For Torrington, CT Drivers, the 2018 Honda Clarity is Already Pulling Ahead of the Nissan Competition

The eco-conscious and the automotive industry alike are heading into a greener future. As a result, mid-size sedans and compact cars seeking the mantle of high-efficiency are putting more energy into their rivalries than ever. Nowhere is the competitive spirit more pronounced than between two challengers one might not initially equate: the 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid and the Nissan LEAF EV.

The former, all-new for the model year in base and Clarity Touring trims, may be the capable choice for most drivers with an eye on an upcoming road trip, with a hybrid powertrain that uses gas to go the extra mile and an electric mode for when it's just a short one. The latter, however, in S, SV and SL trims, is an electric-only vehicle that made its debut in 2011, with a new design and an enhanced driving range to show for the latest model year. Both, regardless, are models ideally suited for the long haul, from mileage per gallon to the latest safety and driver-assist features, creature comforts, and tech-savvy for the trip. How do they compare for those looking for an environmentally friendly, highly economical ride? At Sullivan Honda, we've made it easy to figure it out.

2018 Honda Clarity vs Nissan LEAF

  • For one, like all new electric cars, the new LEAF requires regular charging, sometimes using specialized equipment, and depends per round on a limited traveling distance around 150 miles. The new Clarity PHEV runs in part on gas and resultantly doesn't have that limitation.
  • Clarity weighs in longer overall and by wheelbase than LEAF, and it's wider overall and of track both front and rear to boot, better evocative of stability and the promise of a smoother ride.
  • Our Honda option offers a more energetic-feeling one, too, thanks to its 212-net-horsepower hybrid engine. The 110-kWh electric motor in Nissan's compact hatchback puts out only 147 horsepower.
  • Our automaker's driver-assist suite, Honda Sensing®, comes standard in both trims, offering an array of features to help keep you safe from your driveway to the highway and home again. For one, a lane-keeping assist system and lane departure warning help keep you on track, while adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow makes maintaining a safe distance between you and another vehicle easy. Honda LaneWatch&#trade; can help you keep an eye on vehicles approaching from your passenger side, and forward collision warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System&#trade; (CMBS&#trade;), and road departure mitigation can even assist in avoiding an accident. In Nissan LEAF, on the other hand, only automatic emergency braking is standard. Pedestrian detection and intelligent lane intervention are optional and only in LEAF SV and later, you have to ascend to SV to get intelligent cruise control, and blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert only come standard in the top-tier LEAF SL.
  • 2018 Clarity is even the roomier choice, with a sprawling 101.5 cubic feet of interior space for passengers and more shoulder, hip, and leg room both front and rear. Excelled often by a wide, several-inch margin when it counts, the competition offers only 92.4 cubic feet. Honda also offers heated front seats standard, whereas they're only available through Nissan's LEAF SV trim; you have to graduate to SL to get them standard.
  • It's easier than ever to stay connected and in control for the excursion, too. A 2018 Honda Clarity builds in a 180-watt, eight-speaker, 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system in the base, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to extend smartphone functionality to the dash. Nissan offers only a 5-inch screen in its base LEAF and only a 7-inch variant in higher trims, with interoperability with Apple and Android phones available only in the SV trim and later.

If you're eager to learn more about what a new Honda hybrid sedan can bring to your travels here in the Constitution State, your firsthand test-drive experience awaits right around the corner here in Torrington. Stop by and visit us here at 45 Migeon Avenue today, and we'll take you for a ride!

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