• 2012 Honda Fit Sport.
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  • 2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine.
The trusty Honda Fit hatchback was far and away the segment leader when the second-generation car arrived in late 2008. But since then, the B-segment has been a huge point of attention for many automakers, and as such, Honda's all-star now has some pretty serious competition from the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Mazda2, not to mention soon-to-be-released newcomers like the Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio.

In an effort to keep the Fit fresh, Honda has, um, fitted it with some new standard equipment for 2012, as well as some minor styling tweaks. Sport models now get a new grille, black headlight bezels and a new finish for the 16-inch alloy wheels. The base Fit receives body-colored mirrors and a new wheel cover design. New standard features on the Fit Sport include steering wheel-mounted audio controls, as well as Bluetooth hands-free telephone on navigation-equipped cars.

Under the hood, the Fit's 1.5-liter inline-four carries on unchanged, producing 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a manual or automatic transmission, both of which are five-speed units. It'll be another couple of years before the Fit's all-new replacement arrives. Just in time, too – by then it'll be the old dog in a segment of new pups. Follow the jump for Honda's official release.
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2012 Honda Fit Receives Updates and More Features

Versatile, fuel-efficient and fun five-door now features a quieter interior and available Bluetooth HandsFreeLink


The Honda Fit builds on its proven strengths for 2012 with updated styling on Fit Sport, interior upgrades on all models, and the addition of new standard and available features.

The Fit's compact size and tight turning diameter (34.4 feet, curb-to-curb) can conveniently navigate space-confined urban areas and fit in small parking spaces. Yet a roomy and versatile interior offers the convenience and cargo volume of a relatively larger vehicle. Compared to any other vehicle in the subcompact class, the five-passenger Fit provides the lowest, flattest cargo floor and the most cargo volume of 57.3 cu-ft. when the rear seats are down. Its four distinct seat configurations are designed to accommodate large objects ranging from mountain bikes to surfboards to tall houseplants.

Fit Sport exterior updates for 2012 include new designs for the front grille and bumper, black headlight bezels and a dark "machined surface" finish for the alloy wheels (replaces a painted finish appearance). The entry-model Fit retains its exclusive front fascia design and for 2012 receives body-color exterior mirrors (previously black) and updated wheel covers.

Inside, the Fit Sport interior is enhanced with dark metallic dashboard components for a unified color theme (replacing the previous gray and black theme). Fit Sport receives additional chrome accents around instrument displays. All models receive newly designed console-mounted center beverage holders along with console ambient lighting, which provide easier access and greater stability. All models also receive added sound insulation measures in the floor, front fenders and A-pillars, plus thicker front corner-window glass, to help create a quieter, more-refined cabin environment. Two new colors are available: Blue Raspberry Metallic and Orangeburst Metallic, which replace similar colors from the prior model year.

The top-of-the-line Fit Sport includes a long list of exclusive, standard features compared to the entry-model Fit. For 2012, it gains standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls for fingertip operation (previously exclusive to navigation-equipped models) and upgraded seat fabric. When equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition5, the Fit Sport now includes Bluetooth®1 HandsFreeLink® to help make hands-free telephone calls more convenient. The enhanced system also includes a Bluetooth Audio capability with compatible phones and devices.

Though the Fit has an overall exterior length of just 161.6 inches, the interior provides an impressive 90.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. There's comfortable seating for up to five passengers, and behind the rear seats, there's 20.6 cubic feet of storage space – much more than you'd find in a typical sedan. For enhanced versatility, the exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat® offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations. With its one-motion dive-down functionality, it can fold flat into the floor to maximize rear cargo volume. The Fit's interior can also be easily converted to tall object mode or long object mode based on the shape of the cargo.

The 1.5-liter, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine is tuned to deliver an engaging combination of power and fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport models equipped with the available automatic transmission allow for manual gear selection.

All models are powered by a four-cylinder engine that produces 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. When equipped with the available automatic transmission, the Fit has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 28/35/31 miles per gallon3. The Fit Sport with the available automatic transmission has an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating3 of 27/33/30 miles per gallon. All manual transmission-equipped models have an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 27/33/29 miles per gallon3.

A sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience is provided by the front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension. Fifteen- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.

All Fit models are equipped with a wide range of standard safety equipment including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are also standard equipment for 2012.

Standard comfort and convenience features include air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a USB audio interface4, an auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors, power door locks and a security system.

The Fit Sport adds or replaces: alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, illuminated steering wheel mounted audio controls and upgraded seat fabric. For improved audio performance, the Fit Sport audio system has a total of six speakers. The Fit Sport is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition, which features a 6.5-inch screen and more than seven million points of interest. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System debuting on the 2012 Fit Sport features 16 GB of flash memory in place of the DVD-based system used previously. Like other Honda navigation systems, this new system allows simple, intuitive operation and has an extensive on-board database.

Awards and accolades include being named to Car and Driver Magazine's "10Best Cars" list (www.caranddriver.com) continuously from 2007 through 20112. In the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, the Fit earned the highest initial quality score in its segment. The Fit has also been named a 2011 Top RecommendedSM vehicle by Edmunds.com in its 2011 New Car Sedan Buying Guide. In addition, the Fit captured the 2011 Residual Value Award for "Best Sub Compact Car" from ALG.


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      dezoris00
      • 3 Years Ago
      Biggest upgrade here is the seat fabric. Almost every owner complained about the seating surface collecting link and just feeling cheap. The only thing that is lacking is a 6 speed manual. It could easily add 15% better fuel economy.
        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dezoris00
        Yes, but you'd kill yourself trying to pull out to pass on a highway with it in 6th gear...
          John S
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MJC
          downshifting. it's not hard.
          Justin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MJC
          MJC, there are automatics for those kind of people. BTW I pass people in my 100 hp 3400 lb Ranger and Ranger drivers all over the country are still alive.
          MJC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MJC
          Yes, you and I know how to downshift. Not everyone does or will. You can bet Honda doesn't want to get the phone call from someone who tries to overtake on a 2-lane road in 6th gear with 106 lb/ft of torque and gets hit head on.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is pretty solid... i dont think they really need to change anything but the engine and tranny
        BakedCookies
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        This, I've had my 2009 Fit sport for 3 years now, love everything about this car except for the fact that it can't get out of its own way.
          dci gene shunt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BakedCookies
          I've had my '11 Fit Sport for 3 months, and hit 350 miles/tank. I regret not trading in my MINI for this sooner. I still want to stuff a pinball machine in the back.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car deserves better fuel economy ratings...where is the modern 6 speed manual/automatic? This should easily be getting an EPA 40mpg highway, no excuses. Some update, thanks for the ugly honeycomb grill.
      lostjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe some day it will get better mileage than the Civic....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lostjr
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      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car enthusiasts view the Fit as one of the last traditional Hondas available in the US--small, stylish, functional and fun. It's what the Civic used to be. The 2nd generation Fit only got better, and although this facelift is a little weak, I think the car will continue to do well. I'm not one to get a manual Fit, but any word on whether they fixed the awfully short 5th gear on the MT? They ought to just put in a 6-spd.
        Sean Thompson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        I've got a 2006 Civic ... but would like to replace it in a few years with a brand new Fit. But I'd like a bit more power ... or at least INSANE fuel econopy (45+mpg like my '95 Civic got). And throw in a longer geared 6 speed as well. Honda wants the cruise control to work in all speeds so they gear the final drive too short in almost all their cars.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sean Thompson
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      The biggest problem with the Fit is it's mpg. You'd expect better from a car this small and from a Honda.
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I find it funny that the owners with real world data are getting down rated. I'm not trying to sell a Honda Fit to anyone but I would like to diffuse common misconceptions of this little car. Real world MPG is generally 5-15% better than what the EPA estimates and that's a fact. Of course none of that matters because the Honda-hate bandwagon is direct injected, gets 60mpg with 200hp, and has 4-wheel disk brakes...
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I've been getting an average of 40mpg on my 2007 5MT Fit and I don't even know how to hypermile; about 50% of that is highway driving and 50% of that highway driving is in LA traffic. 4k rpm shifts, 65-70mph on the freeway, and I've got 70k on the odometer. If that's "the biggest problem with the Fit" then there's no questioning why it's the leader in its class.
        DCI Gene Shunt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        REALLY? The mpg is the biggest problem? I'm getting amazing numbers on mine.
        bomgd3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I get 33 mpg city, 38 highway in my 2008 model and I typically shift around 3000 rpm and do lots of downshifting. I do go into 5th very quickly, usually by 35mph. I've never, ever seen it dip below 30 mpg even in the winter. My numbers are NOT exaggerated, but you'll have to take my word on that I suppose. It seems to me that the newer subcompacts are gaming the EPA tests, because I usually see them testing in the low 30's combined in auto publications.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lemonite
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. Looking for a hatch, rode in one, seats were terribly uncomfortable and felt like the wheels were bolted directly to the chassis without any dampers; it also looks like a teen car. Lots of room though. Waiting for officially official engine/interior updates to Mazda3 and Impreza.
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      While i do like the fit i must say that it does not get near the mileage it should. Why is it that i can get a hyundai sonata with 200hp that gets better mileage than the fit on the hwy? When you consider how high the bar has been raised for other 2012 economy cars, i cant help but feel that the fit will not compete well. 40mpg with around 130+ hp seems to be the new norm in this segment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bonehead
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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhh... that's nice. How about updating your engine so that you can catch up to you know.. General motors and Ford.. LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
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          postpast
          • 3 Years Ago
          That’s why I see GM's all the time that have over 400 000 on them. I think GM went bankrupt because their cars were lasting too long.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          They went bankrupt because of pride and ignorance.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          proof please........speculation and sweeping comments dont cut it....
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Fiesta has +3hp and +6lbft and just came out this year, so I would say Ford has just caught up to Honda in this category. GM has nothing to compete, unless you're counting the Aveo or unreleased Spark.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MechE
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          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MechE
          "Fiesta has +3hp and +6lbft and just came out this year, so I would say Ford has just caught up to Honda in this category. GM has nothing to compete, unless you're counting the Aveo or unreleased Spark." The US market is hardly a paradigm for the B-segment. To say that Ford is onlt just catching up in this segment is absolute rubbish, since the Fiesta is now 35 years old. The mk6 Fiesta is now well into its third year, and only a year younger than the second-generation Jazz/Fit. In many markets, GM's main B-segment competitor is the Corsa, which has a comparable range of engine options to the Honda and the Ford. However, out of the three, the Honda lacks any diesel options.
          sstowes
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MechE
          @aatbloke1967, Your argument is commendable, except one thing: YOUR small Honda is called the "Jazz" and IT competes in a market where the Fiesta is 35 years old (by the way, the way you wrote it makes it sound as if the Jazz competes a 35 year old Fiesta). Here in the U.S. the Fit has very little contention for small cars thanks to its extremely versatile seating. The Versa outsells the Fit (mainly because it comes in two forms to the Fits one), and the Fiesta has slightly better interior materials (Accent has more standard power), but none of those things seem to matter to Fit buyers. I'm not necessarily arguing FOR the Fit, but I will say Honda is resting one the Fit's versatility much like it has rested on the Accord and Civic's nameplates. Time will tell how successful it will continue to be.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Guys, i said "updating your engine". I was not referring to reliability, looks, or design. Compare the MPG reported for the fiesta or the upcoming spark; you will easily see that the L15 Honda Fit engine is behind and has been for a while. It doesn't even stack up to the torquey little mill in the Yaris either.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
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      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good ole Honda... can we actually do an engine update for once....
      slip_angle
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a really weird post... just because a car is introduced in 2009 doesn't mean that it's automatically worse than one introduced in 2010 or 2011, and a one- or two-year difference doesn't mean a car is an "old dog" anyway. Gives me the strong feeling that Steven hasn't driven all (or maybe any) of the cars in this class but just needed an angle for the story. I'm not a Honda fan boy, but having driven most of these cheap boxes the Fit is still by some margin the most fun to drive, especially with a stick, and it still has the best cargo volume with the rear seats collapsed into the floor. Strange stuff going on with the journalism on this site...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @slip_angle
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