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2010 Honda FCX Clarity Review

Seeing the Future Approaching

A three-quarter front view of the Honda FCX Clarity at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show

In short: A stylish, new energy sedan.

s the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle available to the public, Honda's FCX Clarity may not defy gravity, but it certainly defies expectations. This streamlined, exceptionally eco-friendly sedan offers a range of 280 miles and a comparable city and highway fuel economy of 68 mpg.

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Warranty/Service: Maintenance costs and physical damage collision coverage included in lease.

Base Price: 3-year $600/month lease

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: AC synchronous electric motor powered by Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
Horsepower: 134 hp
Torque: 189 lb-ft @ 0-3,056 rpm
Transmission: n/a

Curb weight: 3,582 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.3/72.7/57.8 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

Brakes: power-assisted disc in front and rear; ABS; electronic brake distribution
double wishbone in front; independent multi-link in rear; stabilizer bars in front and rear
vehicle stability assist with traction control

Top Speed: 100 mph

Range: 280 miles
Miles Per Kilogram City: 79
Miles Per Kilogram Highway: 68

Safety: dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system; side curtain airbags; driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints; collision mitigation braking system; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lights; side-impact door beam

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PSV050108 (Updated 06/16/10 NW)