• Apr 3, 2006
Both Consumer Guide and Edmunds have published new reviews of the Honda Fit, which went on sale this weekend.

The Consumer Guide report found the tested Sport's version to be comfortable for the vehicle's class. Steering was surprisingly agile, though there was some body lean. The 109 horsepower engine definitely required planning on the driver's part when making a lane change. Driver seating, interestingly enough, is actually higher than the bigger Civic model.

The Edmund review found a surprising amount of room inside despite the exterior's diminutive dimensions. Part of this is due to the vehicle's fuel tank placement. Their staffers really liked the reclining rear-seat headrests. As for driving, testers liked the manual shifter, though the automatic version seemed to have more 'zip' than its self-shift sibling. Testers also found the Fit to be balanced and stable on the road and track (similar to the Consumer Guide report). Their biggest complaint was the 10.8 gallon fuel tank, though the Fit did average 32 miles per gallon.

Full details can be found here (Consumer Guide) and here (Edmunds). Additional Autoblog coverage can also be found here and here.

[Sources: Consumer Guide and Edmunds]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like an amazing little car, but the price is the only thing that has me scratching my head. For 16 grand, I got my tC which outperforms just about everything about this car except the gas mileage and the stock SAB (the tC has them for an extra $600).

      If this were priced lower, it'd be a slam dunk. Where it is, it may be a hit, or it might get totally obscured by the Civic when its all said and done.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Question. If the Honda Fit is so innovative in it's (sic) fuel saving technology, then why is it that my 1987 Nissan Sentra with the carbureted E16 gets about the same gas mileage?"

      Most likely because of your Sentra's low curb weight, 30% less horsepower (I believe 70 HP for the 1.6 no- FI), lack of mpg robbing power accessories (power steering/air conditioner), and general runabout nature.
      I'm not arguing that the Fit is the most efficient vehicle of all time, heck a few years ago I had a Civic HX hatch that would get consistently get 45 MPG. Although technology has certainly improved in the last decade, vehicle size and power have only increased, thus increasingly the complexity of extracting optimal mileage. In comparison to other 2007 models in its class (Namely the Kio Rio and Chevy Aveo), the Fit is certainly one of the most frugal. Too bad Honda won't import the 1.2 and 1.5 i-Dsi Fits they sell in Europe. Utilizing two spark plugs per cylinder along with a high 10.5:1 compression ratio these two beuts casually sip petrol to the tune of 48 and 52 MPG, respectively.

      http://media.honda.co.uk
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't remember the last time so much fuss was made over such a boring little car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ted, I agree with you that the Fit is a good car for the money.

      I think the Versa boners aren't necessarily for the mpg but the CVT/ 6 spd, the extra 10 hp, and the 4.5 inches of extra legroom in the rear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jerry Flint hits it on the head. The Versa is more car for the money and it has a CVT! You may not like the styling, but if you have to move lots of stuff or people around and still get good gas mileage, the Versa is your future.

      http://wardsautoworld.com/ar/auto_start_mileage_race_2/

      • 8 Years Ago
      The Versa is looking better and better. Nissan states it gets 38MPG combined. Plus with the CVT and the timing chain, it's hard to argue against it. Although, I did build on with all the options, and the car easily hit 19 grand. Ouch!
      • 8 Years Ago
      12. I can't remember the last time so much fuss was made over such a boring little car.

      Thickheaded Americans like you is whats holding back society from embracing fuel efficient vehicles like the Fit. The SUV boom of the 1990s has nearly buried itself alive today; consumer interest is definitely shifting to smaller more economical vehicles. So what if sales of the 2007 Tahoe are up 47% over last year? Sales of the new model are strong due its novelty factor as and the neoconservative right that cant fathom driving anything smaller than a 3 ton brick. For the average American, $3.00 gas this summer will certainly prompt more than a few individuals to take a long hard on look at the vehicles they drive. I envision the Fit, Vespa, and Yaris accounting for at least 500,000 vehicles sold in the 2007 model year.

      • 8 Years Ago
      So, Edmonds says the Fit has a "lively engine", with "exciting options" while the Dodge Caliber is "fairly high" in versatility, and has "adequate" performance.

      whiskey tango foxtrot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Car and Driver likes the Honda Fit too. In this month's issue they have a 7 way comparo that works out like this"
      Mike where did you get this info?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For all who brag about the Versa's more powerful engine,..look at the numbers. Fit 0-60 8.7(fastest in the group), Versa 9.4, Observed fuel economy by C&D, Fit 35, Versa 28. For everyone bashing imports..there is a reason GM is going bankrupt, their products are garbage. Sit in a chevy..it feels like 1993. Now any new honda/toyota...no rattles, high quality materials, amazing fit/finish,..lets not even talk about reliability, as i was a service manager for a toyota/pontiac dealer and can tell you which ones were ALWAYS breaking(hint, made by GM)! This honda has won awards for many reasons. As far as looks, thats an opinion. Look at facts, they don't change. The Versa is a good car, but once the options are similar to the fit they are priced the same. Drive them all and make your own decision.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the Fit, but it's a little too pricey for me - I was hoping it would at least undercut the Scion xA! I've been looking at the Toyota Yaris, which I like, and the price is right.. I do want a 5-door, though...I think I'll look into the Nissan Versa more. It's hard to be excited about a frumpy looking car, but I'm not buying a car for looks.

      Truth be told, though, I'm really hoping Suzuki brings their new Swift to America soon - if they announce it at New York, I'll put off my purchase. If reviews in Europe are any indication, the Swift is astronomically better than the Daewoo-sourced Reno - and it's got cool, faux-Mini styling to boot. Bring it over, Suzuki!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Addendum to my previous post... again, I don't have exact measurements, but C&D puts the front passenger volume of the Fit and Versa both at 52 cf, with all the extra roominess of the Versa going to the rear passenger area. So that will be a plus for some people, and not for others. If you often have to carry adults in the rear (or perhaps 3 kids vs. 2), the Versa's 43 cf will presumably be noticeably more spacious than the Fit's 38.
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