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New Honda scooters *updated

April 3, 2012
2013 Honda Metropolitan

2013 Honda Metropolitan, aka Jazz, etc. in other markets (Honda photos)

Honda has announced two new additions to its U.S. scooter lineup. A newly redesigned Metropolitan and larger-displacement version of the PCX go on sale as 2013 models.

The Metropolitan, which previously appeared on Honda’s Web site as a 2009 model, gets a complete makeover.

Every body panel has been changed, and the headlight moves from the legshield to the headset. There’s also a bigger under-seat storage compartment. Power comes from a liquid-cooled SOHC 49cc 4-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection.

The Met (aka Jazz in Canada, other names in other markets) has always been a high-quality item, and it’s not slow—we used to see one on group rides that had no trouble at all maintaining a 50 mph pace (its owner insisted it was totally stock). Honda has lowered the MSRP to $1,999, a price that makes the new Met a good choice to send a kid to college with. Or carry in an RV.

2013 Honda PCX

2013 Honda PCX 150

Honda’s PCX becomes a 150 for the new model year. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who thought the PCX could use a bit more power. While no specific top speed is mentioned, the term “freeway-capable” gets tossed around a lot, so 60 mph should be achievable.

MSRP is $3,449. The scooter page continues to list the SH150i (priced about a grand more) as a 2010 model, so it appears the Italian-built scoot won’t be coming back. At least, not as a 150.

Consult your local Honda scooter dealer for details. If you still have one, that is. Favicon

  1. Dan Gould permalink
    April 3, 2012 1:45 pm

    Met looks better but I still don’t like it.

  2. jon permalink
    April 3, 2012 2:01 pm

    Nice scooters. My wife’s first scooter was a 2004 49cc Honda Metro. That scooter got 115 mpg and was totally reliable as long as we owned it. Great small scooter for around town, backroads, and riding around any of the San Juan Islands.

    She decided she wanted a scooter that we wouldn’t have to transport in our Toyota pickup, but that she could ride on highways and freeways. I did the research and test rides, and we got her a SYM HD200. No problem riding on freeways and highways.

  3. Jack Riepe permalink
    April 3, 2012 4:10 pm

    Dear Orin:

    This is the year that steady increases in gasoline are going to prompt the emergence of a scooter culture in the US. And by scooter culture, I mean something akin to everyday transportation, like in Vietnam. Believe me, people are taking notice when it costs $22.50 to fill a BMW tank.

    Personally, I like the looks of the first scooter pictured, but prefer the more powerful of the two.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  4. April 3, 2012 4:25 pm

    Jack, in all seriousness you’d look like a circus bear riding a tricycle on the Metropolitan…

  5. Martha permalink
    April 3, 2012 6:04 pm

    I love my 2009 Metro, but love this one, too. I’m a lightweight and can hit 40 tops, but 50 is not stock on a 2009. I’m living proof. I’m 95 pounds.

  6. April 4, 2012 2:19 am


    Not the first time, but the Jack beat me to the punch. There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the US about the government somehow stepping in and forcing the price of gas lower. I’m not exactly sure how that would be done, but it’s being tossed around as if there was some kind of magic wand powered by petrol (There’s probably something if you check the internet.)

    Going to the gas station has really become a kick in the shins and I’m guessing these releases might have something to do with that. Just maybe. They look good, and a 150-250 range is a great mix of enough speed and nimblicity.

    I’ll probably stick to the 650 for a while longer, but at 50+ mpg I’ve got no real need to complain.

    Behind Bars

  7. April 9, 2012 6:44 pm

    I love the classic looks of the Metropolitan. If I lived in the city, I’d be seriously looking at one of those.

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