    I also paid a lot of attention to the average mpg in the Prius. But the clarity is always 199 mpg since around town we never have to use the engine. We have our 240V EVSE now so charging is really quick. After a 30 mile trip around town we just plug in when we get home. Almost anytime we are likely to spend a couple of hours at home before striking out so the battery is 100% again. We're making 50+ mile days all on EV. I can easily see us going for three or four weeks at a time on EV alone before we take a longer trip. No range anxiety.

    For sure, as you said bfd, changing from a hybrid to a PHEV is different, but really it's just easier.

    Today our solar system was switched on. For the first time we charged the car with solar energy. Even better.
     
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  17. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    Yay! That's a good feeling, indeed. Congrats. It's fun to watch the meter roll backwards.
     
  18. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

     
  19. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    I get "video is unavailable" message.
     
  20. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    Domenick I looked into this and can't find anything that prevents you viewing it. Can you check again to see if it is working or not please?
     
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