January 04, 2019 Filed under: 2019 Models | Honda
AN AGING RUCKUS AND METROPOLITAN ACCOMPANY A NEW PCX150
All indications are that Honda has finished their 2019 scooter announcements for the USA and Canada, although they could surprise at any time. Thus it’s as good an opportunity as any to summarize what’s new for 2019 and what isn’t.
The main thing that’s new for 2019 is the third generation of the PCX 150, which by all accounts is a fantastic machine. It boasts Honda’s latest technology both in the engine and throughout, such as the LED dash. However this machine was first announced way back in April 2018 so it hardly counts as news now. Thus for full details on this 2019 model check out our 2019 PCX article or the full PCX page.
One more recent bit of news on the 2019 PCX is that Honda Canada surprisingly hasn’t followed suit with an introduction there. Thus 2018 looks to be the last for the PCX in Canada.
The rest of Honda’s 2019 announcements have come more recently as Honda rolls over their existing models. The Metropolitan is back again in the USA without changes to the form or price, which stays at $2499. There is a new color however, with a pastel “Coastal Blue” replacing the darker “Denim Blue Metallic”.
If there’s one thing we’re good at here at MSG, it’s reporting on the lack of attention that Honda pays to the Ruckus. Despite being perpetually popular, Honda hasn’t substantially updated the Ruckus since its 2003 introduction - a fact we’ve been reporting for over a decade. With its unmodified return for 2019, the Ruckus has now reached its 18th consecutive year without substantial changes - an impressive run which is closing in on the 23 year record held by another Honda - the venerable Elite 80. Currently the Ruckus sits third on this list as it also lags Yamaha’s Riva 125 (22 years).
Despite the lack of changes, Honda USA did deem it time to increase the price of the Ruckus as it rises to $2749 (from $2699). Honda Canada didn’t have the same audacity, so it remains at $3399 there.
Pricing for the Metropolitan remains at $2499 in the USA, while in Canada there is no sign of its return. Thus Honda Canada is fielding a scooter lineup (if you can still call it that) of merely one machine - the Ruckus. Even here the white/red color option available in the USA isn’t offered, so scooterists in Canada are being offered a mere one color of one scooter. Things haven’t been this grim for Honda scooters in Canada since the Dio only lineup in the 90’s which was only offered in purple some years.
2019 HONDA MODELS: Ruckus, Metropolitan (USA Only), PCX150 (USA Only)