2019 Honda S660 Just when it seems the automotive trade has lost its approach with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a simple automotive emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Honda S660.
Usually derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automobile will get the overwhelming majority of consumers the place they want to go within the method they wish to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Honda S660 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a little bit nuts: the average transaction worth for a brand new vehicle is more than $37,000, based on Kelley Blue E-book. Straightforward in charge the automakers in this era of no accountability however we are those paying those massive prices for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For slightly below $23,000, the 2019 Honda S660 places each dollar to purposeful use.
Even though it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Honda S660 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too hard to be completely different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer angry, and the whole look is smoother entrance to back. However still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Honda S660 within the US is constructed on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust warmth to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which could possibly be significant for cold-weather customers cautious of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg mixed, identical as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Honda S660 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Honda S660 averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps preserve energy beneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be sufficient cost within the battery.
The battery is situated below the rear seat, so that you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load ground. Rear seat room is enough enough to fit two teens, and total it felt roomy sufficient for a family of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter traffic from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $three,000 greater than the 2019 Honda S660 and $1,200 lower than a equally geared up Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Honda S660 is the peerlessly sensible, remarkably reasonable around-town automotive.
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