– New 2019 Honda PCX 150 cc Scooter Buyer’s Guide | MPG, Price, Top Speed Info + More! –
| New 2019 PCX150 Changes = Added Performance & Comfort + optional ABS Brakes! |
The PCX scooter lineup from Honda whether it be the PCX150 or the PCX125 have been some of the best selling scooters world-wide from Honda and for good reason. Honda doesn’t want to sit still though and let the competition catch up so they took the 2019 PCX150 and threw it under the scalpel to see what kind of changes they could throw at the 2019 PCX150 to set it apart from the 2018 and prior model year PCX150 models.
Today, we’re going to break down all of the changes and tweaks that were done to the 2019 PCX as well as go over all of the nitty-gritty features and what it has to offer you if you’re in the market and looking for a new scooter to purchase. If you haven’t already, check out the other 2019 motorcycles and scooters from Honda by Clicking Here as I’m releasing new model information all the time.
Key 2019 Honda PCX150 Versus 2018 PCX150 Changes / Upgrades: First up, we’ll start with styling. At first glance they may look almost the same but once you compare them side by side (pictures below), you’ll see that the design was tweaked from the front to the back on the 2019 PCX150 giving it a newer and more premium ‘look’ to it. Under-seat storage has been bumped up to 28 liters. Larger, 100/80-14 front and 120/70-14 rear tires with optimized construction reduce energy loss due to tire deformation. Honda also put the PCX150 on a weight plan and shaved off 6lbs dropping the curb weight from 295lbs to 289lbs. A new frame contributes to reduced weight and added stability. A new three-stage rear-suspension setup increases wheel travel from 3.1 inches to 3.33 inches. A new eight-spoke wheel up front and in the rear reduce weight and overall handling as well. Add in all of these changes with new comfort-enhancing features paired up with ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and the 2019 PCX150 is going to stay on top.
Quick 2019 PCX150 Specs / Highlights Overview:
- 2019 PCX150 Release Date – July 2018
- 2019 PCX150 Price / MSRP – $3,699 ( +$100 from previous year model)
- 2019 PCX150 ABS Price / MSRP – $3,999
- 2019 PCX150 MPG – TBA (previous model: 100 Miles Per Gallon)
- 2019 PCX150 Colors – Bright Bronze Metallic
- 2019 PCX150ABS Colors – Bright Bronze Metallic
- 2019 PCX150 Horsepower – TBA (previous model: 13.3 HP @ 8,500 RPM)
- 2019 PCX150 Torque – TBA (previous model: 10.3 lb/ft TQ @ 5,000 RPM)
2019 PCX 150 Review Contents:
- 1. | Introduction / Overview
- 2. | Key Features
- 2.1 | Styling & Equipment
- 2.2 | Frame / Chassis / Suspension
- 2.3 | Engine
- 3. | Accessories
- 4. | My Opinion / Your Thoughts?
- 5. | Technical Specifications
1. Introduction / Overview
Highlighted by a stylish design and enjoyable performance, Honda’s PCX150 has long been the ideal choice for riders who want to have a little fun while getting around. Thanks to its liquid-cooled engine and smooth lines, the 2019 PCX150 turns heads wherever it goes, while also offering great range and considerable comfort through its well-tuned chassis and dual rear shocks, now featuring 3.33 inches of travel. With a light curb weight of 289 pounds, a nimble 51.8 inch wheelbase and a low 30.1 inch seat height, the PCX150 is an easygoing scooter that brings an element of enjoyment to any ride.
Its success is down to a formula Honda has had many years’ experience in perfecting: its strong, modern design allows it to slip elegantly into a style-conscious urban lifestyle, while compact dimensions ensure it can plot a path through busy traffic – and park – with ease.
The sit-in riding position, underseat storage for a full-face helmet and all-round build quality provide the ‘X’ level of Personal Comfort which give the PCX its name. And not to forget, outstanding value for money – both at purchase and throughout ownership – has always helped underpin the PCX’s popularity.
Eye-catching looks have always been key to the PCX’s appeal, and for its 2019 upgrade upgrade natural contours and subtle chamfers give an even stronger substance to its trademark ‘flowing’ style. But there’s function too; more freedom to move for the rider, increased underseat carrying capacity and crisp LCD gauges to match the LED head and tail-lights.
A new tubular steel duplex frame maintains the PCX’s around-town agility while improving handling; redesigned wheels save weight, and wear larger tires. The shock absorbers feature tri-rate springs and extended travel.
While maintaining its outstanding fuel efficiency, the engine makes more peak power, thanks to redesigned airbox, inlet and exhaust, without sacrifices at the bottom of the rpm range with is of the utmost importance when it comes to riding in the city.
2. Key Features
2.1 Styling & Equipment
- New style blends natural curves into the PCX’s flowing design
- Strong visual identity from new LED headlight and position lights
- New, smart, easy-to-read inverse LCD instrumentation
- Expansive leg area offers optimal room for a comfortable riding position
- Large, lockable under-seat compartment now provides 28 liters of storage space
- LED headlights, taillight, turn signals, and license plate light add a distinctive look
- New LCD instrumentation includes fuel-consumption readout and clock, plus speedometer, odometer, trip meter, and fuel gauge
- X-shaped taillight assembly offers great visibility and supports overall design
- Integral 12-volt adaptor is a convenient charging point for personal electronics
- Storage compartment under dash for small items, with a large lid for easier access
A design signature of the PCX150 has always been the bodywork – with its strong character line and ‘block’ primary paint color – flowing together as a whole, front to rear.
The new PCX150 expands on the theme, and employs new, natural contours of continuously varying curves, delivering a strong visual statement with an upmarket feel. Again, the smooth, large areas are painted in the primary color and link front to rear without interruption, and the lower bodywork is also much more integrated into the overall styling.
Another detail redesign is the engine cover and airbox inlet, which are styled together as integrated parts. Finished in metallic silver, the engine cover emphasizes a solid mechanical strength; above it a black cover – which incorporates the air inlet – is elegantly shaped with a mixture of firm lines and softer curves.
From the front, the PCX150 also stakes out a strong identity; the LED headlights and razor-thin position lights slant independently upwards, with LED indicators discreetly filling out the upper, outer tips. This new ‘face’ also changes subtly between high and low beam. The slim LED rear tail light/indicator unit is still two-tiered, but larger in size for increased visibility.
The rider’s view of the cockpit has been enhanced – the use of black against chrome around the handlebars adds a premium touch, as do chromed, tapered handlebar bar ends. The large left hand fairing pocket will easily hold a water bottle or drinks can and now has an extended lid (compared to the old design) to allow the rider to access the contents easily. It also contains a 12V AC adaptor.
Seat height is up 4mm to 30.1 inches, but still very manageable with a ‘straddling’ height of 21.3 inches; the new bodywork allows the floor area to extend forward, giving more legroom. Both the seat and fuel lid are opened via one-touch switches (the seat itself has a sprung hinge, so it stays up when open) and the ignition has a key shutter for extra security.
Internal capacity of the underseat storage has been increased 1L to 28L, with no increase in body width, and will easily hold a full-face helmet. The owner’s manual and tool kit are now located on the underside of the seat.
A new central console design presents all the information neatly and concisely in an easy-to-read format. An inverted LCD displays the speed, while other information available includes odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, average fuel consumption and Idling Stop indicator.
The 2019 PCX150 will be available in only one color option:
- Bright Bronze Metallic
2.2 Frame / Chassis / Suspension
- Brand new steel duplex frame design contributes to reduced weight and added stability
- Rear shock absorbers moved back, with upgraded springs and longer stroke
- Lighter 8-spoke wheels replace the 5-spoke design
- Larger tires improve handling and fuel economy
- Large 2.1 gallon fuel tank located under floorboard for low center of gravity and enhanced riding traits
- Sidestand and centerstand offer parking versatility
- Larger, 100/80-14 front and 120/70-14 rear tires with optimized construction reduce energy loss due to tire deformation
- Available ABS (anti-lock brake system) enhances braking security in adverse riding conditions or emergency-stop situations
The 2019 PCX150 has a new frame; the tubular steel ‘underbone’ design of the previous model has been replaced with a full steel duplex cradle.
This has improved the machine’s handling ability and feel, without losing the in-town manoeuvrability the PCX has always been famous for, plus its user-friendliness and relaxed riding position. Also (for the first time on a Honda scooter) a plastic main fairing stay has replaced the steel structure used before; this, and the frame redesign has shaved 5.3lbs from the structure, further aiding agility.
Both front and rear wheels are lighter and use thinner rims which aides in the overall task of shaving weight, with an 8-spoke (rather than 5-spoke) design.
The front also employs a hollow hub to save weight. Tire sizes are also larger, 100/80-14 front and 120/70-14 rear (as opposed to 90/90-14 and 100/90-14) and combined with the new wheels not only ensure lighter handling but also contribute to the improved fuel economy through reduced tire deflection.
The 31mm front forks are unchanged with 2.42 inches of travel, but the rear shock absorbers are re-sited more towards the rear of the machine; they now use tri-rate (rather than dual) springs for a smoother ride, whether on rough city streets or out of town.
Stopping power is provided by the three piston caliper 220mm front disk brake, and 130mm rear drum brake; optional single-channel ABS operates on the front brake.
- Produces more peak power with no loss of bottom-end torque
- New intake and exhaust design delivers the high-rpm gain
- Engine displacement changes from 153cc to 149cc
- Liquid-cooled 149cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine is fuel efficient thanks to friction-reduction measures applied to engine internals
- Low-friction Honda V-Matic automatic transmission provides smooth, predictable acceleration while also bolstering fuel efficiency
The SOHC, liquid-cooled two-valve 149cc enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine powering the PCX150 offers compact durability with excellent performance away from the lights plus quiet, smooth operation and reduced CO2 production.
At this stage of its development more power at high rpm – with no loss of torque down low – was the target for improved performance in higher speed ranges.
To achieve their goals of adding more performance to the PCX150, the intake now has a 1L larger volume area than the previous design (achieved thanks to the rear shocks moving backward). The intake is positioned to the left and the location and profile of internal parts has been revised to allow the smoothest airflow path possible.
Not only does the new PCX150 do a better job of getting more air into the engine for added performance but its exhaust has also been optimized to improve flow and in return creating more horsepower and torque.
The compact radiator – integrated into the exterior of the right-side crankcase – uses a new shroud design with a larger volume at the two exhaust ports to improve transmission of hot air. This enhancement means a smaller fan – with revised blade shaping – delivers highly efficient cooling without the need for a larger radiator to deal with the extra heat generated by the increased power.
Also redesigned are the left side crankcase and the drive/driven pulley wheels of the V-Matic continuously variable transmission, which are now larger and feature revised profiles expanding the range of gear ratios. This change maintains acceleration in the low-speed range (compared to the previous model) and delivers linear – and stronger – acceleration at mid- to high-speed. It also reduces belt friction, which contributes to the outstanding MPG numbers that the PCX150 delivers.
The electronically controlled brushless ACG starter is an integrated component mounted directly on the end of the crankshaft, serving as starter motor and alternator. It spins the engine directly, eliminating any noise from gear engagement or meshing.
Greatly contributing to the engine’s fuel economy and performance is its layout, which is built around a host of low-friction technologies. An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore, efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft. A compact combustion chamber and optimized ignition timing combines with efficient cooling of the combustion chamber to aid resistance to ‘knocking’.
Bore and stroke is set at 57.3 x 57.9mm, with compression ratio of 10.6:1 from where last year’s PCX150 had a bore and stroke of 58 x 57.9mm while keeping the compression ratio the same. The difference in bore and stroke is why you’ll find that the outgoing PCX150 engine was technically at 153cc whereas the new redesigned PCX150 comes in at 149cc.
A ‘spiny’ cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction. A shell-type needle bearing is used for the rocker arm shaft while small and light rollers work in conjunction with cam profile and valve spring load.
A selection of genuine Honda Accessories are ready to customize the 2019 PCX150, including:
- Tall Windscreen
- Rear Trunk
- Trunk Base
- 1 Key Inner Cylinder
Accessory Warranty: Because Honda is so confident in the quality of each of their Honda Genuine Accessories, they offer one of the best warranties in the industry. A one-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer. * Accessory list is subject to change since this is a new model announcement. I’ll be updating this page with pictures of the 2019 PCX150 accessories very soon…
4. My Opinions / Your Thoughts?
Call me crazy… And most of my friends probably will if they read this but this little gem is something I’m looking forward to getting my hands on and riding. A lot of people will look at this and think it was just a simple redesign with only a few tweaks and changes here or there to make it look different while not really upgrading much on the bike but that’s where you would be wrong. Honda actually thought this one through with their R&D department and didn’t just hand it off to the styling guys and say “Hey, make this look different” or do the whole “BNG Update” you may have heard people joke around about with all of the manufacturers where all you get are Bold New Graphics which is what BNG stands for technically. The outgoing generation PCX150 was not only a blast to ride around town but it wasn’t too expensive either. It rides a fine line of what’s affordable to many and thankfully Honda didn’t go overboard with slapping a $3,999 MSRP or higher on the base model 2019 PCX150 like they could have with all of the changes they made for 2019. If you’re a Honda fan and follow their models, you may remember back in 2010 when Honda released The SH150i scooter here in the USA and that model came in at a whopping $4,499 MSRP and that was almost nine years ago… So when you look at it and compare the numbers with the technology being used etc and to me, even with the slight price increase you’re still getting a lot of bang for your buck. The small cc scooter market is cut throat though with all of the competition from not only Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Kymco and Piaggio but countless other smaller manufacturers out there that try and build them for pennies on the dollar so Honda has to be careful with where they go on the PCX150’s price-point. New technology and changes are always nice but there’s a tipping point to where the extra bells and whistles just aren’t worth the added costs associated with it. Long story short, before I ramble on too much, I think Honda has hit this one out of the park! Everything from the styling side of things to the mechanical changes and I’m looking forward to throwing my leg over one and taking it for a spin to see exactly how much those upgrades actually change how the PCX150 feels on the road. Cough cough… If you’re listening Honda, I’m open for a demo ride if you want to get me one before their official release date in July haha.
Now, I’ve shared my thoughts on the 2019 PCX150 so I’m interested to hear what you guys think. My past PCX150 posts have been some of my most read articles so there’s a lot of PCX fans out there in the world and I would love to hear what you guys think of not only the aesthetic tweaks to the 2019 PCX150 but also the mechanical changes. Do you think Honda hit it out of the park? What did they miss that you would have liked to see changed?
5. 2019 PCX150 Pictures / Photo Gallery
I’ll have more detailed pictures up soon so check back shortly for an update…
5. Technical 2019 PCX150 Specifications
|Model||2019 PCX150 ABS||2019 PCX150|
|Type||149cc liquid-cooled 80º single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||SOHC; two valves|
|Bore x Stroke||57.3mm x 57.9mm|
|Induction||Fuel injection; 26mm throttle body|
|Clutch||Automatic centrifugal dry type|
|Front||31mm telescopic fork; 2.42 in. travel|
|Rear||Twin shocks; 3.33 in. travel|
|Front||Hydraulic w/ single 220mm disc; ABS||Hydraulic w/ single 220mm disc|
|Rear||Mechanical w/ single 130mm drum; ABS||Mechanical w/ single 130mm drum|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||27º|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||2.1 gal.|
|Color||Bright Bronze Metallic|
|Curb Weight*||289 lbs.|
* Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.