2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

With the growing global consciousness towards Environment and Eco_Friendly Cars, one of the popular choices to the ordinary Gasoline fuel has come up to be Hydrogen. Honda was among the first Car makers to invest big on Hydrogen and make it usable for the mass market. They introduced this technology in the revolutionary FCX Clarity, way back in 2008.

In the Modern day, Honda figured out on how to proceed with the Lineage of the FCX Clarity by adapting to the modern day’s needs and demands. With that in mind, honda has introduced the All New 2017 Honda Clarity FCV. With a $369 36 Month Lease, $2499 due at marking value, the 2017 Clarity FCV is evaluated intensely against its chief adversary the Toyota Mirai. Accessible in only California until further notice, the Clarity gets a considerable rundown of standard highlights that will keep the inhabitants involved inside.

Fueling the 2017 Clarity is a Permanent magnet Synchronous Electric Motor that belts out 174hp and 221lbs.- ft. Of torque. The Motor gets its capacity from the Electricity generated from a 364V Li-Ion Battery pack that is created by transformation of Hydrogen stored in a 5.6kg Fuel tank.

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Fuel Efficiency Figures

Spirited Handling

Feature stacked Interiors

Strong performance from Motors

Nil Tail Pipe Emissions


Uninspiring Exteriors

Available only in California and at Lease for now

What's New?

The Car is All New for 2017

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Crimson Pearl

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Trims and Configurations


 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Base




Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (electric DD) Starting at $58,490 MSRP TBD hydrogen
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review

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The developing rage and mindfulness for Eco- Friendly vehicles prompted the advancement of New Technologies and new sources of fuel. Hydrogen came up to be the best Alternative among all the options. The 2017 Honda Clarity FCV comes controlled by a Permanent Magnet electric Motor churning out 174hp and 221lbs.- ft. Of torque. Accessible in only one trim and in California at a rent for $369 for three years with $2,499 due at installment, the Clarity emanates nothing from its tail pipe and gives more than 360 miles range.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Features

Features and Trims

The 2017 Honda Clarity FCV, unlike its PHEV or EV cousins comes in just one trim. That being said, it's loaded with a whole plethora of features both on the outside and the inside. You also get access to the HOV lane on most motorways as the Clarity is eligible for a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker.


Clarity FCV


$369 36 Month Lease, $2499 due at marking value


Rain Sensing Wipers


Body Colored Decklid Spoiler


LED Headlights with Auto On/Off, Turn indicators and Taillights


Heated Body Colored Power Side Mirrors


Dual Zone Auto Climate Control


Push Button Start


Leather Wrapped Steering with Tilt Telescopic Adjust


Auto Dimming Inside RVM


8 Touchscreen System with Applr Car Play, Android Auto, SiriusXM/HD Radio

In addition to all these, Honda Sensing comes in as standard which features Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation system, Adaptive Cruise Control with low Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist System.

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The Honda Clarity is currently being offered in only just 1 trim but it comes loaded with all the features that you would expect from a Car at this price point.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Engine

Acceleration is peppy around town, but highway passing power lacks gustoCars.USNews.com

Engine and Transmission

Underneath the hood of the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell rests an AC Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electric engine which gets its capacity from a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell that changes Hydrogen into Electricity and is put away in a 346V Li-Ion battery. The 33L Hydrogen Fuel tank is made of solid and lightweight Carbon Fiber that is mounted inside the edge of the Clarity. The Power Output of the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is appraised at 174hp wheel the Torque figures remain at 221ft.- lbs.

The Clarity FCV can be completely filled in less than 5 minutes like a customary gas fueled Car and the guidelines on the most proficient method to fill the equivalent are plainly referenced in the majority of the Hydrogen Filling stations.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell





Permanent magnet AC Motor

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Stack w/FCV Motor


1-Speed Automatic

1-Speed Automatic


151 hp

174 hp@ 4501rpm


247 ft-lbs

221 ft-lbs @0-3500rpm


The Transmission duties are handled by a Single Speed Fixed Direct Drive Transmission with Sport Mode and Shift by Wire. Now, this all terminology may seem confusing but they actually make life easier for us. The Sport mode provides additional boost, generated from the Regenerative Braking powered batteries while the Shift by Wire allows for controlled power transfer to the wheels. This reduces the wheel spin and adds to the traction provided to the wheels.


Honda has been known for making some of the absolute best driving vehicles in the market and the Clarity is no exemption. Being a Fuel Cell vehicle, the Clarity plainly pounds its most despised opponent, the Toyota Mirai by some extent. The Sub 10 second time of the Honda to do the 60MPH is something that even probably the best cars at a bargain can't accomplish and the 16.4 second quarter mile time is an even good time.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

0-60 MPH



Quarter mile




Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor

Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor


(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)



The Toyota Mirai is not a slow car in terms of the acceleration figures but against the Honda, it does fall short of a expectations. The 8.6 second time to 60MPH is a respectable time and makes the toyota stand apart from other sedans.

Ride and Handling

The 2017 Honda Clarity's ride comfort is like what other Vehicles in this value point offer. While driving on City streets and at City speeds, the suspension figures out how to splash up the minor breaks present out and about. It's the huge hindrances or potholes, where the suspension is by all accounts buckling down, to keep up the balance of the Clarity FCV.

In spite of being a Heavy Car, the Clarity feels simple to move around the city. While doing school zone rates or city speeds, the Clarity keeps up great levelheadedness. The Grip from the Tires is good while not best, in the class. The Suspension be that as it may, is by all accounts buckling down in keeping up a legitimate equalization of the Car while doing Motorway speeds.


As for braking execution, Honda doesn't have a great deal to brag about in this regard. The 129 ft. braking distance from 60MPH makes the Honda precisely tantamount to it's most despised rival-The Toyota Mirai. The Brakes themselves anyway are not drained of criticism. Neither do they feel supple or squishy in any manner of application. It's simply that the weight of the Honda is the thing that hauls it behind yet on an every day utilization, that won't be quite a bit of an issue.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

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Curb Weight (lbs.)



60-0 MPH (ft.)



One of the biggest positives of the Honda comes in the form of the Regenerative braking that stores the energy produced during braking and feeds it to the battery for charging. The Regenerative Braking is adjustable according to the level of requirement by the driver.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Fuel Economy

Honda's of the past have been celebrated for offering both frugality and performance and the Clarity unquestionably satisfies that name. With a sound 68MPG in general rating, the Clarity FCV scores high as far as offering eminent mileage and manages to eclipse its Gas fueled adversaries.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

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MPGe (highway)



MPGe (combined)



Combined Range(Miles)



The Clarity delivers this impressive mileage courtesy of some clever tech like an Efficient Heat pump, Eco Mode and multiple levels of regeneration from the powered brakes. The Toyota Mirai manages to catch the Clarity to some level but still has some ground to cover when compared to the Clarity.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Interior

Things are better inside, with a handsome and luxurious-feeling interior designTheCarConnection.com

Seating and Comfort

Regardless of being a FCV, the 2017 Honda Clarity is a truly a No Nonsense Car to live with. The Clarity can situate 5 individuals generally effectively while 4 individuals can situate with most extreme solace. Visibility is astounding from both the Front Glass and the side glass and travelers inside the equivalent won't whine about its size.

The Buttons have been put with a ton of thought and the vast majority, won't have much troubles in achieving the catches and understanding their utilization. The Seating position might be higher than most different vehicles in the portion to the vast majority yet this gives a telling perspective out and about in front.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

Passenger capacity



Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)




(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)



The Seat Comfort of the 2017 Honda Clarity is decent in most cases, with the seats having a very soft level of padding on them. This makes for a comfortable ride on short distances but gets tiring when doing longer trips. The Cabin of the Clarity is well insulated from the outside world and is a quiet place to be in.

Cargo Capacity

One of the few areas where the Honda gets trumped by the Toyota Mirai is in terms of the Cargo Space on offer. The Clarity however gets plenty of cubby holes and pockets on the doors and the instrument console that can fit in a variety of things of different shapes and sizes.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

Cargo Volume (ft.3)



Interior Features

The Infotainment System of the 2017 Honda Clarity, comes with a host of features that you would find in other cars of the segment as well. We do however have to say that the competitors offer a better layout for the interface of the Infotainment System and Honda needs to work on the same.

That being said, here are some of the few features, you will find inside the 2017 Clarity

  • Remote Climate Pre-Conditioning
  • Leather Trimmed Seating
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Driver's Seat with 8 way power adjust and 2 position memory
  • 4 way power adjust front passenger seat
  • Voice Recognition
  • Push Button start
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror with Home Link
  • Illuminated Power Window Switches with Auto Up/Down feature
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel Controls with Tilt and Telescoping adjust
  • 8 Touchscreen Infotainment System with 180W Audio System
  • Apple Car Play, Android Auto Compatibility with USB, AUX, HD Radio
  • Honda Link App connectivity to smartphones with iOS and Android

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Exterior

A prominent horizontal spoiler on the trunk lid disguises the otherwise rounded, falling-away lines of the rearTheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

Discussing the design of the 2017 Clarity, the front end of the Clarity looks like no other car in the Honda family. What will in general be diverse is the side profile and the Rear End. The Side profile seems to be like the Mirai and the side back bumper may not be satisfying to everybody's eye. In general, the structure looks occupied from all points however that won't make it an awful looking vehicle.


Toyota Mirai sedan

Honda Clarity fuel cell

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Ground clearance (in)



Wheelbase (in)



Talking of the Dimensions, the Clarity is very similar in size to its other sibling, the Honda Accord. It looks like a Tall Car from the Rear while the sloping roof line, does add some sporty appeal to the sedan. The Car has a good road presence and doesn't look small while compared to other cars.

Exterior Features

In terms of the Exterior Features on offer, Honda has offered plenty of Equipment on the outside of the Clarity that is in line with other Cars of the segment and adds a lot of convenience to the passengers as well. Some of the Standard Safety Features includes

  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Remote Entry
  • LED Taillights
  • Body Colored Deck lid Spoiler
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock
  • Body Colored Power Side Mirrors
  • Fin Type Roof Mounted Antenna
  • LED Turn Indicators
  • LED Headlights with Auto On/Off

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Safety

Honda has always prioritized on the safety provided in its Cars and the 2017 Clarity is no different. The Clarity, comes in with a whole host of Safety Features as Standard to offer complete peace of mind to the drivers and the passengers inside the cabin.

  • Some of the standard Safety Features inside the 2017 Clarity include
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Multi Angle Rear View Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Forward Collision, Lane Departure Warning
  • Collision mitigating braking system
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Driver's Knee Airbag and Front Side Airbags
  • LATCH for all rows
  • Child-Proof rear Door Locks

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Competition

Honda Clarity FCV vs. Toyota Mirai

It ought to be clarified that both Honda and Toyota have made a Big Stride in potentially demonstrating to us a future that includes Hydrogen as opposed to vehicles being charged in charging stations. The Honda Clarity was one of the initial couple of vehicles in the portion, to introduce the change with the Fuel Cell Technology in 2008. With the Current Generation of the Clarity, you get an increasingly unrivaled and refined power train and Fuel Cell Technology with considerably higher measure of efficiencies. Both the Honda and Toyota are similarly coordinated as far as what they offer yet in the event that you need to settle on a decision, it just comes down to the outsides and which one you like the most.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan Final Verdict

The first Honda Clarity FCX was the Flag Bearer of Hydrogen Powered Cars on the planet. It demonstrated the world that a Car powered by an Eco-Friendly, alternate source of fuel can be brought into large scale manufacturing and do well in reality. The 2017 Clarity FCV figures out how to keep up that genealogy in spite of the rising challenge from its opponents. In the event that you are an occupant of California and need a car that is enjoyable to drive, discharges nothing from its Tail pipe,doesn't make you hold up by taking long charging time and is commonsense, at that point there is no beating the 2017 Honda Clarity FCV.