Captain Jean-Luc Picard would be proud to see what Honda has done with its hybrid. The interior of the car looks very Star Trek-like, with the futuristic design cleverly mixed with ergonomics.
Probably the most interesting aspect inside the car is actually that most of the things are not in the place you'd expect them to be. Except for the power windows controls that are placed on the doors, just like in most “regular” cars out there.
The center console, if we can call it that way taking into account that it's more like an irregular shaped panel full of controls, lets the driver browse among the audio system's settings and switch from radio to auxiliary modes and vice-versa. Unconventionality continues with the automatic climate controls' position: all buttons are placed right next to the steering wheel in a separate “column” that continues the dashboard cover mounted above the gauges.
And talking about the gauges, this is the moment to take your Star Trek costume on and get ready to embark on USS Enterprise. With several blue and green painted parts, in an effort to underline the car's affinity for environmental protection, the high-end dashboard lights keep you up to date with basically whatever happens to the car, regardless if we're talking about the combustion engine or the electric motor.
The speedometer's colors vary on your driving style: if you're the kind of tree-hugger and drive very economically, it would glow green, but it would turn to bright blue as soon as you press the throttle pedal a little bit harder. Obviously, it would be colored with a blend of blue and green if you're driving somewhere in between.
In the middle of the dashboard screen there's the multi-information display, a tiny device that provides feedback regarding your Eco way to handle the car. It shows several graphs supposed to help the driver improve mileage, plus a number of other figures, such as fuel consumption and exterior temperature.
We saved the best for last: just next to the steering wheel, there's the ECON button that changes certain settings of the car for increasing mileage. Drive as economically as possible and you'll be rewarded: a plant symbol will appear on the dashboard. Continue that way and you'll add some leaves and, in the end, get a flower.Continue reading