The Drive gives positive review of "Frumpy" Clarity PHEV

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by insightman, Apr 14, 2018.

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  1. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    The Drive drove the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in NYC and liked almost everything but its looks.
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  3. Hi.Ho.Silver

    Hi.Ho.Silver Active Member

    Nice positive review. Pretty accurate except for the mistake about the ICE always running while in SPORT mode.
  4. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    He got 48-50 mpg in combined highway/city using using gas only. That's similar to my experience.
  5. Gearhead

    Gearhead Member

    I bet many people thought the automobile was a hideously ugly contraption compared to a horse 100+ years ago. We're now in a new world where the old auto priorities like 'exciting styling' and 'luxury' take a back seat to efficiency, safety/autonomy and connectivity. Form follows function so I expect the form to permanently evolve away from what we've become accustomed to. Frumpy? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
  6. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    I think the 2019 Insight is beautifully styled for a compact/midsized car. If that is an important criteria for a hybrid to sell, it should be a best seller for any car (55 mpg, fast acceleration, and excellent handling, what a breakthrough!). Unfortunately, buyers prefer poor handling, gas guzzling SUVs over excellent cars so I don't expect it to sell as well as it should.
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  8. Atul Thakkar

    Atul Thakkar Active Member

    Now a days people are looking for SUV so it will take time till efficient PHEV comes to market
  9. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

    No - it will take $4 gasoline prices to wake them up...

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