2013 Honda Metropolitan Review


Available in Pearl White, Pearl Black, and Pearl Black and Red, the 2013 Honda Metropolitan scooter returns to the U.S. after a three-year break. Last available in the U.S. in 2009, the redesigned Metropolitan retains its classic and well-loved scooter looks but now benefits from a host of technological improvements which make it both more economical, responsive, and safer.

With increasing fuel prices and traffic congestion on the rise in almost all urban areas, the 2013 Honda Metropolitan’s new fuel-injected 49cc engine delivers an estimated 117 miles per gallon (mpg) with legendary Honda quality. The much-welcomed fuel-injection in the Metropolitan is new for 2013 and provides the accurate and lively throttle response common in much larger engines but rarely found in scooters of this size. The 2013 Metropolitan also has a small one-point-two gallon fuel tank and will be an engaging and budget-friendly ride that will go light on your pocketbook for years to come. Of course, rider safety is always a priority, and the 2013 Metropolitan’s Combined Braking System (CBS) is a technological advance which provides additional front braking when the rear brake is chosen for more certain and powerful stopping in all situations.

Many scooter enthusiasts are drawn to the traditionally-styled Metropolitan and Honda has remained true to its original design, but the 2013 Honda Metropolitan does benefit from modern ergonomic and comfort upgrades without losing any of its scooter charm. The 2013 Metropolitan sports both redesigned handlebars and a new instrument panel which give the rider improved steering control and better speedometer and fuel gauge visibility, while the seating area offers a waterproof, top-stitched seat and durable floorboards with no-slip inserts for years of trouble-free use in all types of weather. The chrome accents and high-gloss paint give the Metropolitan a fashionable and timeless look that fits in anywhere. The optional rear-mounted trunk box can add additional storage to the 5.8 gallons already available under the seat, making the stylish 2013 Metropolitan a truly useful and economical commuting vehicle.

Small-displacement scooters are not designed for highway use, but they have few competitors when it comes to outright convenience in the city. The 2013 Honda Metropolitan’s low seat height, friendly step-through design, and easy-to-operate center stand all combine in a package that both beginners and experienced riders will agree is a nearly perfect vehicle for short errands, trips to campus, or any number of excursions where mobility, easy parking, and independence are highly valued. The 2013 Honda Metropolitan allows riders of all abilities to quickly maneuver through traffic, park without hassle, and do both with style.

New For 2013

  • Fuel-injected four-stroke engine is driven by a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which means there is no need to manually shift between gears.
  • The completely new Combined Braking System (CBS) automatically engages the front brake when the rear brake is chosen for safer, more efficient stopping.
  • Redesigned bodywork and headlight deliver a fresher, more modern design.
  • The newly-designed handlebars offer a more comfortable riding position for a wider range of rider heights.
  • A completely redesigned instrument panel allows for easier viewing of fuel level, speed, and engine temperature.
  • The new, larger, centrally-located Convenience Hook is better than ever for securely holding bags with handles.

2013 Honda Metropolitan Specs

  • Model: Metropolitan
  • Engine Type: Single cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 1.49 x 1.73 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10.1:1
  • Valve Train: Single Overhead Cam (SOHC), two-valve
  • Induction: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with Automatic Enrichment
  • Ignition: Electric, with kickstart back-up
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.2 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 117 mpg combined city/highway
  • Brakes (Front): Drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum with CBS
  • Suspension (Front): Twin Telescoping Downtube Fork, 2.1 inches of travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single-sided swing arm, 2.3 inches of travel
  • Wheelbase: 46.5 inches
  • Rake: n/a
  • Trail: n/a
  • Seat Height: 28.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 179 pounds (includes all standard equipment, required fluids, and a full tank of fuel ready to ride)
  • Tires (Front): 80/100 R10
  • Tires (Rear): 80/100 R10


  • In-dash storage compartment
  • Locking helmet storage
  • 5.8 Gallons underseat storage compartment
  • Large, cockpit-mounted convenience hook
  • Rear carrier rack
  • Optional rear-mounted trunk and trunk attachment kit
  • Optional waterproof cover

Key Competitors For The 2013 Honda Metropolitan

  • Yamaha Vino
  • Kymco Like
  • Vespa LX
  • Piaggio Fly