Honda Shuttle hybrid

Honda Shuttle Hybrid Review: “HV that feels like a high-torque engine vehicle” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Honda’s 5-series plate station wagon sold under the name Fit Shuttle is now introduced with the name Shuttle. One can actually call it a facelift model of the Fit Shuttle.

I test drove for the first time the hybrid model equipped with a motor on a 1.5-liter engine. I could feel its stable torque as I drove it. It smoothly accelerated as I stepped on the pedal. Since the combined transmission is a dual clutch type (DCT), it has less shock during shift change, aside from its stable maneuverability. It shows smoothness like that of a CVT when you step on the accelerator gently.

The feel is quite sporty as I forcefully stepped on the accelerator. This powerful acceleration is similar to that of its base Fit. The motor assist feels less intervening but is really assisting the engine. It feels like driving a vehicle with a high torque and DCT combined.

Its soundproofing is high. I also drove on a highway; the high-frequency wind noise seemed reduced. The hybrid has an even more quiet feel, because they used a sound insulation glass on the front window. Furthermore, hybrid vehicle X and Z adopted the Sachs’ amplitude sensitivity damper on the front and rear. It absorbs fine vibrations from the road. Its overall comfort is improved.

The 5-series plate body size has an excellent compatibility with Japan’s road.
Although compact, they secured a maximum length of 184cm and the maximum width of 151 centimeter. Its flatness is of high quality. The hybrid X and Z are provided with foldable glove compartments called multi-purpose baskets at the rear seat.

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

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive 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)