The Drive gives positive review of "Frumpy" Clarity PHEV

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

  1. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    The Drive drove the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in NYC and liked almost everything but its looks.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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
     
  7. dstrauss

    dstrauss Well-Known Member

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

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