2018 Honda Clarity Interior Review


Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Honda Clarity has a quality cabin with plenty of tech features, accommodating seats, and a good amount of cargo space. Functional elements like a push-button transmission shifter and a touch-only infotainment system may take some getting used to. However, most of the Clarity’s numerous features work well. Seating is comfortable all-around for passengers of average height. Cargo space varies based on the model.

  • "Entering the Clarity feels like stepping into a technologically advanced Accord. Thus, it's spacious, easy to see out of, and comes with material quality and fit and finish close to Acura territory." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The rest of the Clarity's cabin is also quite practical yet futuristic, with excellent fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In the Touring trim model I drove, matte-finish wood-look trim was a nice touch around the cabin, as was the soft suede-like material on dashboard and door panels." -- CNET


The Clarity comes standard with cloth upholstery and heated front seats. In all but the base trim, the Clarity comes with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

There’s seating for five, which isn’t always a given for hybrid and electric vehicles. Up front, the Clarity has comfortable seats with plenty of head- and legroom. The rear seats have an average amount of space for a midsize car. Most passengers will be fine, but those over 6 feet tall may have trouble getting comfortable in the second row. 

For installing child seats, the Clarity has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat.

  • "With 5-passenger seating and a roomy trunk, the 2018 Clarity Plug-in has more interior space than many of its competitors." -- New York Daily News
  • "There is humongous room, with seating for five full-size people in two rows. … There's even headroom in back for full-size adults." -- Autoweek
  • We give the Clarity's front seats high marks for offering excellent comfort and support. There's also plenty of head, shoulder and leg room for front-seat passenger. The rear bench offers good legroom for outboard passengers, but headroom can be tight for those over six-feet-tall." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a USB port. In all but the base trim, the Clarity comes with navigation, voice recognition, and a feature that allows you to cool or warm your car before you get into it (similar to remote start, but for climate controls). 

The Clarity’s infotainment system has sharp graphics, but it can be sluggish in responding to inputs. Also, the lack of physical controls for audio adjustments (like volume and tuning) can be distracting out on the road. Still, the system utilizes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving smartphone users a familiar interface for using apps already on their phone. The available navigation system is intuitive, providing images to aid in navigating you to your destination.

Standard safety features include a multiangle rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera. Rear parking sensors are available in all models.

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  • The Clarity's roomy and luxurious cabin sports standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, but someone forgot the volume and tuning knobs on the 8-inch high-resolution color display." -- New York Daily News
  • "The navigation system maps in the Clarity PHEV look big and colorful, showing traffic flow and landmarks. I was impressed when, under route guidance, the system showed a photographic image of a freeway junction. That image helped me recognize where I needed to turn, but the system only gives that sort of detail for some areas." -- CNET
  • The 8-inch touchscreen in the Clarity offers good resolution, be we found it to be a little laggy in operation with a split-second delay between our input and the system responding." -- Left Lane News


Cargo capacity depends on the model. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is above average for a midsize car. That number drops to 14.3 cubic feet in the all-electric version or 11.8 cubic feet in the Clarity Fuel Cell. Interior storage is impressive, with a generously sized center console bin and sizable door pockets.

  • Trunk space is good at 15.5 cubic feet, but that trails the cargo room offered by the Prius Prime." -- Left Lane News
  • "At 15.5 cubic feet, the Clarity plug-in's cargo area is midsize appropriate, nearly as large as the 2018 Honda Accord's. That figure is also nearly double the size of the Ford Fusion Energi's trunk and about 50 percent more commodious than the luggage space in the Chevy Volt, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in, and the Kia Optima Plug-in." -- New York Daily News
  • "The Clarity is even quite practical with generous door pockets and a large storage area beneath the gear selector." -- Left Lane News

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