Honda Unicorn 2020 Simply when it appears the automotive business has misplaced its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy car emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the Honda Unicorn 2020.
Often derided by lovers as home equipment, the no-frills commuter automotive gets the vast majority of consumers the place they need to go in the manner they need to get there, safely and at a value. The Honda Unicorn 2020 does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten somewhat nuts: the average transaction value for a brand new automobile is greater than $37,000, based on Kelley Blue Book. Easy accountable the automakers on this era of no accountability but we are the ones paying those giant prices for giant vehicles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just under $23,000, the Honda Unicorn 2020 places every greenback to purposeful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a new platform, the Honda Unicorn 2020 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too laborious to be different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer angry, and the whole look is smoother entrance to again. However nonetheless, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever Honda Unicorn 2020 within the US is constructed on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which might be vital for cold-weather customers cautious of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. More importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, identical as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids with out a plug, the Honda Unicorn 2020 trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the Honda Unicorn 2020 averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around town. Setting EV mode helps preserve energy underneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there’s enough cost in the battery.
The battery is situated beneath the rear seat, so you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load floor. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to fit two teens, and general it felt roomy sufficient for a household of four.
The one trim in the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a stop. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to stay competitive.
Priced at only $three,000 more than the Honda Unicorn 2020 and $1,200 less than a similarly outfitted Honda Insight (EX trim), the Honda Unicorn 2020 is the perfectly practical, remarkably affordable around-town automotive.
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