Hybrid vs. Plug-In Hybrid

July 25th, 2018 by

2019 Honda Insight Side View

If you’re shopping for a hybrid vehicle, you may have also come across Plug-In Hybrids, but what’s the difference between the two? Both have a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, but a hybrid vehicle derives most of its power from the engine while using the electric motor to offset some of the strain and improve fuel economy. A Plug-In Hybrid, on the other hand, operates solely as an electric vehicle at all speeds and uses the ICE only as a backup generator to recharge the battery and propel the electric motor when it starts to run dry. A hybrid and plug-in hybrid will appeal to different drivers for different reasons, and Honda has a lineup of both!

  • Honda Plug-In Hybrid – Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Honda Hybrids – Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Drivers of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can drive for an all-electric range of 47 miles before the gasoline engine needs to kick in. That distance covers many drivers’ daily commutes, but for the times when you’re headed down longer roads, the Clarity earns a 340-mile range rating and a 110-mile combined gas-electric fuel economy rating.* The Clarity also makes it easier to recharge with different methods for more convenience. Recharge with a 240-volt charger in just 2.5 hours or a standard 120-volt charger in 12 hours.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug In Hybrid Charging

Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid is a comfortable and well-equipped sedan that achieves incredible fuel economy. It features a 3 Mode Drive System including Econ / Sport / and an EV mode and a total system horsepower of 212. The Accord Hybrid will achieve an estimated 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined mpg.**
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Blue Driving

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is another hybrid choice in the Honda lineup and takes its body design cues from the Civic, the perennial favorite. The Insight is the more compact choice compared to the Accord Hybrid and asCar and Driversaid, it’s “a joy to drive around town.” It includes the same 3 Mode Drive System for more engagement behind the wheel, and it earns an estimated 55 city / 49 highway / 52 combined mpg.***
2019 Honda Insight Red On Street

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid, and the Honda Insight by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Central Illinois Honda dealer. Explore our current offers and sit behind the wheel of the model that’s right for you with a test drive today.


*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

***55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2019 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.