MotoUSA put the Honda Metropolitan against a handful of other scooters in the price range. See photos in the 2013 Honda Metropolitan Comparison Review photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2013 $2000 Scooter Comparison.
- The Honda Metropolitan was redesigned for 2013 and is Big Red's smallest and cheapest street-legal vehicle.
- Sporting a '60s look, the 2013 Honda Metropolitan has a new fairing, new instruments, new tail light and bars.
- Rear braking is handled by a drum with CBS.
- The teensy wheels, feathery weight and dwarven wheelbase made it easy and fun to toss into turns.
- A closer look at the Honda Metropolitan's new instrumentation.
- 2013 Honda Metropolitan.
- "It doesn't pretend to be a motorcycle with crazy bodywork and graphics. It's simple and fun. That is what I want a scooter to be," says J.D.
- Honda's product developers were on the job, helping the Metro feel like the most polished - almost luxurious - product here.
- 2013 Honda Metropolitan storage compartment.
- The Honda Metropolitan's 49.4cc four-stroke Single is fed by Honda's PGM fuel-injection, meaning cold starts are quick and easy.
- The seat was set lowest of all scooters compared in this test at 28.3 inches and it's also the lightest of the mounts we rode at 179 pounds.
- The small hoops and squishy suspension made it easy to drag the centerstand in corners.
- The Honda Metropolitan may be the slowest vehicle ever tested by MotoUSA. Top speed, if you can wait that long, is something like 35 mph.
- Honda claims 117 mpg for the 2013 Metropolitan. We just couldn't ride it enough to drain the 1.2-gallon tank to confirm.
- "It's a super-friendly ride that doesn't take a whole lot of skill to master," says Waheed.