Should I Really Buy a Honda Hybrid?
Is it Time to Upgrade to a Hybrid?
As the Steve Miller Band so aptly observed in their timeless classic Fly Like an Eagle, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future…”. And as we get further away from its 1976 release, we realize how simple and true those lyrics really are. So, here we are in the year 2021, and we’ve come so far and evolved in so many different ways: music, philosophy, hybrid vehicle technology (just to name a few).
Not surprisingly, Honda has been at the forefront of this ever-evolving hybrid technology with an impressive line that includes vehicles like the new Honda CR-V Hybrid, the Honda Accord Hybrid, the Honda Insight, and the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid or Clarity Fuel Cell. Since the emission-reducing CVCC engine was introduced by Honda just 2 years prior to that aforementioned Steve Miller Band hit, the engineers at Honda have been laser-focused on fuel economy and low-emission innovation.
So, is it finally time to upgrade your vehicle to a new Honda hybrid? Read on to find out all the reasons we think it is.
Fuel Economy of the Honda Hybrid Line
If saving money at the pumps is important to you (and it should be with how quickly this expense adds up), then the fuel efficiency of the 2021 line of Honda hybrids will surely impress. Let’s break down each individual model and trim to show you just how far a tank of gas can get you.
The new 2021 Honda Insight is a truly remarkable machine with features that should excite every Charlotte driver. Equipped with an electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT), a hybrid powertrain and the latest streamlined aerodynamics that optimize airflow in and around the car, this highly efficient Honda will keep you on the North Carolina roads and away from the pumps. There are 3 models and below is the fuel economy ratings (or mpg rating) for each:
Honda Insight LX and EX MPG Rating
55 / 49 / 52 (city / highway / combined)
Honda Insight Touring MPG Rating
51 / 45 / 48
Honda Accord Hybrid
The new 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid has come a long way since its introduction in 2006. The Accord Hybrid is now powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an Eco Assist™ system that reduces the carbon emissions significantly. This Accord Hybrid also features the most advanced iteration of the two-motor hybrid powertrain combined with the same e-CVT transmission as the Insight. With a high-resolution display system, you can view just how efficient this model is in real-time and compare each trip to the below-rated fuel economy.
Honda Accord Hybrid and Hybrid EX MPG Rating
48 / 48 / 48
Honda CR-V Hybrid
The 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid might be the most versatile hybrid ever made. This engineering marvel will catch the eye of all your Charlotte neighbors and make you the talk of the town (in a good way). With a DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle engine and 3 different driving modes (ECON, Sport, and EV) this compact hybrid SUV is fun to drive whether you’re cruising around town or packing up the family for a weekend vacation in the mountains upstate. The new Honda CR-V Hybrid comes in 3 trim levels to fit perfectly with your overall aesthetic and budget. All 3 get the same fuel efficiency with the following mpg ratings:
Honda CR-V Hybrid MPG Rating
40 / 35 / 38
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
These two Honda hybrid models may look similar on the outside, but they both utilize two very different, very innovative hybrid technologies under the hood. The 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid uses high-powered batteries to power an electric motor and gasoline to power an internal combustion engine, while seamlessly switching between the two depending on how much electricity is stored at any given time. This allows it to emit far less greenhouse gas and get an incredible fuel efficiency rating.
The 2021 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell offers zero driving emissions with a fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity. This is the latest hybrid technology from Honda and is only available through leasing. It also requires North Carolina drivers to fill up at designated Hydrogen filling stations. This vehicle is the way of the future and you can feel great driving around town with such an environmentally friendly car that gets the following eye-popping fuel economy ratings:
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Touring MPG Rating
44 / 40 / 42
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell MPG Rating
68 / 67 / 68
Additional Hybrid Features
All hybrid models are equipped with the latest Honda technology and top-class safety features you’ve come to expect from our engineers. Every hybrid vehicle comes with Honda Sensing with safety and driving assistive features including adaptive cruise control, a road departure mitigation system, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ that allows you and your family to feel safe at all times. While each of these specific models has its own perks, every one of these hybrids has an impressive list of standard features with the option of upgrading to Touring and EX-L level features as well.
Should I Buy a Honda Hybrid?
With such varying hybrid options from our most efficient compact hybrid vehicle (Honda Clarity Fuel Cell) to our most versatile hybrid SUV (Honda CR-V Hybrid), there are a growing number of options to fit you and your family’s needs. Whether you’re environmentally focused and just want to do your part in saving the planet, or you have more money-saving motives backing your decision, the Honda hybrid line has a lot to offer.
So, don’t let time slip too fast into the future before contacting our team at Hendrick Honda of Charlotte about our impressive inventory of hybrids. Come in and set up a test drive today to see what all the buzz is about!
MPG Disclaimer: Based on 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