Sport mode in base model?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by CAHorton, Apr 26, 2018.

To remove this ad click here.

  1. CAHorton

    CAHorton New Member

    I'm looking at getting a plug in Clarity. I don't need the electric seats, leather, or nav, so have been planning to get the base model. One thing that is not clear to me is whether the base has some flavor of sport mode, or none at all.

    Can someone clarify, and if it does not, what am I missing by not having it? I'm mostly doing work commuting, with the occasional longer trip. Thanks!
  2. To remove this ad click here.

  3. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    Modes are the same. Power trains are the same.
  4. CAHorton

    CAHorton New Member

    Thanks, I was reacting to the fact it's listed on the Honda web site as one of the differences between the base and touring, but I didn't see that mentioned in the reviews.
  5. S L .

    S L . Active Member

    For me the clarity's acceleration is pretty "sporty", but that's because I'm coming from a prius.
    megreyhair likes this.
  6. M.M.

    M.M. Active Member

    You'll get sport mode anyway, but in case you're curious: It slightly changes the throttle response (relatively subtle, not nearly as much as the difference between eco and sport in a Volt), claims to change the steering sensitivity (I couldn't really tell the difference in casual experiments), makes the regen level you select with the paddle shifters stick instead of resetting when you use the accelerator (this is the most useful feature), reduces the energy conservation on the climate control, and makes the car way quicker to kick in the ICE for extra power.

    In Eco mode the ICE only comes on for extra power if you push the gas pedal past the sort of "breakover" point near the floor. I don't like it, but as long as you're not stepping on it it's easy enough to avoid. In sport mode it won't use it for gentle acceleration, but the ICE starts up somewhere around halfway on the power meter/tachometer simulation gauge, so if you get even a little aggressive with the pedal you'll end up with the engine running.

    Personally, that last bit was tremendously disappointing to me, and I never use sport as a result. Even "normal" will make the car use the ICE before you've hit the breakover point on the pedal (or it might relate to how quickly you push it; haven't really used either that much, since if I wanted an ICE running I'd have bought a regular hybrid).
  7. To remove this ad click here.

  8. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    Just for comparison, a Ferrari Testarossa 0-60 with a V-12 engine is 5.5 sec (same as current 2.0 Accord) while the Clarity is 7.5 sec (Porsche 944 time was just under 9 sec when it first came out); Testarossa's 55-0 stopping distance is 117 feet while the Clarity's 60-0 distance is 118 feet, which is significantly better. In other words, the supercar that many of us old fogies dreamed of, was a bit faster than the Clarity and takes longer to stop. The Clarity would be considered a high performance sports car not so long ago (I know I'm dating myself with this comparison). The roads are exactly the same as then so...
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
    Lucien Mcleod likes this.

Share This Page