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Picked Up My New 2019 Honda Clarity Yesterday. Could This Car Be My Best Purchase Ever?

After coming back from our Memorial Day weekend adventure in Palm Springs yesterday morning, I headed over to Rancho Santa Margarita Honda to check out the colors that the Honda Clarity comes in. Though I’d pretty much decided on the Modern Steel Metallic (a dark gray) they had a silver with black interior and a green with tan interior on the lot.

I bought the green with tan interior, a green they call Moonlit Forest Pearl. “Oh, how romantic,” I thought sarcastically. But it was the color my wife, Michelle Lamb, said she loved weeks ago when we first test-drove a Clarity, but which I rejected because of the tan interior and its tendency to get filthy quickly. Since Michelle does color specification for major companies (including automotive) I trust her judgement. Plus I did love the color too!’

I’ll reiterate what I said in this post 10 days ago about why I made the decision to buy this car and what a great deal I got on it:

  • Honda Clarity EV: This is the car. It is SO much more comfortable than either the Hyundai Kona or Tesla Model 3. We opted for the Touring trim (better sound system; leather seats; etc.). Though the EV range is only 47 miles, that will cover our day-to-day driving. For longer trips the Clarity’s Hybrid Mode — where the battery augments the gas use for longer trips with EPA rating of 110MPGe — means we’ll have 90% of our use on electric, and the rest with excellent gas mileage (when the battery is depleted, the combined city/highway MPG = 42).
    • Sticker price for the Touring trim = $37,520
    • My price after $6,000 Honda discount = $30,861 (offer details)
    • Federal tax rebate = $7,500
    • Effective car cost = $23,361 (plus tax, license, registration, etc.)

Of course I drove it around a bunch last evening, came home and sat in the car reading the manual, setting up the Homelink garage door opener, and downloading the HondaLink app and configuring it. Yes, I think this will shape up to be my best purchase ever (well … at least my best car purchase yet!). I’ll post something in a few months after I have more time with the car.

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5 Comments

  1. remaincomm on May 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Love it…with the exception of the fender skirts. Why, Honda, Why???



  2. Stephen Downes on May 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I bought a Clarity last year, basically the same design and trim. I would definitely do the same thing again. Welcome to the Clarity club.



  3. Steve Borsch on May 29, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks Stephen! Glad to be a member…



  4. Steve Borsch on May 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    For those of us who love to wear skirts Phil, I resemble that remark. 😉

    Seriously though, it is the one thing I dislike (though totally understand why as it comes to the physics of moving a big car like that through air). That said though, the darker colors really mask it nicely and make it much less goofy.



  5. alan geeves on May 30, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I know your rules are different to here but having to claim tax back on a car purchase sounds so much like the cash back offer from your favorite tyre company. Why not just put less sales tax on it from the start?



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