Honda Shuttle G

Honda Shuttle Review: “If you seek an inexpensive car, I recommend the engine vehicle” by Yoichi Moroboshi

Two power units, a hybrid and a 1.5-liter engine was equipped on the new Shuttle. The engine vehicle is only set for the G grade.

Its construction is quite simple. The front windows with smart key, IR cut and UV cut features, and front door windows with smart key, IR cut and super UV cut features, which are standard equipped regardless of the grade in hybrid system, are available as options.

The engine equipped on the gasoline model is a 132hp/155Nm specification. The output of the hybrid system is 137hp/170Nm. Therefore, there’s almost no difference. ”
However, its torque feels a bit weaker compared to the hybrid that performs a precise assist when needed.” Its transmission is CVT and its acceleration is smooth and perfect. The hybrid vehicle adopts Sachs’ amplitude sensitivity damper on the front and rear. However, it has an impression that it does not absorb slight vibrations, because a damper is standard on a gasoline vehicle.

By not equipping the hybrid system, there is space below the luggage room where you can put your personal things. They created a two-division box by using a thick styrofoam. Using a material that is made of resin should make the customers happy.

The vehicle base price of the G grade FF vehicle is 1.69 million yen; the hybrid is the cheapest model, which is 1.99 million yen. Their difference is 300,000 yen. If we estimate the digits from Honda’s homepage, the total amount of the G is 1,843,460 million yen (July vehicle delivery). The hybrid is 2,115,460 yen and the difference is reduced to 272,000 yen. There are differences on the base price and the payment amount, because they have different tax amounts, etc.

Furthermore, the difference in price is further lessened if the other is equipped with a high-performance glass and a smart key which are not equipped on the G.
Let’s calculate the gasoline amount in JC08 mode upon running 12,000 km yearly. The hybrid is 34km/liter, about 353 liters. The G is 21.8km/liter, about 550 liters. The difference is 197 liters. The difference of the gasoline is about 26,000 yen annually, if the price of the regular gasoline is 135 yen. Nevertheless, if you drive long distances, consider things such as tax reduction of automobile after a year, and tax exemption of heavy weight vehicles after three years (during inspection), it is simply hard to say that the G is economical.

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)