2018 Honda Clairty Plug In Hybrid parked in front of restaurant

Getting everything you desire in your next new or pre-owned vehicle becomes a whole lot easier when you choose a model that runs on electric power. Honda’s hybrid lineup has plenty of options to choose from, but if you’re like the drivers who’ve reached out to us from the Capital Region, you’re probably wondering, “What is a Plug-In Hybrid?” It’s a fair question. According to the NY Daily News, “a recent Harris poll found that 67 percent of car buyers don’t know the difference” that distinguishes Hybrids vs. Plug-In Hybrids! Our friends and neighbors can rest assured: we’ll help you find the model that’s right for you. Read on to learn more about the options in Honda’s lineup.

What’s the Difference?

A Plug-In Hybrid vehicle is a model that runs either entirely or primarily on electric power, and can be recharged from any power outlet of sufficient strength. An example of a Plug-In Hybrid vehicle is the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, one of several new Clarity models available across the Capital Region. In contrast to the Clarity, classically designed models like the 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid recharge themselves using passive, gasoline-powered and regenerative methods as you drive. Although both types of vehicles use a combination of gasoline and electricity, Plug-In Hybrids more closely approximate the all-electric experience.

The differences that distinguish Hybrids vs. Plug-In Hybrids become even more obvious when we start to look at their fuel economy estimates. The Accord Hybrid gets 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway,* while the Insight Hybrid gets 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.** In clear contrast to both, a fully charged Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a gasoline-electric range of 340 miles, and an incredible all-electric range of 47 miles! For the best comparison, observe the Clarity Plug-In’s Gasoline-Electric Miles-Per-Gallon equivalent: 110 MPGe.***

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid parked with the city in the background
2019 Honda Insight parked on side of street

Test Drive a Honda Today!

Curious drivers can learn more about the features that separate Hybrids vs. Plug-In Hybrids by paying a visit to their local Capital Region Honda dealer. The Accord Hybrid, the Insight Hybrid, and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid are all available now at a dealership near you, and there’s never been a better time to see what they can do.

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
** 55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. 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.
***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. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.