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2019 Honda Clarity Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2019 Honda Clarity has a handsome, well-designed cabin. The front seats are roomy, and the back seats are typically sized for the class, but a lack of physical controls makes the infotainment system tough to use.

  • "A back-to-back drive in the Clarity Plug-in and the Prius Prime (or most other plug-in hybrids) will reveal a car that's far more civilized. There's less road and wind noise, the engine is quieter when it kicks in, the ride is more comfortable and the cabin has superior materials and a richer vibe. It also can legitimately seat five people, unlike the Prius Prime and the Chevy Volt, making it a more viable choice for family use." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2018)
  • "The rest of the Clarity's cabin is also quite practical yet futuristic, with excellent fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Seating

The Clarity can seat five people. Cloth upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The front seats have ample head- and legroom, while the rear seats have a typical amount, meaning taller passengers may feel cramped in the back. For securing child car seats, this sedan has two sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats and a third tether for the rear 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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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[s]. The rear bench offers good legroom for outboard passengers, but headroom can be tight for those over six-feet-tall." -- Left Lane News (2018)

Interior Features

The base plug-in hybrid Clarity features an 8-inch touch screen, Pandora, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry. A navigation system is available.

The Honda Sensing suite of safety features comes standard too and includes a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Automatic high beams and Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring are also standard, while rear parking sensors are available.

The touch screen can be slow to respond to inputs, and the lack of physical controls, like volume or tuning knobs, make it difficult to adjust some settings.

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  • "One area of frustration is infotainment. The Clarity has the Civic's touchscreen, which irritates with slow responses, convoluted menus and a lack of supporting buttons and knobs." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2018)
  •  "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 (2018)

Cargo

This Honda has a 15.5-cubic-foot trunk. The electric Clarity has 14.5 cubic feet of space, and the Clarity Fuel Cell offers even less, at 11.8 cubic feet.

  • "Cargo space differs in each version. The fact that the Plug-in has a trunk rather than a hatchback like most other plug-ins reduces versatility somewhat, but the tall trunk height and ample width make it quite functional. The rising, stage-like portion closest to the back seat reduces space, but the deep covered well in the aft portion makes up for this somewhat. The Electric's extra batteries and Fuel Cell's hydrogen tank chew up considerable cargo space, further reducing their appeal." -- Autotrader
  • "Trunk space is good at 15.5 cubic feet, but that trails the cargo room offered by the Prius Prime." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
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