Which plug-in hybrid reigned supreme in July? Once again, it was the Prius Prime on top and by a wide margin.
Believe it or not, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid that had topped the plug-in hybrid sales chart for three months in a row has now been dethroned five times in a row too.
For three consecutive months, we estimated that the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid outsold the Toyota Prius Prime in the U.S. However, the tide changed in March as the Prius Prime logged an impressive 1,820 sales (*estimated). Again in April, the Prius Prime took the PHEV sales crown with an estimated 1,399 sales to the Honda Clarity PHEV’s 981 (*estimated).
Come May, the story remained much the same. However, the Prius Prime increased its lead over the Clarity PHEV. For May 2019, Prius Prime sales checked in at an estimated 1,914 units. Meanwhile, sales of the Clarity PHEV only amounted to an estimated 816 units.
The gap wasn’t nearly as big in June. However, the Prius Prime still edged out the Clarity PHEV for the plug-in hybrid sales crown. We estimate Prius Prime U.S. sales at 1,144 in June, versus 1,030 for the Clarity PHEV.
July Sales – The Gap Widens Even More
In July, the Prius Prime dominated in PHEV sales with an estimated 1,875 sold. Meanwhile, the once-popular Clarity PHEV falls backward with just 800 estimated sales in July.
By logging a confirmed sales total of 2,770 units in December 2018, the Clarity PHEV outsold all other plug-in hybrids offered in the U.S. for the first time ever. Then, it again topped the PHEV sales chart in January by edging out the Toyota Prius Prime. Clarity PHEV sales for January checked in at 1,192 units, to the Prime’s reported 1,123. But in February, the race tightened up considerably with just 8 sales separating the two models. Clarity PHEV sales came in officially at 1,213 to Prius Prime estimated sales of 1,205 in February.