Hello everyone, I dug around the forum for a post similar to this one, and I haven't been able to find anything dedicated to answering the question of why you bought a Honda Clarity. Introduction I'm something of a layman to the EV/Green car revolution so do forgive my ignorance or approach toward any questions which I may pose to the site. I actually found this forum via Reddit's r/Clarity and I'm very glad I did. I'm grateful the community here is very enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable of our model PHEV! In my post I am going to provide the wordy story of what led me to purchasing the car, along with a TL;DR summary. Feel free to reply as you see fit! I intend on doing a separate post for my review of the Clarity after one month of ownership. For now though, I'd like to understand what may have motivated others to making their purchase. Car Purchase Story To tell you a little of my back story, I am coming from long line of Honda and Acura ownership ranging from two Acura Legends, one Honda Prelude and two Acura RSX's. You could probably say I am biased toward Honda quite a bit. The Clarity is my first ever new car purchase, and it surprises me to consider how quickly I pulled the trigger on purchasing the car. Prior to this vehicle I have only ever driven cars 5+ years old. Necessity drove me to purchase a newer vehicle, as my most recent Acura was rear-ended which resulted in minor rear bumper damage. Family safety concerns and a long daily commute were also high on my consideration list for getting a more modern vehicle. While waiting for my Acura to be repaired, I had the opportunity to drive a couple different rentals which gave me some inspiration toward purchasing a newer, or later model used vehicle. I initially fell in love with the Volvo 2018 S60 and later the 2017/2018 S90. The S60 is a fun mid-size sedan with lots of creature comforts, and the S90 is a beautiful executive class sedan. The 2018 S90 was my first experience with semi-autonomous driving featuring lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. I really feel that Volvo has some top notch technology packed into these vehicles and was blown away by tech due to my previous nil exposure to such features. Unfortunately for me, Volvo is a pretty expensive brand. I ultimately decided the high cost for a slightly used or new Volvo wasn't in my budget. Plus these cars pose a high cost of ownership and higher depreciation factor than I felt comfortable with long term budgeting for. Finally, the death knell for the Volvo was that my rental S60, which I had for about two weeks, experienced a strange exterior trim defect (made in China, anyone?) which left me further second guessing the brand quality. Next I drove a rental 2018 Nissan Murano. Well made, comfortable, but kinda boring for my tastes. Also, I don't desire an SUV. I did also look at the 2018/2017 Nissan Maxima and Altima for comparison's sake. I have to say, the Maxima is a very well designed vehicle and is fun to drive...but for a modern car with not that great fuel economy and requiring premium fuel, I decided it wouldn't be a good fit. Meanwhile, the Altima just felt like a poorer man's compromise and I was unimpressed. Other brands considered... BMW (pricey, unknown reliability and my lack of experience with the brand). Hyundai..test drove the Elantra. Nice ride, comfortable and well made, but some of the on board tech felt dated. Additionally, their semi-autonomous glitched out a few times during the test drive. Finally, looking at the depreciation factor on this brand, they drop quickly. Didn't seem worth it for me. Subaru; drove the Impreza sedan and sport hatchback - they make the Clarity feel fast and more dynamic to drive, even with AWD. Also, the interior while "nice" felt very cheap. 'Nough said. Back to Honda.. Last year, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback was my personal halo car. I test drove a few different Civics Hatches last year and another this year and got serious about a used 2017 Hatch being privately sold on Craigslist but decided against it in the end. The Civic is a brilliant car, but I see them everywhere down here. Also, the ride quality isn't as smooth as I'd like for long drives. They're also quite small, and I am a tall dude (this is only ironic because I've driven RSX's for the past six years). So on to the 2018 Accord for this year...Drove two and while they are enjoyable I wasn't really inspired enough to want to purchase it new (or even last year's style). So how did I get to a Hybrid EV...? At this point I would like to pause my story and explain that I have a coworker who purchased a 2015 Accord Hybrid a few months ago and gave me the chance to take it for a spin as a "thank you" for helping her decide on a car purchase. After a spin around the business park in the 2015 Accord Hybrid tuned to sport mode, I have to say this was the moment I began to take Hybrid vehicles seriously. Responsive, fun, sporty, stylish and fuel economical...WHAT? She paid a fair price for it in 2017, which had me equally impressed for the car's value holding power that only a Honda can carry from my experience. Somewhere in the back of my mind the Clarity echoed this eureka moment. Rewinding back three weeks, I visited my local Honda dealer and was perusing their showroom nonchalantly. Its nice to walk around the showroom at dealerships solo because I find the sales people are less aggressive and more apt to let you peruse at your leisure. They had a Clarity in the showroom, hanging out at their main entrance. A Solar Silver Touring build. I sat in the driver's seat and scoped out the interior, impressed by the design and form. I went home, and started doing my homework. After seeing several reviews of the car I began to take it seriously. Great fuel economy? Check. Cool modern technology? Check. Check. Reasonable cost? (After the $7500 Tax Rebate) Check. Check. Check. I popped back into Honda a week later and drove a White Clarity Touring, it was nice. I asked for the Solar Silver and beat them down on the price below MSRP and was satisfied with the deal. They loaned me the car for the day to take to my wife for approval and later that day it was a done deal. So why did I get a Clarity (TL;DR Summary)? Great personal history with the Honda brand. Modern car which will hopefully be long term cost effective. Well designed, comfortable and unique to my taste. Tax savings to offset tax cost and perhaps first year depreciation. It was time for a newer, safer and more modern ride. I look forward to reading your replies!!