Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Driving - A L E X A NDER GE­ORGE

The sen­si­ble cross­over-hatch­back roofline, the up­right driv­ing pos­ture, seat­ing for five adults. It all makes you think: your Uber is now ar­riv­ing. Yes, a driver could press the Clar­ity's Sport mode but­ton and have fun with the on-ramps. The steer­ing and es­pe­cially the brakes feel as nat­u­ral as any of Honda's ex­cel­lent OPECpow­ered mod­els. But at 1 800-plus kilo­grams and with a zero-to-100 we'd es­ti­mate near dou­ble dig­its, you don't get petrol thrills.

The Clar­ity comes in one trim op­tion that's loaded with tech such as lane-de­par­ture warn­ing and au­to­matic brak­ing. Wrapped in suede made from re­cy­cled plas­tic, the dig­i­tal dash has a ball that shrinks and ex­pands, coach­ing you to­wards efficient driv­ing. As long as per­for­mance isn't a pri­or­ity, all that adds up to a hell of a lot of ci­vil­ity for the price, which is a loss-leader low. You can't buy a Clar­ity. Honda says MSRP would hit near three­quar­ters of a bar. You lease it for about R40k down and R5k a month. Along with the car, Honda gives you a R195 000 credit card to spend on hy­dro­gen fill-ups, and 21 days of pe­tro­leum- car rentals for longer trips. And Cal­i­for­ni­ans get a R65 000 rebate, and a car­pool lane sticker. Pick up a few week­end driv­ing shifts and go­ing fuel-cell is cheaper than an iphone up­grade. –

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