Honda City: Makes Perfect SENSING
The Honda City always had pogi points over the competition since it first came out in 1981. Aside from getting the newest tech and safety features, it also possesses a body that loves to accessorize. Whether the third-generation or the latest model, this is the subcompact sedan of choice for motorists who want to stand out.
Honda designed the original City as a gorgeous hatchback and convertible, but its versatility and efficiency stood out as its top qualities over the years. After the second-generation model, the nameplate took off, dominating the segment in Thailand, Pakistan, and the Philippines and even becoming the best-selling Honda in India.
Over the years, Honda improved the design of the City by making ingenious tweaks to make it more reliable, fun, and efficient. One example is the designers moving the fuel tank in the fifth-generation model from the middle to the rear to lower the driving position and center of gravity for a sportier drive and sleeker look.
Each generation of the City is spacious inside and out and continues to push the limit of subcompacts as we know it. The new changes to the City align its looks with the rest of Honda's sedan and hatchback lineup. That is great because it makes all their vehicles easily recognizable even without the badge and helps bring down production costs, which reduces harmful emissions. In totality, the City's exterior enhancements are significant and show that it can look upmarket without the heavy price tag.
The latest update to the Philippine-spec unit gave it LED headlamps (exclusive to RS variant) and taillights to make it easier to see and be seen at night, a comprehensive multi-information display to view vehicle data more clearly, a push-to-start button/ tilt and telescopic steering wheel/seat height adjusters for ease of use. Pick the RS variant and get a black grille, a black rear spoiler, semi-aggressive bumpers with air ducts, fins, and a rear diffuser.
Want to accessorize your City? Choose from any of Honda's three packages. If you want a sporty and sleek look, go for the Modulo Aero pack with front, rear, and side under spoilers that give the City a lowered look. The Utility pack is best for practical motorists who want extra protection from the elements with a door visor and additional organization with a trunk tray. The ultimate setup would be the Modulo Sport pack that adds a front accent garnish, four alloy wheels, all the spoilers in the Modulo Aero pack, and a trunk spoiler to give your City a sexy back. You can even add LED fog lamps to light your way during long, out-of-town, night drives.
But the secret to the City's impressive performance is its improved 1.5L i-VTEC engine. It has updated double overhead camshafts that send more power to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This generation also debuts Agile Handling Assist, which uses active braking on the front and rear wheels on the inside of turns to increase stability and handling.
When it comes to your safety, the Japanese automaker has you covered. All variants have dual front and dual side airbags so you and your passengers are protected in case of a collision and stability control to prevent skidding and loss of vehicle control. Plus, it has a full suite of driver-assist features called Honda SENSING that comes with the following:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Warning and Lane Departure Warning (RDW and LDW)
- Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN)
- Auto High Beam (AHB)
A wide-view camera monitors your speed and driving pattern. ACC slows or speeds up the City depending on the pace of traffic. CMBS detects a potential front-end collision and reduces impact by sending a warning to apply the brakes. LKAS with RDW and LDW keeps the City within its lane and alerts the driver should it veer off course. If you are texting or preoccupied at a stoplight, LCDN prompts the driver to move once the light turns green and the vehicle in front moves forward. AHB scans the road and automatically dims to low beams to reduce glare and avoid dazzling other motorists.
So, where do you go when you want a subcompact that exceeds expectations - a model that offers cabin roominess, cutting-edge connectivity, class-leading safety features, and an engaging driving performance while returning outstanding fuel efficiency? Look no further than the Honda City, a car that makes perfect sense for the modern motorist.