Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid

July 24th, 2018 by

2018 Honda Clairty Plug In Hybrid parked in front of restaurant

If you’re shopping for a hybrid vehicle, you may have come across plug-in hybrids. But what is a plug-in hybrid? Both types utilize a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, but a hybrid mainly relies on the engine for its primary source of power, using the motor to offset some of the strain in order to improve fuel economy. A plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, operates solely as an electric vehicle and uses the engine only as a backup generator to recharge the battery after it has been depleted. A hybrid and plug-in hybrid will appeal to different drivers for different reasons, and Honda offers both types in its lineup!

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid appeals to many drivers because it achieves the best fuel economy. The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will operate solely on electric power for a range of 47 miles, which covers many drivers’ daily commutes. For the times when you travel longer distances, the engine and motor together have a 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating and a 110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating.* The Clarity will need to be recharged but there two convenient ways to plug-in, using either a 240-volt or 120-volt charger.

2018 Honda Clairty Plug In Driving on the highway
2018 Honda Clarity Plug In Charging

Honda Accord Hybrid

Traditional hybrid vehicles appeal to drivers because of their convenience. You won’t have to recharge the battery, just refill the tank at a regular gas station. The Honda Accord Hybrid is comfortable, well-equipped, and features a 3 Mode Driving System: Econ, Sport, and EV mode. With 212 horsepower, the Accord Hybrid achieves excellent fuel economy estimated at 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined mpg.**

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid parked with the city in the background
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Touch Screen

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is another hybrid option to consider, one that Car and Driver says is “a joy to drive around town.” It takes its design cues from the Civic, making it more compact and sporty than the Accord Hybrid. The Insight also employs the 3 Mode Driving System and it achieves an estimated 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.***

2019 Honda Insight parked on side of street
2019 Honda Insight Couple Driving

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid, and the Insight by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Montana Honda dealer. Explore our current offers and sit behind the wheel of the model that’s right for you with a test drive today.

*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.
**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 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.