• Jan 8th 2006 at 8:30PM
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Toyota showed the Yaris in Los Angeles a few days ago, now here is Honda's offering for the North American small car segment - the Fit. With Honda's formerly-small Civic moving upmarket, the company is targeting the Fit at first-time and cost-conscious buyers.

Aimed primarily at young buyers (the ones Mark Fields hopes to target with Ford's B-segment concept at the Detroit show), the Fit hits all the hot buttons: iPod capability, versatile cargo space, and fun driving dynamics.

Erin reports that the 1.5L 4-clinder VTEC engine puts out 109 hp/105 lb./ft of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed AT, which Honda claims is first-in-segment.  The Fit Sport will have wheel-mounted paddle shifters with the AT selection and a 160-watt six speaker audio system.  Fuel economy is rated at 33/38.

The Fit is expected to hit dealerships in April. More pics after the jump...

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I love Hondas. I like the Fit, but I would like it even more if it loses 400 pounds and replace the rear drum with disc brakes. I want a tin can with great mileage and an adequate performance. The 1.5 L is great if it also loses some weight.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Okay, so they brought back their five-door Civic hatchback (first introduced in 1979?) to compete with the other imports - fine. What I want to know is when will they bring back the Honda Civic SI Hatchback with the "rally-inspired" dash-mounted shifter?
      • 9 Years Ago
      3-cylinder Honda Civic and Geo Metro models in the early 1990s both got over 50 mpg and fit me (6 foot 4 inches, long legs) just fine. Sure they were small and lacked "pep," but I was willing to trade pep for that amazing mileage. What happened to these cars? Honda and Suzuki (which made the GEO) have had 15 years to refine them and bring them back, and they were NON-HYBRID, equivalent of sub-$13,000 cars today. What's going on? Am I the only guy who wants a low-cost, reliable commuter car?
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks like the last gen si...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I totally don't get this either. I was on a site looking at the new Yaris Mileage, it was actually less than the Corola. Now the Fit has about the same as the Civic. Kind of defeats the purpose of the super tiny engine.

      About mileage elsewhere, they often have smaller engines or more economy oriented engines as well they are often quoting imperial gallons. But still this is dissapointing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like it imma be in the market for my first new car this fall. I like small cars I thinks in black with 16in wheels maybe 17 to fill the space between it wouldn't look half bad.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's packaged well and likely will be popular for buyers in this class. The interior looks sharp and likely the Honda name will be attractive. However, the exterior styling is already dated. Very boring on the outside and it screams "econobox," which can be dangerous in this segment. These smaller cars tend to attract younger buyers who want something stylish, and they can find that from about everyone else. The Scions are much edgier and the Yaris looks much more current (though in my personal opinion I think it's in dire need of nose job), as do the new Rio and Accent and the upcoming Nissan Versa. I was interested in seeing if the Fit would get some fairly major styling tweaks before coming over to the USA, and it's a bit disappointing that it didn't get much, if anything...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Being a faithful Honda buyer for 22 years now, I can say I like the new Fit. My 18 year old daughter already has her money ready. Im a little shocked that the fuel economy isnt a touch better but its not bad. I saw the car today at a sneak preview at the Detroit Auto Show. Its a very nice car with lots of room for the size. I own the Ridgeline and just ordered the new Si. Once you own a Honda nothing else compares.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Won't sell much. Well not in the States anyways. Don't like the look.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Japan - we have a problem.

      I was assuming that since the Civic dropped the DX and HX, better efficiency models, that the new Fit would pick up the slack. But 33/38! Obviously the Fit is not going to be the civically minded, socially responsible vehicle. How uncharacteristically Honda. With more than half of the US going to be paying more than $3 per gallon by late summer, an HX/VX/FE model is a minimum requirement. I was expecting a non-hybrid in the 45/55 mpg range.

      How much longer can I keep my CRX HF going? Eighteen years old, 195k averaging 53 mpg is fine, but sooner or later that original clutch is going to go. Guess I have to look to the Civic.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's definitely aerodynamics. The new civic kills in the aero dep't - the Fit is closer to a bread box. The GMs aren't bad, really, but Honda always hits their mpg closer than anyone - even Toyota (whose hybrid SUV isn't even as good as a Ford Freestyle, probably due to aerodynamics).

      Everyone should keep in mind, you lose about 10 mpg on every car just from driving normally. I.e. Highway EPA figures are based on a speed like 45 mph, while I regularly do 75. And city driving is done with the minimum acceleration, so you lose about 10 there, too. Or more, if you're young and in a hurry.

      • 9 Years Ago
      i personally like the new honda fit. it has been selling in japan for a while now and the sucess is amazing. for all of u tuner guys or gals theres a lot of aftermarket parts to increase the performance/looks.
      a major aftermarket manufacter called spoon sports/opak racking has a lot.
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