The 2021 Honda Clarity is a midsize family sedan that’s offered in two versions at dealerships like the Yerba Buena Honda dealer: a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or a hydrogen fuel cell model called the Clarity Fuel Cell. The latter is only available in California, as it’s the only state with the infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel. California drivers can lease the hydrogen fuel-cell model for three years and receive a credit for up to $15,000 worth of fuel. We’ll examine the fuel cell model in this review.
Before we go over the details of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, we should note that Honda will be ending production of the Clarity in August 2021. However, according to the Yerba Buena Honda dealership, the model will be available to lease through 2022, making this an excellent opportunity to drive a Clarity.
The automotive media gives the 2021 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell great reviews. CarBuzz writes:
“The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell shows why hydrogen fuel cell technology, although not brand new, is deserving of more recognition in the USA. Toyota paved the way for hydrogenized vehicles with the Mirai, and Honda followed suit with the Clarity Fuel Cell, offering better fuel consumption and an impressive 360-mile range on nothing but the most abundant gas in the Earth’s atmosphere.”
According to Car and Driver, the Clarity Fuel Cell can get to 60 mph from off the line in 8.1 seconds, faster than its Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai rivals. The driver will appreciate the Clarity’s compliant ride and the quiet cabin that’s shielded from road and wind noise.
Standard features include 18-inch alloys, keyless entry with push-button start, LED headlights, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats with memory, a head-up display, and a hydrogen refueling station locator. The infotainment setup comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, SiriusXM radio, HD Radio, Pandora, Bluetooth, a navigation setup, two USB ports and two 12-volt power outlets.
Driver-assist features that come standard include lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.