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. –