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Vital Stats

Engine:
1.5L I4
Power:
117 HP / 106 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
2,577 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
20.6 / 57.3 CU FT
MPG:
28 City / 33 HWY
Base Price:
$17,160
As Tested Price:
$20,570
Revisiting The Runabout Of Record



The current Honda Fit has been around the block a few times. The subcompact hatch has soldiered on without significant revision since its first update for US customers in 2009, and while Honda is on the verge of launching a third generation, we thought we'd take the time to see how the runabout stacks up against the new wave of small, efficient and plucky five-doors now on the American market. Those include old standbys like the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, as well as relative newcomers like the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta.

Those machines may have all covered ground on the Fit, but Honda's wee machine holds a pleasant surprise for those buyers still willing to give the car the time of day. While the rest of the Japanese automaker's lineup has succumbed to dreaded model bloat, the Fit has remained true to the spirit of Honda that we remember from our vagabond youths. This may very well still be the closest genetic ancestor to the Civic models of old.

Outside, the Fit Sport continues to wear its "I'm the meanest June Bug" looks with pride. The oversized, wedge-shaped headlamps and aggressive lower fascia help lend the design plenty of attitude up front, and our tester's 16-inch alloy wheels keep this Honda from looking like it was the cheapest thing on the lot. Still, with a massive windscreen, tall greenhouse and short wheelbase, the Fit Sport can't help but look over-inflated, but that's a criticism we could levy at nearly every other product in this segment as well.
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Once you're indoors, the bulbous exterior starts to make more sense.

The Sport body kit plays nicely with the Fit's attractive lines, which keep the aesthetics from turning too slab sided. Step around to the rear, and the subcompact serves up a surprising helping of angles, both in its number plate inset and with the hatch lines themselves. Sport guise also contributes a small rear diffuser and spoiler, and while the bits aren't fooling anyone into believing they actually deliver any major aerodynamic benefit, we appreciate the styling choice all the same.

Once you're indoors, the bulbous exterior starts to make more sense. The Fit Sport still delivers an impressive amount of headroom for passengers both front and rear. With 40.4 inches up front, the Fit bests the Sonic, Fiesta and Yaris. Only the Versa hatchback offers more space for your cranium, and only a smidge more at that with 40.6 inches (Nissan isn't offering a 2013 model year Versa hatchback; it's being replaced later this year by the 2014 Versa Note). Rear passengers, though, will find more headroom in the Honda than any of its competitors.

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It's not just maximum cargo space where the Fit still wins, but also how those cubes are reconfigurable.

Some six years later, the plucky little five-door continues to be a packaging wonder. Its flat load floor helps deliver a surprising amount of cargo area with the rear bench folded – up to 57.3 cubic feet. That number is more than twice what the Fiesta delivers, bests the Sonic by 10 cubes and the Versa hatchback by nearly seven. In fact, it's more space than class-above competitors like the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra GT and Mazda3 hatchbacks. And it's not just maximum cargo space where the Fit still wins, but also how those cubes are reconfigurable to accept objects of various shape and size. The trick second-row seat bottoms flip up to provide more vertical cubes of stowage space than a car this size should allow, and the front passenger seat tilts all the way back to help accommodate objects up to seven-foot, nine-inches in length. For people who want maximum utility in the smallest, least expensive package possible, the Fit is king.

The Fit also delivers a refreshingly unfussy dash bereft of the smattering of screens or jigsaw assembly Honda seems enamored with as of late. Instead, the driver gets treated to a logical instrument cluster with simple, easy-to-read gauges. Our Sport tester came with an attractive steering wheel with a stitched and perforated cover. Redundant controls and paddle shifters are part of the package as well, but don't expect those paddles to do anything beyond look good. Click the hardware and the delay between shifts is long enough to write, publish and distribute your own novella.

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If the rest of the segment has made up ground on the Fit anywhere, it's underhood.

That's not to say we're in love with everything indoors. The infotainment system is showing its age in a big way, with pixelated graphics and slow response times between input and execution. We've seen gas station fuel pumps with more sophisticated interfaces. And while the seats are both supportive and comfy, the cloth material is nearly impossible to keep clean with thousands of little pockets to trap lint and other detritus of modern life. Still, those are small complaints for a car with this many years on its bones.

Under the hood, you'll find the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque, and our tester marries the mill with a five-speed automatic transmission. If the rest of the segment has made up ground on the Fit anywhere, it's here. Chevrolet will gladly sell you a Sonic with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder good for 128 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, and when paired with a six-speed automatic, the combination is good for 27 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway. Throw a manual six-speed in there and those figures climb to 29 and 40.

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For comparison, the Fit can only manage 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway regardless of the transmission choice, and while the Sonic weighs in a full 200 pounds more than the Fit, the Chevrolet feels markedly more confident on the road. Likewise, the Fiesta delivers an Environmental Protection Agency-rated 29 mpg city and 33 mpg combined with a few extra ponies over the Fit.

You can a have a plethora of fun before you get anywhere near the limits of the vehicle or the law.

That said, the Fit is a shockingly enjoyable car to drive. Getting anywhere with any speed requires a certain familiarity with the engine's upper octaves, but like most Honda four-cylinders, the 1.5 loves to be wound out. Let the variable valve timing system do its magic and the engine does its best to come alive. But the real pleasure is in the vehicle's light weight and nimble feel, excellent suspension tuning and capable brakes. You can a have a plethora of fun in this machine before you get anywhere near the limits of the vehicle or the law. What's more, it doesn't take any work to hit those EPA figures, something we can't necessarily say for its competitors. We saw over 31 mpg even with a fair slice of hammering.

In this way, the Fit can't help but feel like a carbon copy of the Civics of old. This car is perhaps the last in the Honda stable that can follow its footsteps right back to the EF and EG generations, and it feels great for it. It also pulls at those heartstrings that are still tender for the Honda we've lost.



On the highway, the Fit is as quiet as any of its competitors and feels stable at speed. Though it may take some time to reach traveling speed, the driveline doesn't seem harried or out of breath at 70 miles per hour. As such, we could easily see covering four hours or so of roadway without wanting to feed our faces to a wood chipper. That's more than we can say for the Nissan Versa.

We have to tip our hat to the Fit for staying as sharp as it has for so long.

Make no mistake, the Chevrolet Sonic with the optional turbo engine is by far more entertaining to toss around, and it isn't as if opting for the more powerful engine will break the bank. Chevrolet asks just $700 to step up to the turbo in LT trim. Our Fit tester clicked up to just $20,580 with a $790 destination fee, complete with navigation, a six-speaker stereo and Bluetooth capability, which puts it neck and neck with its competitive set.

We have to tip our hat to the Fit for staying as sharp as it has for so long. While you can have more fun and get better EPA numbers out of some other players in this neck of the woods, the smallest of the Honda family still offers unbeatable interior space and an excellent drive. At the end of the day, this car is still far from the back of the pack and can hold its head high among much fresher metal.


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      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why Honda has yet to add a 6th gear to the Fit just absurd.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Andrew Beck
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an older fit (a 2009) and if I had to replace it, I'd probably get another Fit. It's not that I can't spend more money on a car, it's just that no one offers something similar. If there was a Civic or Cruise wagon, I'd be all over them. The hatches of the class above don't offer as much space, so I don't want one of those. My previous Audi soured me on German cars so the the Jetta is out. The Subaru Impreza has less cargo room. The C-Max is close, but still has less capacity and you have to pay for the hybrid system. I don't want to buy a crossover.
      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have an '09 Fit Sport with 45K and love it. The space, visibility, and feeling of roominess inside are incredible and I've yet to find something to carry that won't, well, fit.. We get an overall 30 MPG and got almost 37 on a recent interstate jaunt up to Jacksonville, and the car sounds racy even though it isn't. The only issue I have with my Fit is the fat A pillars that block your view on left turns, but you learn to look around it after the first time you nearly hit the oncoming SUV the pillar completely covered. Narrower pillars on the next gen please. Arigatou gozaimasu, Honda-san..
      serfcity
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a 08 Fit 5sp with over 120k and only thing we have replaced is tires/brakes and plugs and an O2 sensor. Only complaint is that it needs a 6 sp! Still tight, even with all the miles. The 09 Fit is not as functional with interior space as the top is slopped, and the rear hatch is smaller than the 2007/08 models. Can put a road bike INSIDE the car without taking the front wheel /seat off. Cannot fit a road bike in Mazda 3 , Sonic . Or the 2009 or newer fit without taking the front wheel off. '( had 3 people' and 3 road bikes inside the car (front wheels off) NOTE TO HONDA: don't make the 3rd Gen Fit ANY BIGGER not 1 inch longer/wider/heavier.. U will screw it up like you have ALL your other model s for the last 10 years!!! (Toyota wreaked the XB by making it a blotted box and killed the MPG). Offer heated seats and more comfortable seats,. asunroof and make the MT a SIX SPEED!! Could use 20 more HP, but the current is OK if a 6 sp was offered. Also, for ALL Hondas, offer better colors vs your current boring grays/blacks and offer better color choices for interiors not just gray/black. Red leatherette would nice on white/black/silver Honda has lost its way by only offering bland appliance type cars. The CRZ is a car that makes no one happy! Poor MPG for a hybrid , and slow as a pig. The current Insight is out sold by the Puris by a 10 to1 margin for a reason. I have a Gen 1 Insight that has life time aver of 57.4 mpg and have gotten 750 on a 10 gal tank of gas 74.7!! mpg (Normally get 50-52 in city and 58/62 Hyw.. And the car is 13 yrs old!! I have had 12 Hondas over the past 43 years ( 1st Honda was a S800 conv), and if Honda does not start offering entertaining cars again such as S2000 CRX. DelSol, Integra RSX, type R , etc that are fun to drive with engines that are effecient and offer excellent performance it will be the 1st time in over 40 years that a Honda will NOT fill a space in my garage.! And I am sure Honda could care less what I think but they have lost 1000's of customers over the past 10years by offering boring vanilla type cars vs the cars that were "cutting edge " in the 80/90's and early 2000's that had a huge following. Honda, are you listening ??
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good city cars, but for highway use, it really needs another gear on the Manual Transmission. The MT Fit may have the dubious distinction of having the highest RPM while highway cruising of any car on the road.
      Andre B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 08 Fit Sport A/T is going to hit 40k miles this week and I still love it. I plan to replace it soon just because of changing life circumstances, but the Fit has been a great car.
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am just selling my Fit 2010 with low mileage because I am fed up with it. It has some fantastic qualities: this thing is transformer, is fun to drive, is not a gas guzzler and is good looking. But it has faults I just can't live with any more. I bought mine used last year and it always as problems, not big ones, but small annoying ones. I know I'm unlucky but I it is annoying. And it's very noisy, even with added insulation it is borderline crazy. I do not listen to the radio on the highway, too much noise. And the AC is very weak. This is is a city car and as one I would recommend this car. But since things changed in my life and I take the highway more often it is not adapted at all.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thequebecerinfrance
        If you can accept the boxy Scion xB 's looks, it's a much better car for frequent highway use. Quieter, more refined, and believe it or not, even more room than the Fit. I've grown to love the quirky Japanese look and I want to buy a 2013 (updated with LED DRLs) to replace my wife's Accord.
      jburr65459
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love my Fit. Have owned Hondas for many years and this is the most fun and economical car to drive. Had the interior covered with leather which makes it so easy to keep clean...worth the extra $$$. I can Fit into parking places easily that other cars can't.
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      Kelly
      • 2 Months Ago

      I have a Honda fit sport and I absolutely LOVE it!!  I am a filmmaker by day and I've had to carry tons of considerably heavy gear in it, long distances, and it was able to keep up with a Honda ridgeline just fine. This thing may look small and weak to some, but it's got some serious attitude, it is VERY comfortable, can dodge traffic like a beast (hehe), and it is super roomy. At first, I didn't like this car for various reasons but it quickly stole my heart. The only reason that I may trade it in is due to my situation of having to travel a lot in more rugged terrain...like snow. But this car is an absolute gem and if I wanted to push it to it's max, it probably wouldn't even complain. Now I sound crazy talking about this car but I can't express how great it is. I give it a 4.5 out of 5. I'd give it 5 but I have to confess, the one thing it hates, is any type of snow. 

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        scionxd48
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's certain Canadian market models, all US market models are still built in Japan.
        cpmanx
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nope. Fits sold in the US come from Japan. They'll be sourced from Celaya, Mexico, starting next year.
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