2011 Honda City 1.5 E Review
If you’re in the market for a good compact class vehicle—or for something between a subcompact and a compact—you can’t go wrong with the 2011 Honda City.
The all-new City has cutting-edge concept and technology that will definitely get the nod of today’s practical yet discriminating buyers. Honda designers pulled off an outstanding combination of class (once reserved for luxury vehicles) and functionality.
The design of the 3rd generation City was somewhat inspired by an arrowhead; it exudes a sleek and powerful stance from any angle. It has a streamlined grille, sharp headlights, a much smoother contour compared to the older version, roof lines that lead to a higher rear deck, and 15-inch tires to enhance its overall sporty appeal.
Inside, you’ll be greeted by new dimension of space. It allows all occupants to relax in full comfort. The new City has a bigger interior yet it amazingly retains its compact form and maneuverability. And you have to get in one to see for yourself the car’s meticulous interior design. The driver’s seat gives you comfortable support for stabilized posture and reduced fatigue even after long hours of driving.
What’s more, the materials for the cabin ooze subtle elegance. Honda loaded the car with an advanced audio system that is compatible with your iPod and even your other MP3 players via USB and AUX ports. Using four high-powered 45-watt speakers, the car gives both driver and passengers digitally crisp and clear sound wherever they go.
Just like the Jazz, the 1.5-liter version of the new City is equipped with the i-VTEC engine technology that delivers a maximum power output of 120 ps at 6,600 rpm. The City’s i-VTEC power plant provides responsive and torque’y yet fuel efficient performance. Its innovative 5-speed automatic transmission not only enhances fuel economy, it also reduces engine revolution and stress.
The 1.5 E model of the new generation City is the only one in its class to be equipped with an F1-inspired paddle shift that comfortably lets the driver change gears manually with a touch of his fingertips and without using the clutch. (This feature is also available in other models like the Jazz, Civic, and the Accord.)??As always, Honda put a lot of effort in ensuring passenger protection.
Safety features include dual SRS airbags, Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist. The all-new City comes in four variants. The 1.3-liter A MT is pegged at P691,000; the 1.3-liter S MT at P731,000; the 1.3-liter S AT at P771,000; and the unit we tested, the 1.5 E AT at P 821,000.
Photos contributed by: Johnnie Zerna and Honda Cars Phils Inc.
Vehicle 2011 Honda City 1.5 E AT
Type Compact Sedan
Engine 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC
Maximum power 120 ps at 6600 rpm
Maximum torque 14.8 kg-m at 4800 rpm
Transmission 5-Speed A/T
Length 4,395 mm
Width 1,695 mm
Height 1,470 mm
Wheelbase 2,550 mm
Tire Size 175 / 65 R15
Wheels 15-inch alloy wheels
Price as tested P 821,000.00