The clarity BEV is a relatively large sedan, reportedly having very nice appointments, many features and quality fit-and finish, and is available for very attractive lease terms, $700 down and 199/mo for a 36 month, 20k mile-per-year lease.
https://automobiles.honda.com/clarity-s ... &gclsrc=ds
I'm not at all surprised that some lessees have preferred it to a more expensive lease on a smaller LEAF/Golf/Soul/Ioniq hatch, with fewer features.
If 89 miles EPA range is enough for you, it is enough for you
, which is the case for many drivers in the CA/OR coastal population centers, now that DC charge sites are ubiquitous.
As to the Tesla 3, the lease+maintenance costs of the base model (if and when it ever becomes available) will probably be (post incentives) two to three times that of the Clarity.
The model 3 just will not competitive with the Clarity, or any of the other BEVs mentioned, in terms of cost.
If you were a BEV driver, you might understand...
I've been a BEV driver for almost 6 years, and I also don't understand. Please enlighten us, Ed.
My best guess would be a strong loyalty to either the brand or the sedan form factor
. Those are the only things that make the Clarity different from the slew of 100+ mile BEVs selling for a similar price.
's the only thing I can think of that sets it apart, but that doesn't require that I drive it. Once the regular range Model 3 arrives, a BEV sedan with ~ 2.5 times the range for not much more money, the value proposition of the Clarity drops even further. For those not wedded to a sedan, the Soul/e-Golf/Ionic/2018 LEAF all provide at least 110 miles of range and four or five seats for the same or less money as the Clarity.