Honda Hybrid Comparison

Honda Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Overview at Germain Honda of Ann Arbor

Back in the mid-1970s, the United States found itself in the middle of a global energy crisis with substantial petroleum shortages and skyrocketing fuel prices. In response, the 1974 Honda Civic was launched with an emissions-reducing CVCC engine and immediately became popular with buyers looking to stretch their fuel budget. Since then, Honda engineers have worked tirelessly to maximize fuel efficiency across the entire model lineup. Today’s Honda lineup offers buyers several choices of fuel-efficient vehicles, from hydrogen-powered to fully-electric and hybrid variants. In fact, Honda has announced a global benchmark goal for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030.

If you’ve been curious about the benefits which come from driving a hybrid or electric vehicle, Germain Honda of Ann Arbor has created this useful guide which takes an in-depth look a the most popular Honda hybrids — the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and Insight.

Honda Hybrid / Plug-In / Electric Vehicles Explained


The difference between a hybrid vehicle and a non-hybrid is fairly easy to explain. Non-hybrid vehicles are powered solely by a traditional internal combustion engine using gasoline or diesel fuel. Hybrid vehicles retain this internal combustion engine with the bonus of an electric motor for supplemental power. This advanced system works in tandem to deliver an optimized blend of performance and efficiency. As an example, the Honda Accord Hybrid offers greater fuel economy than the standard Honda Accord.

Plug-In Hybrids

Although similar in nature to a traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrids take efficiency to the next level by their ability to make their electric motor the sole power source. A great way to think of these plug-in hybrid models is how they’re essentially an electric vehicle that can rely on its gasoline power to extend its range as a backup.

Electric (EV)

Lastly, we’ve come to electric vehicles (also referred to as EVs). These types of vehicles are powered exclusively by electricity with no internal combustion engine. Since they don’t have a tradition engine, these models have plenty of extra space for additional battery capacity which allows you to drive further on a single charge. Choosing an EV means you’ll never have to visit a gas station again. “Fueling up” now consists of plugging your vehicle into an electrical outlet to charge.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Styling

Starting at $27,325 MSRP1
48 City / 48 Highway / 48 Combined MPG2

Key Features

  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Deceleration selectors
  • Smart entry with Push-button Start
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seats
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Auto high-beam headlights

A familiar face among the Honda hybrid vehicle lineup, the Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain. It features a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine paired to an electric propulsion motor which combine to produce a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will experience an unrivaled combination of efficiency and proven performance thanks to a combined 48 MPG rating2 for the Accord Hybrid.

You no longer have to make sacrifices on space, power, or capability in your hybrid vehicle when you drive a Honda Accord Hybrid. Enjoy responsive performance, cabin space, and cargo capacity with the Accord Hybrid. A total of four trim levels are available on the Accord Hybrid: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Starting at $28,970 MSRP1
40 City / 35 Highway / 38 Combined MPG2

Key Features

  • Two-Motor Hybrid Powertrain with 212 horsepower and standard Real Time AWD™
  • Customizable drive modes – Econ, Sport, and EV
  • Standard Honda Sensing® driver-assistive safety technologies
  • Hybrid badging and distinctive blue Honda front grille emblem
  • Model-specific instrument panel with display for power/charge status and driver-selectable display for power distribution and regeneration
  • Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) designed to increase awareness by pedestrians
  • Available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration

Marking the start of a new chapter in the legacy of the award-winning CR-V, this proven compact SUV is now available as a hybrid. As the first hybrid SUV ever sold by Honda in the USA, the CR-V Hybrid comes standard with an advanced dual-motor hybrid powertrain which offers a perfected blend of efficiency and response.

Choosing a hybrid SUV no longer requires you to make compromises on style thanks to the bold look of the Honda CR-V Hybrid. Rugged design accents help elevate the CR-V Hybrid above the competition while still emphasizing aerodynamics for the ultimate in efficiency. Once you step foot inside the interior you’ll notice an array of groundbreaking tech features such as the available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio system featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Included as standard on all trim levels, the Honda Sensing® collection of driver-assistive safety technologies helps you stay one step ahead of danger.

2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Starting at $34,355 MSRP1
47-Mile EV Mode Driving Range6

Key Features

  • All-electric daily driver – With an impressive 47-mile all-electric range rating6, many daily trips can be accomplished using only battery power.
  • Gas for distance – For longer trips, when the electric battery runs out the gas-powered engine takes over to provide additional driving range, giving the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid a 340-mile combined gas and electric range rating6.
  • Hassle-free charging – Plug into electric outlets at home, work, or at any of the thousands of electric charging stations located across the nation.

Proving the benefits of an electric in addition to the flexibility of a hybrid, the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid gives drivers more possibilities than ever before. A high-capacity battery delivers impressive range for longer all-electric commutes. Just like a traditional hybrid, the Clarity Hybrid also features a gas-powered engine for backup when electricity runs low. Charge up and drive using electricity, or tap into its engine for extended road trips — all while spending less time and money at the gas station.

Both drivers and passengers alike will appreciate its roomy interior with seating for up to five along with eco-conscious materials for a premium feel. Charge up in the comfort of your own home with a standard 120-volt outlet or even quicker with a 240-volt charger. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can also take advantage of thousands of public charging stations scattered across the country. Owners could also be eligible for state-level tax benefits including charger rebates and HOV lane eligibility4.

2021 Honda Insight

2021 Honda Insight

Starting at $23,885 MSRP1
55 city / 49 highway MPG2

Key Features

  • Three selectable driving modes – ECON, Sport, and EV
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • Available next-generation HondaLink® subscription services and HomeLink® Remote System
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Optional 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration

Offering a departure from the polarizing styling found on most hybrid cars on the market, the Honda Insight delivers a sleek yet dynamic design. With up to 55 city MPG2, driving a hybrid no longer means sacrificing on good looks. It’s positioned as a premium compact sedan above the Civic in the Honda lineup, providing you with class-leading passenger space, power, and fuel efficiency.

Choose from a total of three trim levels on the Honda Insight — LX, EX, and Touring. Back in 1999, the Honda Insight debuted as America’s first hybrid vehicle. Fast forward 20 years later, Honda continues to make history with the Insight by giving drivers an entirely new option when shopping for an affordable yet stylish hybrid vehicle.

2021 Honda Hybrids Compared

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 2021 Honda Insight
Starting MSRP1 $27,325 MSRP1 $28,970 MSRP1 $34,355 MSRP1 $23,885 MSRP1
Powertrain 2.0-liter third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain 2.0-liter third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain with Real Time AWD™ 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, electric motor 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack
Horsepower 212 212 240 151
EV-Only Range2 Short Distances Short Distances 47 Miles2 Short Distances
City/Highway/Combined MPG2 48 / 48 / 48 MPG2 40 / 35 / 38 MPG2 44 / 40 / 42 MPG2 (gasoline only), 110 MPGe overall rating2 55 / 49 / 52 MPG2
Interior Cargo Volume 16.7 cubic feet 68.7 cubic feet 14.8 cubic feet 15.1 cubic feet
Front Legroom 42.3 inches 41.3 inches 42.2 inches 42.3 inches
Rear Legroom 40.4 inches 40.4 inches 36.6 inches 37.4 inches
Front Headroom 39.5 inches 40.1 inches 39.1 inches 39.3 inches
Rear Headroom 37.3 inches 39.2 inches 37.1 inches 36.9 inches
Honda Sensing® Standard Standard Standard Standard

Honda Hybrid and Electric Battery FAQ

Is there a warranty on Honda lithium-ion batteries?

These batteries are covered by an 8-year/100,000-mile or 10-year/150,000-mile limited warranty, depending on the state of purchase.

What is the warranty on replacement Honda 12-volt batteries?

Replacement 12-volt batteries are covered for a 100-month (8 years and 4 months) prorated limited warranty7.

At the end of its lifespan, what happens to a Honda lithium-ion battery?

It’s harvested for components and metals in order to recycle as much material as possible for later use. This is part of Honda’s Blue Skies for Our Children initiative along with our longstanding commitment to protecting our environment.

Benefits of Honda Hybrid Vehicles

No matter which Honda hybrid vehicle you select, you can experience numerous benefits which make each drive much more rewarding.

Superior Fuel Efficiency

Superior Fuel Efficiency

Although it probably seems obvious, a well-known advantage of driving a hybrid is the ability to spend less time and money at the pump. Since these vehicles use less fuel, primarily around town and in the city, you can expect to receive noticeable savings compared to driving a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle.

Cleaner Emissions

Cleaner Emissions

It won’t only be your wallet that will appreciate the benefits of driving a hybrid. Since they don’t produce nearly as many carbon emissions as a gasoline-only vehicle, hybrids help our environment. With the rapidly expanding popularity of hybrids in recent years, you can help do your part in improving the quality of the air around us.

High Resale Value

High Resale Value

Buyers across the country continue to make the switch to hybrid vehicles. As a result, hybrid models often command a higher resale value as compared to a conventional model — potentially resulting in a much more rewarding ownership experience.

1MSRP includes $955.00 (Accord Hybrid / Insight / Clarity PHEV) or $1,120.00 (CR-V Hybrid) destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

2Accord Hybrid – 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, EX and EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.

Insight – 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 2021 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.

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – 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. Based on 2021 EPA ratings. 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.

CR-V Hybrid – 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

4The IRS offers a Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit of up to $7,500 on the purchase of qualifying vehicles. This is not tax advice. Consult your own tax advisor for details. The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) sticker can be applied for through the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Once installed, you may use designated HOV lanes, even if you’re driving alone. Stickers valid through January 1, 2024.

647-mile maximum EV mode driving-range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving-range rating. Based on 2021 EPA ratings.