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Thinking About Hybrids? Compare the High-End 2018 Tesla Model S to the New 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

California shoppers are turning to hybrid cars faster than ever, looking for a great commuter car that can also offer the comforts and convenience of a typical daily driver. Often, it can be hard to find one that does everything. But, for models like the new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and the exciting Tesla Model S, it's easy to let people have it all.

Now, it should be pointed out that Honda vehicles and Tesla vehicles aren't exactly playing in the same league--pitting a family-oriented brand geared toward versatility against a top-of-the-line luxury brand isn't typically seen. But, for El Cerrito drivers who are in the early stages of researching and learning about available plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, this is an interesting overview of two of the more popular options that are out there.

2018 Tesla Model S vs 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

  • The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid starts at just $33,400
  • The Tesla Model S starts at $74,500--you could feasibly buy two Honda PHEVs for that price
  • That $41,100 price bump only gives you a few more standard features than in the well-equipped new plug-in hybrid sedan from Honda
  • The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Touring--the top-ranging model which is equipped more closely to the Tesla car--still starts at the competitive price of $36,660
  • The Tesla Model S has a battery range of about 250 miles, up to 315 miles if you're a careful driver
  • The more-versatile 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a total range rating of 340 miles
  • The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid's 47-mile all-electric range rating fits well for the California commute, and won't use a drop of gas
  • Honda's newest plug-in hybrid sedan offers a total combined 212 horsepower from a standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
  • The 2018 Tesla Model S offers 518 horsepower--but, again, you'll pay between $40,000 - $101,500 for that increase in horsepower
  • The comfortable 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid boasts 101.5 cubic feet of passenger space--versus just 94 cubic feet in the Tesla Model S

Range ratings determined by the EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.