Saving packaging size and weight with the avant-garde powertrain and using such an exotic mix of body materials means it could bring the car in with a kerb weight that looks entirely normal for a near-5m-long saloon, and that presumably would allow it to tune the car for any kind of dynamic character it chose.
The one they’ve picked says everything about where they expect to ‘sell’ this car and to whom – because the Clarity feels, by and large, like a typical big, laid-back, US-market four-door to drive.
It’s comfortable, well mannered, assured and easy-going and it responds to a keener driving style much as you might expect of something built for those much more interested in driving sustainably and efficiently than with a bit of vim and vigour.
Where the car departs from that relaxed dynamic type is with a well-weighted steering wheel, with a slightly higher lateral grip level and with marginally better cornering balance than perhaps it needed.
The car doesn’t exactly carve its way through bends, rolling fairly hard, but it carries on gripping and turning at speeds well beyond your expectations, and the weight and good pace of the wheel means you can drive fairly quickly in confidence.