The 3rd Generation 2009 Honda City was launched early last month in Thailand and just last week in India. Taking after the Accord’s “arrow shot” profile, the new City looks like a mini-me of Honda’s highly successful luxury sedan. Its redesigned front grill which blends into sleek headlights gives the car a very aggressive character, while new tail lights and a shortened rear end give the car a sportier look. The 3rd Generation City, like the 2009 Honda Fit, is powered by a 1.5 Liter i-VTEC engine, capable of 118 hp at 6600 rpm.
With most Americans turning to smaller cars because of rising fuel prices, it would seem like a good idea at this point to bring Honda’s latest subcompact to the U.S. Data on the car’s fuel economy is not available as of yet but it is expected to match the Fit’s average of 33 mpg. The 2009 City has all the bells and whistles to attract buyers looking for that balance of beauty and functionality - a design that efficiently uses space to create a roomy interior; a modern amber-colored instrument cluster; and F1-inspired paddle shifters for the automatic variant.
Reviews of the Honda Fit mostly praise the hatchback for its great value for money. Should Honda decide to bring in the City, it will most likely take away a considerable portion of the Fit’s following. But that would not really be a bad thing for Honda since customers wanting variety will have the subcompact sedan as an option. Everything else considered, a U.S. version of the 3rd Generation Honda City would prove to be a worthy challenger against the likes of the Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent or Toyota Yaris Sedan.