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The Auto Channel has an extensive article on the Honda Fit, which recently went on sale in the U.S. It delves a little deeper into the five-door subcompact: a summary of its main features; in-depth discussions on the vehicle's exterior, engine and transmissions; an overview of the chassis; a look at the interior with its "Magic Seat"; safety features; and, finally, an overview of all available accessories.

Of even more interest are three videos showing the Fit on the road, a tour of its interior, and the car gettin' dizzy on a turntable.

[Source: The Auto Channel]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyotaguy => You're the kind of factless jerk that makes me hate the blog: Ancient stories, no new facts, and personal attacks based on racist anti american comments.
      • 9 Years Ago
      you should check out the Spoon Fit in japan, Spoon stuck in a k20 honda engine in the fit and it kept up with a regular s2k on the track.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If this econobox is faster than a Corvette Z06 through a salom, they must be launching it from a two mile running start!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hi, I have seen and driven the Fit DX in Canada, and have one on order. Yes, it is a little low key in styling but has lots and lots of pick up. It is the only subcompact that I can stuff my 60 lb. dog in the hatch without putting the seats down.
      Now I just wonder how long I will wait for the car, since the dealer could give me no info. on delivery from Alliston, Ont.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love these concept drawings! The bulging fenderlines look great, and strike an aggressive muscular stance. Too bad the real picture in the Autoblog post below, shows a smoothed out, flat sided doorstop look, with some tacky cladding at the bottom and front end. The real car looks like another Chevy Aveo, Kio Rio5 or Ford Focus warmed over, nothing so daring.

      These are important little cars, cheap entry level vehicles, last about 4-5 years until their 1.6L engines hit 60k, need a valve job and cam chain. Along with the body parts rattle and jangle, they become too expensive to repair, and the car gets tossed. It's cheap econo transportation, and good for the wallet. Not really the enthusiast's car, but light and tossable if you rev the crap out of the anemic engine.

      Unless, of course, you're in Bangkok or Rome where these are the standard family sedan!

      I sometimes wonder if buying a more substantial vehicle, like a Buick or BMW or Camry or Accord, and driving it 8 years isn't really better for the environment? With the cost and energy of producing new cheapo disposable cars, wouldn't it be better to have something that is very reliable and can be driven 100-200 miles? Just a thought. Still thinking of the article claiming that a Hummer H3 is more eco friendly in the real world away from MPG, than the high tech Prius, with it's toxic batteries and high use of energy to construct. Sad if true.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What I like about the Fit is that it seems to get back to the original soul of Honda cars way back when.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Tom Design #5- You are without a doubt a complete moron. Try not to compare the Honda to some junk like Ford ro Chevy. These engines are designed to last 250K. And you are not a idiot American and really change oil and filters and take care of the car, it will last that long easy!
      I had a 84 Honda Civic....lasted 276K until it went bad. Try to figure it out before you make such idiot staements.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The more I think about it, the more I like the idea that we are getting the existing Fit, introduced in 2005, and not the "refresh" Fit which is due out soon. Based on many reports on edmunds.com , the new 2006 Civic is buggy. (As was the last generation Civic during its first year, but now more people post on the web.)

      Even without the risk of introducing bugs during a refresh, there are issues with "federalizing" and "americanizing" the Fit, presently sold only in Asia and Europe. For example, EVERY fit here gets the 1.5, which is gargantuan compared to the small displacement engines which are stock in Asia and Europe for fuel economy and taxation reasons. Over here, the Fit gets the Civic (apparently) 5 speed auto instead of the CVT. The USA Fit also gets a 1.5 VTEC engine instead of the dual spark plug engine used overseas. Etc.

      When I bought a Scion xA in 2004, it had a few issues that Scion fixed very quickly in 2005 and 2006 - a weak aircon, excessivelyl harsh ride, and giant rear seat headrests that blocked the view. I suspect some similar, albeit minor, issues will emerge with the USA Fit.

      Honda "desperately" (is Honda ever desperate about anything?) needs the Fit, since the new Civic, although selling well now that MPG are fashionable again, is priced in nose-bleed territory (it doesn't hurt that the Civic looks suspiciously like that trend-setting Hollywood car, the Prius). Also, the Fit got RAVE reviews for handling from Car and Driver, something the Scion xA never got. Maybe Honda, at least a little, is returning to its "driver's car" roots.

      Meanwhile the Scion xA is much cheaper than the Fit, after taking into account equipment levels, and is much easier to find and buy. Look for (my bet) a freshened Scion xA based on the Yaris this fall. Same puny engine, but maybe a better wheelbase and hence ride.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To Tom Design (#5), have you ever owned one of these small cars? I have owned 3 Honda products, 2 Civics and an Acura Integra, and they didn't require " a valve job and cam chain " at 60k. It did require a cam BELT at 90k miles. My '89 civic went 130 thousand on it's original engine, original clutch, and as far as brakes, it required new pads at 50 thousand mile intervals. I didn't "throw it away", my insurance company did after it was totalled. My next Civic was bought used/abused? with 70k on it. It did develop some kind of oil leak that required an early engine replacement. I replaced it's 1.5 liter fuel sipper engine with a modded 1.8 Integra engine. This engine now has 130k miles on it, gets 40+ miles per gallon on trips, and can propel the car to over 130 mph (as indicated on the speedo). These cars aren't what I would consider to be "throwaway"...they become throwaway when they aren't properly maintained. But any car not properly maintained will be worthless in short order. Is a Fit therefore, a better or worse hit to the environment than, say a much heavier and less fuel efficient Camry or Accord? For starters, last time I checked, Camry and Accords also had timing chains/belts.
      If you are biased AGAINST Japanese cars, just say so.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It didn't beat the Z06 in the slalom, it had a faster speed in the Car and Driver lane-change test with 71.4 mph.
      For comparison that's 6 mph better than all the the other $15k cars in the comparison test. I looked up the numbers for some of the other cars they tested recently: the Z06 did 65.8, the Viper 65.9, M5 65.6 and a Miata 65.7.
      The Fit smoked them all. Amazing!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm having a hard time warming to the styling--did the same studio that designed the new Civic have a hand in this car?. But I like smaller, agile cars so will definitely test drive this one. Maybe it'll feel the way Civics used to before they got so big and refined.

      The base price doesn't look so good until you perform a feature-adjusted comparison. Then it's about two grand below a Civic.

      Price comparisons: http://www.truedelta.com
      • 9 Years Ago
      kinda lame that it doesn't get any better fuel economy than a civic.
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