Hona Jade

Honda Jade Review: “Vehicle with a wagon body fully equipped with 3 rows of seats” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Honda has recently added the Jade in the lineup. It is a desired product, combining three rows of seats and a wagon. It started out with quite a simple composition: a single power unit, drive system, and two grades.

If you are to talk about the Jade, you should first start with a topic about its packaging. It is a vehicle belonging to the group 3 body class with dimensions 4650mm×1775mm (total length×total width). I feel that it is slightly shorter and wider than the Step WGN when viewed directly from above. The total height is 1530mm,lower than the 1550mm limit for many mechanical parking systems. It has a 1500mm total height for the body skeleton with a 30mm antenna height.

When you compare it with the Step WGN as seen from above, you might think that it is not that hard to put three rows of seat inside it. However, The Jade is a hybrid vehicle. In other words, it must also include the battery for the driving transmission.Therefore, the idea of placing the Intelligent Power Unit between the driver’s seat and passenger seats was conceived for the layout. The Intelligent Power Unit is a stored battery for the driving transmission. This system is also used even in the FCX Clarity, a fuel cell vehicle. The fuel tanks are placed below the second row seats, thus becoming a so-called center tank layout.

Well, this is Honda’s way of calling the Jade the ‘New Value Minivan’. However, from my point of view, it is still just a vehicle where they placed three rows of seats on a slightly tall station wagon. It really looks like a sedan rather than feeling like a minivan-like vehicle. However, it showed to me a wagon-like riding performance.

The engine output is 131 horsepower while the motor’s is 29.5 horsepower. It generates 152 horsepower of system output. It shows a running performance similar to a 1.8 to 2-liter grade engine grade vehicle. However, the low-speed torque of the motor and the active shifting gear feel of the dual clutch transmission helps it achieve a smooth ride incomparable to an engine vehicle that has a normal transmission. It produced comfort for my body.

When you sit on the driver’s seat, you can feel the cockpit-like atmosphere that has an isolated feel thanks to the Intelligent Power Unit being placed in the center. This unique sense of isolation is not a typical concept found in sports cars. When you let your lover sit on the passenger seat, you will be a bit worried as they may sense the same feeling.

Now, let’s put our attention to the second seat and third seat. When you ride on the third seat with a fixed number of passengers, you may find it a little narrow. However, you may stand riding on that seat for about an hour. The second seat has the most clearance on the left and right. However, the gap between the left and right side becomes narrower as you slide the seat backwards, until it eventually becomes inexistent as it is fully slid back. In other words, the slide rail is place diagonally (V-shaped). It efficiently utilizes the limited indoor space well. The luggage space is also quite easy to augment. The vehicle is finished in such way that it should be used in the most practical manner. Despite maintaining high quality and practicality, the basic model in JC08 mode achieves a fuel efficiency of 25.0km/liter while the luxury model achieves 24.2km/liter. It has sufficient economy.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)